The #2 most read story on the Washington Post’s website is this gem on an April crash in Mali that killed three U.S. Special Ops soldiers and three Moroccan women. Craig Whitlock attempts to untangle the details of the crash, why there were Special Ops forces in Mali in the first place, and why they had three Moroccan women in their Land Cruiser with them.
Matthew Rosenberg and Habib Zahori write in the New York Times on Taliban strikes that killed five Afghan police officers across the country yesterday.
Tim Arango updates us in the New York Times on Moktada al-Sadr’s latest antics in Iraq, including his recent decision to join the calls by Sunnis and Kurds for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al Maliki’s departure from office. Arango categorized al-Sadr’s latest activities as attempts to rebrand himself as a nationalist, rather than a Shiite militia leader.
According to Tunisia’s Secretary of State for American and Asian Affairs, the five remaining Tunisian detainees at Guantanamo will be headed back to their homeland by the end of this year. Tunisia Live‘s Sana Ajmi has the story on the Tunisian delegates’ visit last week to Guantanamo.
According to a report from cell phone carriers, law enforcement made 1.3 million demands for subscriber information in 2011. Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post reports on the details of this report requested by Democratic Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
Cybersecurity legislation isn’t dead yet, I say! Jennifer Martinez at The Hill reports on a meeting planned between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Senator Jon Kyl, who is leading the effort with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to find a compromise.
Our friends Down Under at the Australian report that non-Afghan detainees at Bagram will remain under U.S. oversight even after the detention facility is transferred into Afghan control. Ben posted on this back in January, but the reports were unconfirmed until Bobby shared the MoU between the U.S. and Afghanistan in April.
The Times’ Declan Walsh has this report on the protests across Pakistan over the reopening of supply routes between that country and Afghanistan for NATO troops.
Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic looks closely at the 2009 Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, the Pentagon’s plan for the use of drones from 2009 through 2034, and wonders whether we may get to a point when drones are completely autonomous. For the record, Missy Cummings of MIT says not in her lifetime.
Al Kamen writes in the Post on some mulling going on at the Pentagon over whether to award a Distinguished Warfare Medal to drone pilots.
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