National Security Brief: December 6, 2011

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"National Security Brief: December 6, 2011"


— Election monitors from Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said yesterday that they had observed, according to the New York Times, “blatant fraud, including the brazen stuffing of ballot boxes” in the country’s recently parliamentary elections that saw Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party winning a slim majority.

— Russian opposition leaders were jailed by authorities, allegedly for organizing thousands-strong street protests against election results there.

— With supply lines crossing the Afghan-Pakistan border closed off after the recent incident between U.S. and Pakistani forces, the U.S. will now spend $400 per gallon to airdrop gasoline to remote bases in Afghanistan.

— Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the U.S. Navy’s plan to spend $12 million on 450,000 gallons of alternative fuel for aircraft, ships and unmanned vehicles, the biggest government purchase of advanced biofuels.

— Nearly 60 people are confirmed dead in a spate of sectarian bombings across Afghanistan that targeted Shiites, the most severe of which was identified as a suicide bomber in the capital, Kabul.

— While Syria agreed to an Arab League proposal to bring military and civilian observers into the country, it attached a number of conditions, including lifting economic sanctions. “The conditions contained new elements that we have not heard before,” Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Araby said.

— Technology on a crashed unmanned aerial system drone, suspected to be the already outdated Lockheed RQ-170, may be of limited intelligence value to Iran.

— Mohamed Badie, leader of Egypt’s Muslims Brotherhood, sought to downplay fears of an “Islamization” of the new Egyptian government, telling Al-Mehwar TV, “We must live in harmony not only with the military council, but with all of Egypt’s factions, or else the conclusion is zero.”

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