Today's Headlines and Commentary

Ritika Singh
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:39 PM
The New York Times reports that French police "have detained 10 suspected Islamic militants. . .

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The New York Times reports that French police "have detained 10 suspected Islamic militants. . . the latest in a series of measures apparently designed to display a forceful response to the killings seven people in the southwest of the country last month." The Associated Press informs us that "preliminary charges are being filed against 13 Islamist radicals in France, a prosecutor announced Tuesday, saying some had been calling for Muslim Shariah law in the country, doing weapons training and even planning to kidnap a judge." Here's a terrorist group you don't hear about often: the Khalistan Commando Force, formed in 1986 and "comprised of Sikh militants who seek to create a separate Sikh state in the Punjab region of India." A gentleman in this country by the name of Khalid Awan was "re-sentenced on Monday to 14 years in prison Monday for providing money and financial services" to the KCF, says the Wall Street Journal. According to CNN's Security Clearance blog, U.S. military investigators could travel this week to the village where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales shot and killed 17 civilians. They'll probably not get the warmest of receptions. One Sam Adams--no, neither the beer nor the cousin of John Adams but the mayor Portland, Oregon--has an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle asserting that his fine city offers a model for terrorism investigations. The AP announces that alleged Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan will attend a pretrial hearing today at which the judge may rule on a request from his lawyers for a forensic pathologist. Lots of Pakistan news from our press today. The AP follows on the story that "the United States has offered a $10 million bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people." The sought-after gentleman in question is Hafiz Saeed, who founded Lakshar-e-Taiba. CNN also has the story. Meanwhile, the Washington Times tells us that anti-Americanism in Pakistan is causing "U.S. diplomatic efforts to persuade Pakistan to reopen NATO supply lines to the Afghan war" to go nowhere. Here’s the latest From the Frenemy Press: Pakistan's Foreign Ministry isn't too happy with America's $10 million reward for the capture of Hafiz Saeed. The Express Tribune reports that "proof supporting allegations levelled against founder of banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed should be provided to Pakistan." And this story informs us that Islamabad and Washington have reached tentative agreements through backchannels over military expenses. And if you spend your days wondering what's going on at the Homeland Security Expo, check out the Post for today's Moment of Zen. Money quote:
The salesman for Blackline GPS Corp., maker of "professional grade covert tracking" equipment, explained that his devices, in the shape of a legal envelope ($700) or an electric razor ($300), can be tucked behind seat cushions, under floor mats or into backpacks. "We’re getting more requests from husbands and wives," he explained. "I’ve seen guys throw it in their wives’ car and cover it with a hat. It keeps honest people honest."

Ritika Singh was a project coordinator at the Brookings Institution where she focused on national security law and policy. She graduated with majors in International Affairs and Government from Skidmore College in 2011, and wrote her thesis on Russia’s energy agenda in Europe and its strategic implications for America.

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