From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: World Report: Failed African armies | Syria: A failed state | German nuke waste
Date: Mon Jun 09 17:43:36 MDT 2014
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Monday, 9 June 2014
Islamists infiltrate, attack Pakistan's largest international airport in Karachi

Islamists militants launched a ferocious terrorist assault Sunday on Pakistan largest international airport in Karachi, and attack which was still going on earlier today (Monday morning). The Islamists infiltrated the airport and then engaged in an extended firefight with security forces. Reports said that, so far, 28 people have been killed. Explosions and gunfire rang out across the airport through the night as police and security forces rushed to the scene to battle with attackers, as passengers waited anxiously in a nearby terminal and in airplanes stranded on the tarmac. By late afternoon Pakistan time (5 a.m. EST), after five hours of siege, the military reported that the last of 10 attackers had been killed. Abdullah Bahar, the commander of the Pakistani Taliban, said in a statement that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of Hakimullah Meshud, the Taliban commander strike by a U.S. drone last November in Waziristan.

Incompetent African armies fail to provide domestic security

Economic growth in different parts of Africa has led analysts to talk of an era of "Africa Rising." While the economic strides have been impressive, there is one area where most African governments have failed to deliver: improved security for the continent's 1.1 billion inhabitants. The last year has seen a spate of high-profile, embarrassing domestic-security lapses in two of sub-Saharan Africa's most important economies -- Nigeria and Kenya -- each regarded in the West as a trusted partner and regional anchor states. Both the Nigerian and Kenyan armies, however, have botched key domestic interventions when crises hit, exposing weaknesses that raise fundamental questions about their operational reliability. The reasons for the military incompetence may be different in each country: Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries not only in Africa, but the world, and the Nigerian armed forces are as corrupt as any other government sector. in Kenya, the army's competence has been steadily undermined by growing ethnic conflicts exploited by cynical politicians for political gains. Economists say that "money is a coward," and unless African governments find a way to improve domestic security, the economic growth they have enjoyed will not be sustained.

AU backs call for war crimes investigation in the Central African Republic

The African Union on Friday said it would back a call for the Security Council to consider creating a tribunal to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides in Central African Republic's ethnic and religious violence. The mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in Central African Republic in December 2012, perpetrating abuses on the majority Christian population (Christian account for about 80 percent of the population, Muslims for about 15 percent). Christian militias were formed to protect the Christian populations, but these militias soon began to assault Muslim civilians, killing thousands and driving more than a million Muslims out of their homes. UN officials have warned that the conflict between Muslims and Christians could spiral into genocide.

Syria is becoming another failed state, like Somalia: Lakhdar Brahimi

Syria is descending into a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords, a situation poses a grave threat to the future of the Middle East. These are the conclusions of former peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Brahimi, who stepped down a week ago after the failure of peace talks between the Assad regime and the rebels which he mediated in Geneva. Brahimi said that said that without concerted efforts for a political solution to Syria's civil war "there is a serious risk that the entire region will blow up." Brahimi, who resigned as UN special envoy for Afghanistan in 1999, drew comparisons between Syria now and Afghanistan under Taliban rule before the 9/11 attacks on the United States. "The U.N. Security Council had no interest in Afghanistan, a small country, poor, far away. I said one day it's going to blow up in your faces. It did," he said. "Syria is so much worse." Brahimi also compared Syria to Somalia, which has been in a civil war from nearly twenty-five years now. Syria "will not be divided, as many have predicted. It's going to be a failed state, with warlords all over the place."

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New president takes power in Egypt

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, 59, a former general who last year led the military ousting of President Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in as president on Sunday, saying he can overcome the economic dysfunction and political polarization that plagued Egypt’s three-year experiment with democracy. Sisi now takes formal responsibility for a nation convulsed by three years of turmoil, scarred by the new government’s ruthless crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, and divided by deepening loathing between rival Islamist and nationalist sections of the population. Egypt is not self-sustaining economically, and without billions of dollars in continuing aid from Persian Gulf monarchies, only too happy to be rid of the Brotherhood, Egypt’s Treasury would empty and its economy collapse.

South Carolina facility to receive German nuclear waste for storage

The U.S. Department of Energy last week said it will study the environmental risk of importing spent nuclear fuel from Germany which contains highly enriched uranium, a move which is a first for the United States. The department said it is considering a plan to ship the nuclear waste from Germany to a federal nuclear facility at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. The 310-acre site already holds millions of gallons of high-level nuclear waste in tanks. The waste came from reactors in South Carolina which produced plutonium for nuclear weapons from 1953 to 1989.

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Obama says U.S. prefers for the U.K. to remain united

President Barack Obama last week intervened in the debate on Scottish independence, saying that the United States has a deep interest in ensuring the United Kingdom remains "strong, robust and united." The unexpected intervention took place during a joint press conference with David Cameron on Thursday. Obama said that he thought the United Kingdom "had worked pretty well," and had been an extraordinary and effective partner to the United States. Obama stressed twice during the press conference that the decision on independence was "up to the people of Scotland," but he made it clear that he wanted to see a no vote in September's referendum.

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