National Security Brief: New Fighting In Damascus

— The New York Times reports: “New fighting was reported in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday, a day after the government denied that it had used heavy weapons to attack a small farming community, where United Nations monitors documented substantial destruction in an assault that left scores dead and drew sharp international condemnation.”

— State officials in Indiana have said that defense contractors in the state might be able to weather military spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act sequester.

— The Egyptian military is stepping up its campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, with the country’s top military official saying Sunday that the army would prevent Egypt from falling to a “certain group.”

— The Washington Post reports: “The Obama administration has failed to meet a legal deadline for scanning all shipping containers for radioactive material before they reach the United States, a requirement aimed at strengthening maritime security and preventing terrorists from smuggling a nuclear device into any of the nation’s 300 sea and river ports.”


— Saudi Arabia is studying new regulations to criminalize insulting Islam, including in social media, and the law could carry heavy penalties, a Saudi paper said on Sunday.