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MORSI DETAINED OVER HAMAS CONTACTS

Ties with Terrorist Group in 2011 Prison Escape Scrutinized
By Harold Hutchison

Mohammed Morsi is being held while an investigation into his contacts with Hamas prior to a 2011 prison escape is being conducted. The former Egyptian President was removed from power on 3 July by the military.

According to media reports, Morsi’s detention was announced on the eve of protests scheduled for today. Since the ouster, over a hundred people have been killed in violent clashes. The Obama Administration recently held up delivery of four F-16 fighters to Egypt.

TUNISIA FALLING INTO CHAOS?

Death of Opposition Leader Sparks Protests
By Harold Hutchison

The second assassination in 2013 to rock the North African country of Tunisia has sparked massive protests in Tunis, the capital. The victim, Mohammed Brahmi, was a vocal critic of the country’s Islamist government.

Brahmi was also a member of the Constituent Assembly, which is tasked with drawing up a new constitution for Tunisia. In February, another secular politician Chokri Belaid, was also assassinated, sparking violence.

MORE CALLS FOR SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE BENGHAZI

Special Operations Speaks Supports Wolf Resolution
By Harold Hutchison

Special Operations Speaks delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 veterans who have served in special operations forces to the Capitol in support of a resolution by Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) calling for a select committee to investigate the 11 September, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

EGYPTIAN FIGHTER SALE DELAYED

Obama Administration Halts F-16 Delivery
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is delaying the delivery of F-16C Fighting Falcons to Egypt as violence in that country continues in the wake of Mohammed Morsi’s removal from power. However, a major exercise may proceed as scheduled.

The four fighters were part of a previous sale to Egypt, which receives about $1.3 billion in aid from the United States annually. There is still a debate as to whether the removal of Morsi three weeks ago was technically a coup.

PRISON RAID FREES 500

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Responsibility
By Harold Hutchison

An al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq claimed responsibility for carrying out a raid on two prisons that resulted in over 500 terrorists being freed. The raids, which targeted the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and the Taji prison, left at least 25 people dead.

The Islamic State of Iraq in and the Levant made the claim in a statement. The raid, which involved a dozen car bombs, a barrage of rockets, and weapons smuggled into the prison, is raising fears that Iraq could descend into civil war, much like Syria has.

RETIRED GENERAL: I KNEW IT WAS TERROR

Carter Ham Retired After Early Departure from AFRICOM
By Harold Hutchison

Retired Army General Carter Ham, who was in command of United States Africa Command during the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, has said it was clear early on that it was not a demonstration gone wrong.

General Ham, who made the comments during the Aspen Security Forum last week, also admitted that while he had the authority to scramble jets, he did not do so, claiming “there was not a clear purpose in doing so.”

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BENGHAZI SURVIVORS FORCED TO KEEP QUIET

Obama Administration Uses Non-Disclosure Agreements
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration has asked – or ordered – a number of survivors of last year’s attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to sign non-disclosure agreements. These NDAs prohibit people from revealing details of the attack that could aid Congressional investigators who are looking into both the attack and the Obama Administration’s response.

CUBA FESSES UP

Admits Military Gear En Route to North Korea
By Harold Hutchison

Cuba has admitted that it was sending military gear to North Korea on a ship that was intercepted by Panamanian authorities. The ship’s captain attempted suicide, and its crew resisted the Panamanians.

According to the Cubans, the equipment was obsolete and being sent to North Korea for repairs. Among the gear recovered were disassembled rockets. North Korea is facing sanctions targeting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

UAV STRIKE TAKES OUT A BIGWIG

#2 Man in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Killed
By Harold Hutchison

An American UAV strike has killed the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula somewhere in Yemen. Saeed al-Shihri had been believed to have been killed twice before, but in both cases the terrorist group had denied his death.

Born in Saudi Arabia, al-Shihri had been held at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan. After his release in 2007, he made his way to Yemen to join the terorr group, which also had Anwar al-Awkali in a leadership role. Al-Awlaki was killed in a 2011 UAV strike.

MISSILE FOUND ON NORTH KOREAN SHIP

Vessel Stopped in Panama Canal
By Harold Hutchison

A North Korean vessel was stopped in the Panama Canal – and during a search, Panamanian authorities discovered missile parts from Cuba on board.

“We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection," Ricardo Martinelli told Foxnews.com. Instead, the Panamanian authorities found missile components from Cuba. The shipment appeared to violate UN resolutions on arms trafficking.

CRISIS CONTINUES IN EGYPT

Both Sides Plan Demonstrations
By Harold Hutchison

Both supporters of the new Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to hold massive demonstrations. Since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi on 3 July, there have been violent clashes that have left over 50 people dead.

The Egyptian military has ordered the arrest of high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an action that has been criticized by the Obama Administration. However, the Obama Administration is continuing deliveries of military aid, including four F-16 Fighting Falcons.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TARGETED

Military Issues Arrest Orders
By Harold Hutchison

The Egyptian military has issued arrest orders for high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the group’s leader, Mohamed Badie. Badie is accused of inciting the violent confrontations between the group and the Egyptian military that left 50 dead.

HASAN GOES ON TRIAL

Court-Martial Begins Today
By Harold Hutchison

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has begun with the commencement of the military’s equivalent to jury selection. Hasan is defending himself in the court-martial.

Prior to the trial, a military judge ruled that Hasan would be barred from raising arguments claiming that he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Prior to the shooting, Hasan had exchanged as many as 20 e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September, 2011 UAV strike.

SNOWDEN TO VENEZUELA?

NSA Leaker Takes Refuge in Caracas
By Harold Hutchison

Self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly accepted an offer of asylum from Venezuela. The offer reportedly came from Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s dictator.

Snowden came forward on 9 June, having fled to Hong Kong. He later left Hong Kong and fled to Moscow, where he remained in the “transit zone” of Sheremetavyo Airport. Snowden refused an asylum offer from Russia that was contingent on him no longer leaking secrets he stole from the NSA.