National Security Brief: March 12, 2012

— Afghan members of parliament issued a resolution saying they “have run out of patience” with foreign troops following the alleged murder of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier.

— The Taliban vowed revenge today against “sick-minded American savages” for the alleged killings of 16 Afghan civilians by a Fort Lewis based soldier.

— Egypt’s parliament this weekend moved toward a vote to order an end to more than $1 billion in U.S. aid, a reflection of tensions with Washington over the case of Americans charged with illegal activity by their pro-democracy groups.

— The Wall Street Journal reports that the head of an official inquiry into Bahrain’s unrest last year called for the investigation of any senior officials involved in the deaths or torture of protesters, as thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets in one of the nation’s largest marches in months.


— Jewish settlers signed an agreement with the Israeli government to leave Migron, the biggest illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank, and move to a nearby site after months of negotiations to avoid their forced removal.

— Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained.

— International efforts to find an end to Syria’s growing violence stalled on Sunday when U.N. envoy Kofi Annan left Damascus having failed to reach a cease-fire agreement and government forces shelled areas in an around the northern city of Idlib.

— With growing calls for a U.S. assisted intervention in Syria, senior Pentagon officials are warning that a military intervention would be a protracted operation, requiring weeks of American airstrikes and the potential for large numbers of civilian deaths.