Some important stories have surfaced in the past few days.
On Tuesday, the U.S. and Pakistan reached an agreement to reopen the supply lines along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, which have been closed since last December. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued an apology for the NATO airstrike last December that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers; Pakistan refused to compromise on this point. Read Karen DeYoung and Richard Leiby’s piece in the Washington Post, Salman Masood’s article in the New York Times, Carlo Munoz’s report at The Hill, and Jeremy Herb’s piece in The Hill discussing Members’ of Congress reactions. Craig Whitlock and Karen DeYoung report on the importance of another route out of Afghanistan: through the former Soviet Union.
Airstrikes on Tuesday in Yemen killed four suspected members of Al Qaeda in Yemen, reports Carlo Munoz at The Hill.
Members of Afghanistan’s National Assembly are pessimistic about the ability of its government to function once NATO withdraws at the end of 2014. Jeremy Herb at The Hill notes this Sacramento Bee story out of California.
Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald breaks the news that the Navy is planning a fiber-optic cable connecting Guantanamo Bay to South Florida.
Jennifer Martinez at The Hill provides details of a report released last week from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. The report indicated that in 2011, there were 198 “cyber incidents” reported by companies that operate critical infrastructure systems.
Alex Perry at Time investigates the African and the U.S. response to a number of terrorist organizations in eastern Africa, including Al Shabab in Somalia, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes at Foreign Policy on the increasing frequency and violence of attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist movement in Nigeria.
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