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National Security Brief: November 29, 2011

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– FBI director Robert Mueller expressed concern about a sweeping defense bill that mandates military custody of suspects deemed to be members of Al-Qaeda or its affiliates, writing in a letter to lawmakers, “Because the proposed legislation applies to certain persons detained in the United States, the legislation may adversely impact our ability to continue ongoing international terrorism investigations before or after arrest.”

– Pakistani army Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem said today the military believes the NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani troops was a “deliberate act of aggression” and that the Pakistani army is debating whether to cooperate with the U.S. investigation into Saturday’s incident on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

– Russia said it may not let NATO use its territory to supply troops in Afghanistan if the alliance doesn’t seriously consider its objections to a U.S.-led missile shield for Europe.

– Turkey’s foreign minister Tuesday raised the option of military intervention in neighboring Syria, saying Ankara was ready for “any scenario.”

– Following the UK’s decision to impose sanctions on Iranian banks, students have broken into the UK embassy compound in Tehran, smashed windows and replaced the British flag with Iran’s flag.

– Bahrain replaced its security chief after a report from an independent commission found that the country’s security forces tortured pro-democracy activists and used “excessive” force against them.

– Oslo mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was insane when he went on his deadly rampage killing 77 people, and should be sent to a psychiatric ward, said prosecutors on Tuesday.

– The head of Egypt’s election commission said turnout was “massive and unexpected” on the second day of the first round of parliamentary elections, the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

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