June 22nd, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Morning Security Brief

A look at some of the top stories on national security, terrorism and intelligence today:

Top General apologizes – The U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to Washington to explain remarks he made to Rolling Stone magazine. A profile of the General included outspoken criticism of the US ambassador in Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, as well as a derisive tone towards some in the White House opposed to his counter-insurgency strategy. McChrystal issued a statement Tuesday from Kabul saying: "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened." But now senior Administration official tells CNN: "McChrystal has been directed to attend tomorrow's monthly meeting [in Washington] on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person rather than appear over SVTC (secure video teleconference) to explain to the Pentagon and the Commander in Chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues."

Taxpayers funding warlords? CNN's Mike Mount reports from Washington that millions of dollars awarded in Afghan trucking contracts may be ending up in the Taliban's pockets. The U.S. military is investigating whether American taxpayer dollars from a more than two billion dollar contract are being used to pay off Afghan insurgents in return for not attacking contractors. The House Oversight Committee will discuss the issue this afternoon.

Easing tensions in Israel – CNN's Elise Labott asks whether an unlikely opportunity may have arisen following Israel's confrontation with the Gaza flotilla last month – saying it became the catalyst for a new approach. The Obama administration, along with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, seized on the "unsustainable" factor to push hard for relaxing the siege on Gaza and for greater engagement with the Palestinian Authority. During President Abbas's visit earlier this month, the White House announced $400 million in assistance for the West Bank and Gaza.

German bomb-maker arrested in Pakistan – Reports from Pakistan say a German man dressed in a woman's burqa has been arrested as he tried to reach the tribal territories bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani officials say he's been identified as 27-year old Rami Mackenzie, alleged to be an expert bomb-maker. Intelligence agencies have identified a number of young Germans now fighting with the Taliban and other militant groups along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

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