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National Security Brief: October 5, 2011

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– Iraqi leaders want U.S. military trainers to stay after the year-end deadline for an American withdrawal but say U.S. forces should not be given legal immunity as the U.S. has demanded.

— U.S. officials secretly met with leaders of the Haqqani network earlier this summer as part of an effort to include them in talks on winding down the war in Afghanistan.

– Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria because it contained the possibility of sanctions against Damascus.

– Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) became the first senator to publicly call for an internationally imposed no-fly zone over parts of Syria. “I’d like to see us begin to consider some safe zones inside Syria, particularly along the Turkish and Jordanian borders,” Lieberman said, adding that he’d be “in favor” of a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.

– Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) is calling on the White House to make public the secret Justice Department memo that authorized Anwar al-Awlaqi’s killing. “I would urge them to release the memo. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t,” he said.

– A new broad study by the Pew Research Center has found that one in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, while a majority think the U.S. should focus on its own problems rather than foreign affairs.

– The same study also found that post-9/11 veterans say the public does not understand the problems faced by those in the military and by their families. Eighty-four percent of veterans believe the rest of the country has little or no understanding of the problems faced by the military. Seventy-one percent of the public shares that assessment.

– The nonprofit vets group Veterans for Common Sense found that nearly 20 percent of the more than 2 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health conditions. Nearly a third of those may suffer from PTSD.

– Chairman of the House intelligence committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) charged that Beijing’s cyber-espionage campaign to steal commercial data and intellectual property has “reached an intolerable level.”

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