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SOF Daily Update - 29 September, 2011

The American ambassador to Syria was attacked by supporters of the Assad regime.

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Holder revives 10-year-old Wales investigation...to deflect F&F attention?

Holder revives Wales investigation; Is this to deflect F&F attention?

Attorney General Eric Holder, under political fire for the alleged Justice Department cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious, is trying to breathe new life into the 10-year-old investigation of the murder of Thomas Wales, a federal prosecutor killed Oct. 11, 2001 in the basement of his Seattle home.


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Pakistan Officials Reject Outside Pressure to Go After Haqqani Network

Top Pakistani officials have denied U.S. allegations of connections between Pakistan's intelligence service and an al-Qaida-linked Afghan militant group, and rejected outside pressure to do more in the war on terrorism.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told a meeting of leading politicians and top military commanders held in Islamabad Thursday that Pakistan “cannot be pressured to do more.” He said the U.S. accusations had been “surprising” given Pakistan's “sacrifices and successes” in fighting terrorism.

Mr. Gilani organized the meeting to discuss the U.S. allegations.

Pro-Assad Protesters Pelt US Ambassador with Eggs, Tomatoes

A Syrian opposition figure says supporters of President Bashar al-Assad have thrown tomatoes and eggs at the U.S. ambassador to Syria and tried to storm an office where the two men were meeting.

Hassan Abdul-Azim said a crowd of about 100 pro-Assad protesters was outside his Damascus office as he met with Ambassador Robert Ford.

Also Thursday, Syria's foreign ministry accused the United States of inciting violence against its security forces.

Gadhafi Collapse Raises Concerns Over Arms for Africa al-Qaida

The collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's rule is raising concern about the spread of weapons from Libya and the effect on security in a Sahelian region where al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists are already active.

Human Rights Watch says thousands of mines, mortars and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles are missing from Gadhafi arsenals.

Some of those weapons are being used in Libya as the war there continues. But other arms are moving south into the Sahel - some with former Gadhafi forces who have crossed into Mali and Niger, some for sale.

Chavez Denies “Rumors” of Worsening Condition

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is denying reports his health is in decline, countering an article in the U.S.-based EL Nuevo Herald saying he had been hospitalized.

Mr. Chavez spoke by telephone to Venezuelan state television Thursday, urging people not to pay attention to what he said were rumors. He said he is working at “half-speed” while recovering from chemotherapy treatments.

Chavez had a cancerous growth removed from his pelvic area in June and has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba since then.

Aung San Suu Kyi to Meet Burmese Labor Minister

A spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi says the Burmese democracy leader will meet Friday with Labor Minister Aung Kyi.

It will be the third meeting between the two since Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest late last year. She has also met with President Thein Sein as the new government cautiously begins to engage its critics.

Nyan Win, a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, was unable to say what will be discussed in the meeting at a government guest house in Rangoon.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two Taliban leaders during a security operation in Ghorak district, Kandahar province, yesterday.

One captured leader provided guidance in attack planning and coordinated roadside bomb attacks with area leaders, as well as reported to senior Taliban leadership following organized attacks against Afghan forces. The second insurgent leader operated as a Taliban appointed judge in Ghorak district.

The combined force seized multiple weapons and destroyed 400 pounds (181 kgs) of heroin during the operation.