National Security Brief: Militants Raid Pakistan Air Base

– A group of men suspected to be Islamic militants stormed a Pakistani airbase believed to hold some of the country’s nuclear weapons, the fourth attack on the base since 2007. Eight attackers and one security official died in the ensuing gunfight.

– The Syrian civil war is spilling into Lebanon, where back-and-forth kidnappings by various factions with various Syrian allegiances led Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait to call for their citizens to evacuate Lebanon.

– Bahrain human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been in and out of legal trouble in the tiny Gulf sheikhdom, was sentenced to three years in prison for participating in what the government there deemed “illegal gatherings” — a reference to the anti-government protests that have swept Bahrain for more than a year.

– The Taliban claimed credit for shooting down a coalition helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 11 including seven international service members, three of which were American troops.

– A study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies warned of a “drift” in the alliance between the U.S. and Japan, calling for the re-thinking of post-World War II arrangements in order to strengthen military ties between the countries, especially in light of the rise of China as a military power.