taliban2by MEREDITH DAKE:

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that talks between the United States and the Taliban for a “political solution” to the security of Afghanistan will result in concessions from both sides. Within hours of that statement, the Taliban took credit for an attack in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of four Americans.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday morning that the Taliban have “claimed responsibility” for an attack on an U.S. air base in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of four Americans. This attack was facilitated after the Taliban announced the opening of offices in Qatar for the purpose of negotiations for a “political solution” in the Afghan region.

The State Department seems to have put no pre-conditions for the Taliban to come to the negotiation table and suggests that major concessions could be made to the terrorist group in an effort to bring security and stability to the region without the need for U.S. presence.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki left the possibility open with reporters on Tuesday that upcoming “negotiations” with the Taliban could result in the delisting from the United States’ “Most Wanted” terrorists list in order to facilitate stability in the Afghan region. When asked about the Taliban’s insistence for leaders to be removed from the “Most Wanted” list, Psaki said, “There need to be negotiations, there need to be discussions. The U.S. will have some, Afghans will have some, but I’m not going to get ahead of what the end results will be.”

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CAIR Targets Morsi/Brotherhood Critics

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Pro-Muslim Brotherhood forces attacked protesters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi with rocks and clubs in Cairo Wednesday.

It’s the latest in a series of clashes since Morsi, a longtime Brotherhood official, issued a Nov. 22 decree effectively placing himself above judicial oversight. He has said he will nullify it if voters approve a Dec. 15 referendum ratifying a controversial new draft constitution rammed through an Islamist-dominated assembly early Friday.

Although the document declares a right to freedom of speech, it also includes a prohibition on “insults” to “religious prophets.” Another provision would require government authorization to operate a website.

Wednesday’s clashes targeted several hundred anti-Morsi protesters who had camped out near the presidential palace.

Demonstrators say they will do everything possible to defeat the referendum. “Our marches are against tyranny … and we won’t retract our position,” Hussein Abdel Ghany, a spokesman for the protesters, said Tuesday. Eleven newspapers shut themselves down Tuesday to protest Morsi’s “dictatorship,” and banks said they would close three hours early in solidarity with the protesters.

The New York Times reported that Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party warned three former presidential candidates, among them Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei, that they would be held accountable for any violence that occurred.

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators near the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday. Officials in Morsi’s office said the Islamist leader fled the palace as protesters broke through police lines.

While Egyptians take to the streets to oppose what they claim is a nascent tyranny, Morsi and his Islamist government can count on support from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). For example, CAIR-Los Angeles boss Hussam Ayloush praised Morsi for assuming more power in order to prevent “corrupt judges” from the “undermining and undoing of every democratic step.”

In a Facebook post, Ayloush blamed Egypt’s internal strife on the secular opposition: “Much of the Egyptian opposition seem to be more interested in opposing Morsi and the MB than actually helping Egypt become a stable and institutional democracy,”

CAIR-New York’s Cyrus McGoldrick disparaged criticism of Morsi as “a last stand by old pro-West/Mubarak/Israel crowd to keep power in judiciary.”

CAIR-San Francisco chief Zahra Billoo dismissed American concerns that the Islamist-backed draft constitution wouldn’t protect human rights. “Why do we care about what the Egyptian Constitution says about indefinite detention, when it is being practiced by the U.S. government?” she wrote in a Twitter post Monday.

Several oceans away in Tahrir Square, Egyptian women see things very differently. They charge that the Brotherhood is “paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men” protesting Morsi’s policies.

Female protesters in Tahrir Square provided harrowing accounts of sexual assaults they say were carried out by thugs on the Islamist group’s payroll.

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Benghazi: Bloody hand prints, stolen documents and shocking security failings

By Beth Stebner:

Harrowing pictures inside the U.S. consulate as it is revealed ‘officials  knew about attack plans 48 HOURS before and did nothing’

  • Dramatic images  of bloody hand prints and crumbling buildings capture horror of Tuesday’s attack  on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which fell on 11th anniversary of 9/11  terrorist attacks
  • Revealed today  that sensitive documents have gone missing from compound, including names of  Libyans working with American officials and oil contracts
  • U.S. Department  of State ‘knew of attack plans up to 48 hours ahead of time but did not tell  diplomats to go on lock-down,’ sources say
  • Libyan officials  say four men now in custody in relation to attack
  • Landlord of  building says there were 400 rioters and attack could not be  prevented

In the wake of the deadly U.S. consulate  attack in Libya’s second-largest city, disturbing images have emerged of the  embassy, which is now little more than bloodied rubble that has been looted,  torched, and trampled upon.

These images are only part of the story, as  it has been revealed today that a major security breach could have been the  reason that American ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other  Americans, were killed in Tuesday’s attack.

There will be blood: A Libyan man explains that the bloodstains on the column  are from one the American staff members who grabbed the edge of the column while  he was evacuated, after an attack that killed four Americans on September 11th

Grim scene: Bloodstains at the main gate believed to be from one of the American  staff members of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya

Damages: The inside of the burnt US consulate building in Benghazi two days  after the deadly attack

Reports have also circulated that the attack  in Benghazi was an inside job and that the U.S. Department of State knew of the  attack up to 48 hours ahead of time, yet did nothing.

Adding to the chaos, sensitive documents have  apparently gone missing from the embassy following the attack, potentially  putting many in danger.

The embassy, located in Libya’s  second-largest city, was an easy target as it had not been equipped to withstand  a riot, and as such, did not have bullet-proof glass or reinforced doors,  reports said.

The  Independent,  citing diplomatic sources, has exclusively reported that the U.S. State  Department had known up to 48 hours ahead of the attacks that the compounds in  Benghazi and Cairo were potential targets. However, none of the diplomats in  either city were given warning to go on lock-down, the paper  reported.

Documents containing delicate information  have been lost in the attack, the paper reported. These documents are believed  to contain the names of Libyans who are also working for Americans, as well as  information on oil contracts.

It is also believed that the attacks could be  retribution for a drone strike which killed a top al-Qaeda official in Pakistan,  who was said to be Libyan.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of  State told MailOnline: ‘We have nothing further on the situation except what was  spoken about with two state department officials at a press conference earlier  today.’

Go to Daily Mail for in depth coverage and incredible photos of the destruction of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi