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Morning Security Brief: Concerns about Syria, FBI's Evolution since 9-11, Marine Corps Training, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

► President Obama has spoken on Syria's use of chemical weapons in a Wednesday attack; he called it a "grave concern," according to the BBC. The attack was near Damascus and the article reports that Syrian ally Russia has urged the nation to allow in UN Inspectors to investigate the attack. Meanwhile, UNICEF reports that a million children have fled Syria, with another two million displaced within Syria.

► Several government reports dealing with the military and international affairs have been released this month. The Congressional Research Service has released several reports to Congress this month. Among them are a look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other Mental Health Problems in the Military, which included recommendations for research into screening and treatment of the disorders; Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress, which looked at the situation in Egypt and the U.S.'s relationship with that country. The Government Accountability Office released a report this week on Army and Marine Corps Training, which found that there is a lack of information on the effectiveness of simulation training and on how training should be broken down between simulation-based training and other options.

► The Washington Post has an article on outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, who stepped into the post a week before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He discussed how the 9-11 attacks transformed the FBI's mission. Mueller talks about reshaping the FBI from a domestic crime-fighting agency to one that also deals with counterintelligence and fighting terrorism. Mueller has headed the agency for 12 years and steps down in September.

► Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, deposed former president, has been released from prison and will be under house arrest while awaiting a court date. He stands accused of corruption and of the murder of protesters. 

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