Did Army award Silver Stars without telling recipients?
October 5th, 2012
08:16 PM ET

Did Army award Silver Stars without telling recipients?

By Mike Mount

The accidental posting of personal information online about top Army combat award recipients has created confusion over whether some soldiers were ever told that they had earned Silver Stars for heroism.

At issue is the discovery last week of a document inadvertently published on the Web by a contractor that listed hundreds of valor award recipients beginning in 2001.

The list includes the names and Social Security numbers of Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross recipients from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The list also includes the names of hundreds of Silver Star recipients from the same conflicts, but does not note their Social Security information.

October 5th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

An Iran October surprise?

As unrest unfolds on the streets of Tehran over Iran's collapsing currency, and international sanctions take their toll on the economy, new signs are emerging that Iran may be willing to suspend its disputed nuclear program. But that all depends on if the country gets something in return. Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty reports.

Filed under: Iran • Nuclear • Security Clearance on TV
October 5th, 2012
04:14 PM ET

State Dept. denied plane request for security team in Libya

By Jamie Crawford and Jill Dougherty

The State Department earlier this year denied a request by the security team at the U.S. Embassy in Libya for continued use of a plane for security personnel and diplomatic business, according to an internal State Department email provided to CNN.

U.S. Special Operations helping gather intel on Libyan militia

While the presence of the plane in Libya would not have stopped the deadly September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, questions are emerging over whether the agency properly heeded security concerns and requests like this one from their diplomats in Libya.

Also: Tunisians questioned regarding possible role in Benghazi attack

The email, provided to CNN by a U.S. government source, was signed by Miki Rankin of the Near East Bureau (NEA), which oversees State Department operations in the Middle East and North Africa. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed along with three other Americans in what U.S. intelligence believes was a terrorist assault on the Benghazi post, is copied on the May 3 email.

October 5th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Tunisians questioned regarding possible role in Benghazi attack

By Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt:

Two Tunisians are being questioned in Turkey at the request of U.S. authorities as possible suspects in the terrorist attack that killed four Americans at the U.S consulate in Benghazi, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation.  The Tunisians were on a watch list provided by the U.S. to Turkish authorities and entered the country this week, the source says.

The FBI has not had access to the Tunisians yet, according to the source, but “that’s the hope.”  The source was unable to confirm whether the suspects entered Turkey using fake passports, as has been reported by Turkish media.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism • Turkey
Radical Islamist Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to U.S.
Lawyers for radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri say his mental health is failing.
October 5th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

Radical Islamist Abu Hamza al-Masri to be extradited to U.S.

From Jonathan Wald and Andrew Carey

The High Court in London ruled Friday that extremist Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other men will be extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges, bringing to an end a years-long legal battle.

Judge John Thomas said there could be no appeal of the court's decision.

The extradition of al-Masri and four other terror suspects to the United States "may proceed immediately," he said.

The other four men are Khaled al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul Bary, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan.


Filed under: Terrorism
Mistaken for a terrorist: Homeland star only plays one on TV
October 5th, 2012
12:28 AM ET

Mistaken for a terrorist: Homeland star only plays one on TV

By Suzanne Kelly

It's hard to say that looking like a terrorist would be a good thing, but it hasn't gone so badly for Navid Negahban.

The Iranian-born actor, who has played a range of bad guys during his career, currently plays terrorist Abu Nazir on the Showtime hit series "Homeland," and the success of the series has made him one of the world's best-known non-terrorists.

That may be a good thing for his acting career. Turns out it's not so good at airports.

"What happens is that I'm playing all of these different characters and my facial hair changes and I have different looks," said Negahban on a recent cell phone call from Los Angeles. "When I'm at the airport, the agents look at my passport and they look at me and there is something in their eyes, and you can see them thinking, 'I know this guy. Where have I seen him before?'"