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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY HAGEL ON OPERATIONS IN LIBYA AND SOMALIA

Over the weekend, U.S. military personnel conducted targeted operations in Libya and Somalia to bring international terrorists to justice. I want to commend all of the service members who were involved in the planning and execution of these two operations, which demonstrate the unparalleled precision, global reach, and capabilities of the United States military.

GOLDEN DAWN TARGETED BY GREEK GOVERNMENT

Neo-Nazi Party Accused of Numerous Crimes
By Harold Hutchison

The Greek government has been cracking down on Golden Dawn, a new-Nazi political party that garnered 7 percent of the vote in the last Greek election. At least five members of the party serving in the Greek parliament have been arrested.

According to media reports, the crackdown began after the stabbing death of Pavlos Fissas, a left-wing musician. Members of the Golden Dawn party were accused. Many of those arrested are being charged with being members of a criminal organization.

DID JOHN MCCAIN LOSE HIS WAR?

UN To Pass Resolution Senator Derides as Weak
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain has described himself as “deeply disappointed” about the terms of the resolution the United Nations Security Council will be voting on. The resolution lacks any option of military force if Syria does not comply, while McCain has been pushing for military action in that conflict, which would be America's third war in the MidEast.

INTERPOL issues Red Notice for arrest of Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya’s request

An INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, has been issued for UK national Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of authorities in Kenya.
Lewthwaite, aged 29, who is also believed to use the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries, the Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

WEEKEND OF TERROR

Horrific attacks in Pakistan and Kenya
By Harold Hutchison

A pair of terrorist attacks over the weekend left dozens dead. The attacks in Kenya and Pakistan came over this past weekend.

In Kenya, 10-15 gunmen attacked the Westlake Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The gunmen, three of whom were claimed to be Americans by al-Shabab, proceeded to allow Muslims to leave while carrying out their attack that left at least 68 people dead. They also took hostages, and triggered a standoff.

DEMS WALK OUT ON FAMILIES OF BENGHAZI VICTIMS

Hearing Held Thursday on ARB Report
By Harold Hutchsion

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee walked out of a hearing as families of victims of the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were about to testify. The walkout came as the report by the Accountability Review Board came under sharp criticism.

DID THE ARB WHITEWASH BENGHAZI?

Congressional Report Claims Officials Were Scapegoated
By Harold Hutchison

The Accountability Review Board assigned to look into the 11 September, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya scapegoated mid-level managers while ignoring the culpability of senior officials, according to the House Oversight Committee. Representative Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House committee, which is looking into the Obama Administration’s handling of the attack, released a 98-page report today.

ZAWAHIRI CALLS FOR ATTACKS ON AMERICA

Seeks Big Attacks or Small
By Harold Hutchison

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is calling for attacks on the United States. The call came from a message on an audiotape released to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.