National Security Brief: September 28, 2011

— Thousands of surface to air missiles with the potential to take out aircraft are missing from Libyan stockpiles amassed by the former dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

— Adm. Mike Mullen’s comment that the Haqqani network, an anti-American insurgent group in Afghanistan, is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s intelligence services is being downplayed by American officials involved in U.S. policy in the region.

— Syria faces a new round of economic pressure as a group of European powers introduced a new draft U.N. resolution threatening future sanctions and Turkey, a one-time friend to Syria’s government, is anticipated to announce new sanctions in the next few days.

— Reports say the Syrian regime is looking to sell oil outside its normal customer base in Europe because those markets have been cut off by biting sanctions.

— About 1,400 U.S. troops were found to have brain trauma as a result of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq this year.

— A Egyptian military source told Reuters that the country’s parliamentary election will start on November 28, “launching the process of handing back power to civilian rule nine months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising.”

— The French envoy to the U.N. warned Iran on Tuesday that “If we don’t succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians [to end development on its nuclear program], there is a strong risk of military action.”

— FT reports that Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh appears to have tricked his Saudi hosts when he unexpectedly returned home last week. A senior U.S. official said Saleh “bolted the kingdom under the pretence of going to the airport for something else”.