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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.”

Larry Grathwohl – RIP American Hero (Video)

America is a smaller place today. Larry Grathwohl, one of America’s truly unsung heroes, has died. He will be missed.

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.