Key issues to watch this week

J.J. Green,

AL-NUSRAH – The CIA has expressed skepticism about claims by al-Qaida-linked groups to have weapons of mass destruction. The agency says that al-Nusrah made a point of asserting publicly late last year that any messages not disseminated via its official channels or specific Web forums were fake. Several videos have surfaced in recent days showing the group with what appear to be weapons of mass destruction and claiming to have stolen them from Syria.

BRENNAN CONRFIRMATION – Thursday Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

JAPAN/CHINA TENSION – After a Chinese vessel near the East China Sea Isles locked its radar in on a Japanese Navy ship, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is urging China not to inflame tensions in the region.

CYBER ATTACKS – There have been several major breaches of bank, media outlets and other American companies by Chinese hackers in the last few weeks. Now there are reports that Anonymous has hacked and released the “security credentials for 4,000 U.S. bank executives.”

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