National Security Brief: Egypt Delays Announcement Of Election Winner

— Egypt’s Presidential Election Commission delayed the announcement of a winner of the country’s presidential election so it could investigate fraud claims by both contenders.

— The U.S. and U.K. are reportedly willing to offer Syrian president Bashar al-Assad safe passage — and even clemency — as part of a diplomatic push to convene a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria.

— The Obama administration has rejected requests from The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union seeking information about its “targeted killing” program against suspected terrorists, saying the release of the requested documents would harm national security.

— The Institute for Science and International Security says Iran might have conducted further clean-up activity at its Parchin military site, where Iran is suspected of testing nuclear materials and has thus far refused to allow IAEA inspectors to visit.


— The Los Angeles Times reports: “Spurred by recent battlefield gains, the Pentagon is making plans to send U.S. military aircraft to Yemen for the first time to help move government troops and supplies more quickly into battle against Islamic militants.”