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By William Tucker

Six Afghan policemen were killed today by a fellow officer who may have been recruited by the Taliban to carry out the attack. Insider attacks targeting NATO members have been reported on extensively – commonly known as “green on blue” attacks – but it is the Afghan forces that have received the majority of the damage.

By William Tucker

In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed to have already received an S-300 air defense system of Russian manufacture. More accurately, Assad said “missiles” which could indicate that the entire S-300 kit hasn’t yet arrived in Syria. At a time of civil war when the government is pitted against an asymmetric foe without any air assets, the question of why Syria would bother purchasing such a system seems rather profound.

By William Tucker

A suspected U.S. UAV strike hit a house in Chashma, a village near Miramshah, Pakistan today killing seven and wounding several others. Reports have emerged that Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in the strike, however neither the U.S., Pakistan, nor the TTP have confirmed this.

By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Iran has begun paving over a former military site where its scientists are suspected to have conducted nuclear-weapons related experiments, according to a new U.N. report, a move that could doom efforts to reconstruct a critical part of Iran’s nuclear history.

Satellite photos of the site, known as Parchin, show fresh asphalt covering a broad area where suspicious tests were carried out several years ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in an internal report that was prepared for diplomats.

William Tucker
Chief Corespondent for In Homeland Security

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today to discuss the situation in Syria. The two parties have agreed to hold another international conference aimed at continuing the dialog from the Action Group for Syria meeting last summer.

By William Tucker

The morning after two explosions occurred at the end point of the Boston marathon there has been very little new information to report. Thus far, the reports of two improvised explosive devices detonating in a crowd of spectators leaving three dead and numerous wounded is still the most concrete information provided to the public.

By William Tucker

Washington has decided to postpone an intercontinental ballistic missile test at Vandenberg Air Force Base this week due to tensions with North Korea. It may seem a strange move considering the assets the U.S. had made available for the recent war games with South Korea, but it is logical. Any deployment of military hardware to South Korea that seemed out of the norm could easily be sent under the guise of the war games, but a ballistic missile test could easily be mistaken as an overt provocative measure.

By William Tucker

The U.S. State Department War Crimes Rewards Program is offering a five million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction of the Lord’s Resistance Army leaders Joseph Kony, Okot Odhiambo, and Dominic Ongwen. U.S. Army Special Forces have been in Africa assisting in the search for Kony and his remaining lieutenants, but recent developments in the Central African Republic have affected the operation.

By William Tucker

The U.S. has been steadily increasing its military presence on the Korean Peninsula as of late. Though some of the earlier deployments were related to the joint U.S.-South Korean War games, it is the recent deployment of heavy bombers, stealth aircraft, and naval assets with missile defense capabilities that have drawn the most scrutiny.

By William Tucker The Syrian conflict has been anything but linear. With a fragmented opposition lacking a formal command and control structure coordinating forces fighting against an entrenched regime backed by Iran and Hezbollah it is hard to imagine that the war would be linear. This is a greater problem for the rebels than it is for the government as the opposition is forced to use creative methods to acquire supplies.