National Security Brief: April 2, 2012

— Several Arab nations pledged $100 million to pay Syrian rebel fighters and the Obama administration said it would send communications equipment to help the opposition organize and evade Syria’s military.

— House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said on CNN yesterday that it’s “probably a bad idea” to arm the Syrian rebels.

— The reintegration of Taliban fighters into Afghan security ranks is inflaming some Afghans’ sense of justice. The Wall Street Journal reports that “the risk is that the program will turn these ordinary Afghans against the government—or worse, make them Taliban sympathizers.”

— McClatchy reports: Staff Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused in the shooting deaths of 17 Afghan civilians, showed risk factors for alcohol abuse, including acting out violently while drunk, but it’s unclear whether the Army knew about this behavior or whether he ever was referred to treatment.

— Satellite images of a North Korean rocket launch site show what appears to be evidence of ramped-up preparation for what Washington calls a cover for a long-range missile test.

— Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi claimed a by-election landslide for her party today and said she hoped it would mark the beginning of a new era for Myanmar after a historic vote that could prompt the West to ease sanctions.