National Security Brief: NATO Warns Syria

— NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance considers Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane “unacceptable” and that NATO countries had “expressed their strong support and solidarity with Turkey.”

— Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria: “Every military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria in a manner that constitutes a security risk or danger would be considered as a threat and would be treated as a military target.”

— The Syrian opposition is developing into a more effective fighting force with the help of an increasingly sophisticated network of activists in southern Turkey , while at the same time, military defectors “reaching Syria’s neighbors are more likely than ever to have stars on their epaulets.”

— The AP reports: “The U.S. is carefully expanding efforts to provide intelligence, training and at times small numbers of forces to African nations, to help counter terrorist activities in the region.”


— South Korea said today that it will stop importing Iranian crude oil indefinitely as of July 1 after the European Union confirmed it will impose sanctions that will cut off insurance services for shipments carrying crude from Iran.

— CNN reports that DOD officials are under a Justice Department order to preserve all e-mails and documents that may be related to the ongoing investigation into leaks to the news media of national security information.