"National Security Brief: July 19, 2011"
– A study from the Counter Terrorism Center finds that the role of the Afghan militant group the Haqqani Network in “the spread of global jihad” may be underestimated.
– A Pakistani lawyer filed charges yesterday against the CIA’s former legal counsel John Rizzo for authorizing drone missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal area that activists say killed mostly innocent civilians.
– NATO officials report Afghan forces have taken over security responsibilities in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province.
– U.S. government officials met with counterparts from the Libyan government of Col. Muammar Qaddafi to demand that the dictator step down.
– At a meeting in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers said they would push a new round of sanctions against Syria and urged progress on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
– In a new blow to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel’s Housing and Construction Ministry approved the construction of 336 apartments in West Bank settlements.
– The Israeli navy intercepted a French boat carrying 16 pro-Palestinian passengers as the boat attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.