Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Ritika Singh
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:53 PM

The New York Times reports on NYPD police commissoner Raymond Kelly's decision to personally cooperate with the prooducers of "The Third Jihad," an anti-Muslim film that drew "angry condemnation from Muslim and civil rights groups."

The Associated Press informs us that Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, "convicted of a single count of negligent dereliction of duty" for his part in the raid conducted by his squad in 2005 "that left 24 unarmed civilians dead" in Haditha, Iraq, has agreed to a plea deal. This AP article lists the charges that were filed against all the Marines involved.

In other Afghanistan news, Reuters says that U.S. and Afghan officials have "shown flexibility" in peace talks with Hizb-i-Islami, one of the country's "most notorious" insurgent groups.

The Seattle Times reports that the UK trial of nine men "accused of plotting attacks on the U.S. Embassy and the London Stock Exchange" in December 2010 has begun.

The Times has the latest on the story on John Kiriakou, a CIA agent "accused of giving classified information to the news media." The Post has more.

In Iran news, the Miami Herald states that the US and Europe have imposed new sanctions on the country--but "reiterated their readiness to resume talks with Tehran." The Council on Foreign Relations has this piece by the Times' Bill Keller, outlining "why a hawkish position concerning Iran is the most abused foreign policy issue in this presidential campaign year, and why a military option may be the best way to guarantee exactly what we are trying to prevent."

The AP reports that Hysen Sherifi, a North Carolinian recently sentenced to prison for homegrown terrorism, plotted to behead the witnesses who testified against him from his jail cell.

And if you've always wanted to understand defense procurement, Time magazine's Battleland blog has this Moment of Zen from a GAO report that will answer your all your questions.

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