National Security Brief: Remembering 9/11

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 and the troops who have fought or are fighting in Afghanistan. “I pray that as we remember 9/11, and the terrible things that took place on 9/11, that we will also take the time to remind ourselves of the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died in order to make sure that it not happen again,” Panetta said.

— President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama today plan to attend a ceremony at the Pentagon and visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

— The Washington Post reports: “The deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen was killed in an airstrike Monday, according to the Yemeni government, five years after he was released from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in a failed attempt at rehabilitation.”

— The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense are launching an outreach program that includes new public service announcements aimed at battling a troubling rise in suicides in the military.


— Syrian rebels are relying on captured anti-aircraft guns to counter government air power. Meanwhile, U.N. officials have warned the opposition fighters that they would not be immune from prosecution for atrocities, as new videos appeared to show a mass execution by rebel fighters of bound and blindfolded Syrian government soldiers.

— While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will not set any “deadlines” on Iran’s nuclear program, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland used the “red lines” language. “We are absolutely firm about the president’s commitment here, but it is not useful to be parsing it, to be setting deadlines one way or the other, red lines,” she said.