Morning Security Brief: Russia Warned, Arrest Intelligence, and Nigeria Counterterrorism

By Mark Tarallo

► On Sunday, President Obama’s national security advisor warned Russian leaders not to send armed forces into Ukraine to restore what they see as a compliant government. “That would be a grave mistake,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice, said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It’s not in the interests of the Ukraine or of Russia or of Europe or of the United States to see the country split. It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.” Rice’s remarks came after bloody street protests in Ukraine culminated over the weekend with pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to flee the capital of Kiev. Rice said on the program that Mr. Yanukovych’s whereabouts were “not known at the present.”

► Intelligence from a Department of Homeland Security investigation helped the authorities in the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most wanted drug dealer, a U.S. law enforcement official told the Associated Press. Guzman was arrested at a hotel in the seaside resort town of Mazatlan early Saturday. The U.S. official, who had not been authorized to discuss details of the arrest and requested anonymity, said intelligence about Guzman's whereabouts came from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, AP reported. A second U.S. law enforcement official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, says no shots were fired in the arrest.

► Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Boko Haram's recent attacks in Nigeria, and said the United States is providing Nigeria with counterterrorism assistance, UPI reported. "Last Saturday, a brazen attack on the village of Izge, Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon took the lives of more than 100 innocent people. Not less than a week had passed before Boko mounted another attack in Bama, setting 1,500 buildings ablaze, killing more than 115 people, and leaving many others injured," Kerry said in a statement released on Sunday. Kerry said the United States is providing counterterrorism assistance to Nigeria, but did not provide details. "We stand with the people of Northern Nigeria in their struggle against violent extremism," Kerry wrote.


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