National Security Brief: October 13, 2011

— Officials said that the Obama administration does not plan to shift its policy toward Iran, despite harsh calls for Iran to be held to account for allegedly leading an assassination plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.

— U.S. officials became convinced that Iranian regime figures were behind the assassination plot because of the money trail and they now consider it likely that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was aware of the plan.

— Senior administration officials are struggling to explain why the Iranian elite Quds force would orchestrate such a “risky attack in so amateurish a manner.”

— Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey predicts that U.S. forces will still be fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq when his tenure as the military’s top officer expires in two years.

— The U.S. embassy in Baghdad says that Iraq took control of its airspace earlier this month, the first time since the 2003 U.S. invasion.

— Amnesty International is calling on Canadian authorities to arrest former President George W. Bush for “crimes under international law including torture” when he attends an economic summit in British Columbia next week.

— Nineteen people were arrested in Poland as the result of an investigation launched after the recent Norway right-wing terror attacks. Norwegian authorities had asked the Poles to look into killer Anders Breivik’s possible bomb-making contacts.

— Libyan rebels reported the capture of Muammar Qaddafi’s son Mo’tassim as they advanced on Surt, one of the last strongholds loyal to the now-deposed dictator.