National Security Brief: U.S. Offers Help In Tracking Down Libyan Militias

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered Libya American help in tracking down unauthorized militias.

— Insurgent attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan dropped by 5 percent in the first 8 months of this year, Agence France Presse reports.

— The U.N.’s new peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said this week that prospects for peace in the civil war ravaged country are low. “There is a stalemate; there is no prospect today or tomorrow to move forward,” Brahimi said to reporters. But “now that I have found out a little bit more about what is happening in the country and the region, I think we will find an opening in the not too distant future.”

— An Egyptian Copt was arrested on suspicion of posting an anti-Islam video online “that ignited Muslim protests around the world will stand trial next Wednesday on charges of insulting religions.”

— Reuters reports that “the White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, water and other critical infrastructure facilities.”