National Security Brief: U.S. Ambassador Killed In Libya

— Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other American members of his staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry at a YouTube video that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

— Reacting to the same video, protesters in Cairo attacked the U.S. embassy in Egypt where men scaled the security wall and tore down the American flag.

— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu criticized the Obama administration for not establishing so-called “red-lines” on Iran’s nuclear program. “Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel,” he said.

— The United Nations reported that the Taliban raised nearly $400 million last year “from sources that included donations, taxing local economies and extorting money from such targets as drug dealers, cell phone operators and aid projects.”

— The Pentagon is likely to recommend against prosecuting the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book documenting his participation in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

— Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foejustified his opposition to the U.S. missile defense shield in Europe. “I’m grateful to him for formulating his stance so clearly, because he has once again proven the correctness of our approach to missile defense problems,” Putin said of Romney.

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