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April 30, 2009

NSN Daily Update 4/30/2009
Posted by The National Security Network

See today's complete daily update here.

What We’re Reading

The U.K. ended combat operations in Iraq, handing control over to local forces a month ahead of schedule.  Britain will send an additional 700 troops to Afghanistan, but they must be withdrawn by 2010.

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, an al Qaeda suspect being tried in federal court, may plead guilty to a charge of conspiring with al Qaeda as early as today.

Attorney General Eric J. Holder indicated that European nations are willing to resettle some Guantanamo detainees.

Russia signed a border protection deal with the two Georgian separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Commentary of the Day

Joseph Margulies, co-counsel for Abu Zubaydah, describes Zubaydah’s mental and physical suffering as a result of CIA interrogation tactics, and discusses his status within al Qaeda.

David Ignatius interviewed National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones on how he’s running the NSC and the Administration’s toughest foreign policy challenges.

Julia E. Sweig argues for giving Guantanamo back to Cuba.


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