Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Thursday, June 30, 2011, 9:49 AM

A slow news day in the department of Hard National Security Choices.

The Washington Post is reporting that White House counterterrorism chief John O. Brennan, speaking at SAIS, unveiled President Obama's national strategy for counterterrorism. He called it "neither...a wholesale overhaul, nor a wholesale retention, of previous policies." The LA Times is also covering this story.

Today's New York Times editorial focuses on recent cybersecurity breaches.

Tim Arango of the Times reports that monthly combat deaths in Iraq are at a 3-year high.

The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung report that a U.S. military official has confirmed that a U.S. drone fired upon two Somali militants who are affiliated with al Qaeda.

Pakistan has halted U.S. drone flights from one of its airbases in Balochistan, a western province, reports The Guardian. It has also ordered U.S. personnel to vacate the base.

The Miami Herald reports that Senator Ben Nelson is criticizing the detention of the Iraq war veteran who is being held for passport fraud.

For more news and analysis links, see Today’s Terrorism News over at the CenterLine.