Obama: No Gitmo transfers to Yemen ‘at this time’ – POLITICO.com

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the United States will halt all transfers of Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen for now, but insisted he is not wavering in his commitment to shut down the prison for terror suspects. “Given the unsettled situation, I’ve spoken to the attorney general and we’ve agreed that we will not be […]

Sessions: Jihadi rehab tied to terror – POLITICO.com

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to explore links between a jihadist rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia and Yemeni extremists linked to the failed Christmas Day terror plot. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday rereleased a letter he sent last month to Holder demanding that the Department […]

Yemen launches offensive against al Qaeda – AP

Yemen has launched an offensive against al Qaeda and the U.S. embassy in Sanaa reopened on Tuesday after security forces staged a raid just outside the capital that dealt with an imminent security threat. Yemen has sent thousands of troops to take part in a campaign against al Qaeda in three provinces over the past […]

Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests – NYTimes.com

Iranian authorities continued arresting hundreds of opposition members and accused the United States and Britain on Tuesday of orchestrating the violent demonstrations that rocked the capital and other cities on Sunday. via Iran Lashes Out at West Over Protests – NYTimes.com.

Ahmadinejad dismisses US deadline for nuclear deal – AP

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president on Tuesday dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and the West for Tehran to accept a U.N.-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. The United States warned Iran to take the deadline seriously. via Ahmadinejad dismisses US deadline for nuclear deal – Yahoo! News.

Sunrise votes nudge health care bill forward Tues. – AP

Two down, one to go. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul cleared its second 60-vote test in the Senate early Tuesday morning — moving it a step closer to passage by Christmas. Senate Democrats remained united behind their compromise bill, over steadfast Republican opposition. The motion, to shut off debate and move to a vote […]

Iranian Endgame – by P. David Hornik

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Is Israel America’s last resort?

Ill. prison to get Gitmo detainees – AP

WASHINGTON – Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the White House plans to announce Tuesday that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo. via […]

TSA accidentally reveals airport security secrets – washingtonpost.com

The Transportation Security Administration inadvertently revealed closely guarded secrets related to airport passenger screening practices when it posted online this spring a document as part of a contract solicitation, the agency confirmed Tuesday. via TSA accidentally reveals airport security secrets – washingtonpost.com.

Syria’s Latest “Peace” Overture – by P. David Hornik

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Hollow posturing from a terror-supporting, anti-Semitic regime.