September 14, 2012
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This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
Four people, including the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were killed in an attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday night. Reuters published a detailed and painful account of that night and the Guardian’s piece on visiting the consular building after the attack shows the extent of the loss and damage.
An announcement this morning says that four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
The video at this link is Ambassador Chris Stevens’ introduction video, in which his idealism and vigor comes across.
It was the first time since 1979 that a US ambassador has been killed on duty. That ambassador was the US Ambassador to Afghanistan Adolph “Spike” Dubs, who was taken hostage and then assassinated.
The attack on the consulate in Benghazi is connected to protests across the Middle East and North Africa and countries in South and Central Asia against an anti-Islam film produced in Los Angeles. The story of the film is becoming more odd and ambiguous, with its filmmaker evading proper identification for a while and cast and crew disowning the movie’s theme. Here’s what we do seem to know about the man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
The embassy in Cairo was also attacked (with no fatalities), as well as the embassy in Sana’a. Read Jon Lee Anderson’s piece on the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo.Check out this tense and interesting exchange between the Twitter accounts of the embassy in Cairo and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mitt Romney’s foreign policy skills are being called into question after his blundered response to the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo.
Five members of Morocco’s February 20th Movement have been handed eight to ten month prison sentences for unauthorized demonstration. They’ll be joining an estimated seventy or more members of the movement currently imprisoned.
116 were killed in clashes in Kenya.
Al Jazeera has a great interactive tracking defections in Syria. 
Said Al-Shihri, a Saudi national, former Gitmo detainee and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s number two, was killed in a drone strike.
Iraqi VP Tareq Al-Hashemi, who fled the country earlier this year, has been sentenced to death in absentia.
Iran has been censured by the IAEA over refusing to curb uranium enrichment.
The control of Bagram Detention Center was transferred to the Afghans. 
British military commanders are revising their positions, which could mean a speedier withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Some of the more tech fluent Taliban have been posing as women online in order to get secrets out of some Australian troops.
Matthieu Aikins on Pakistan’s push to charm and befriend countries.
Indian political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has just been released on bail after being jailed on sedition charges for cartoons mocking corruption in India.
The tension between Japan and China over one island is growing in intensity.
Russian PM Medvedev has called for the release of jailed punk rock protesters and members of Pussy Riot.
The Mexican navy has reported capturing one of the country’s most wanted: El Coss, leader of the Gulf cartel.
32-year-old Yemeni Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died in detention in Guantanamo Bay. 
We know the US has drones, but who else does? (The original source of information is this recently released GAO report.) 
The US House has passed a revamped version of the Stolen Valor Act, criminalizing profiting off of lies about military service. The Supreme Court struck down the original act in June.
One year later, a study shows no measurable negative impact on unit readiness (from morale to “cohesion”) as a result of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The Republican bill on defense sequestration has passed the House, but looks unlikely to move further.
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Photo: Outside the US Embassy in Cairo, a protester throws back a tear gas canister launched by riot police. Nasser Nasser/AP.

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This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

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Photo: Outside the US Embassy in Cairo, a protester throws back a tear gas canister launched by riot police. Nasser Nasser/AP.

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