The Morning Dispatch: Executive Privilege Fight Heats Up

Happy Wednesday! If Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton can throw a perfect inning in Game 1 of the World Series on a broken leg, you can make it through today.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Following Monday’s military coup in Sudan, Sudanese Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Tuesday that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is safe and will be returned to his home “today or tomorrow.” al-Burhan defended the military’s actions as necessary to stave off a civil war and vowed to gradually restore internet access across the country. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said yesterday the Biden administration has been working with regional leaders to push the Sudanese military to cease any violence against civilians, release any detainees, and “get back on a democratic path.”

  • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that Pentagon officials believe ISIS-K could be capable of carrying out attacks on U.S. soil in the next six to 12 months. al-Qaeda, Kahl claimed, is “a year or two” away from regaining such capabilities.

  • The Associated Press reported Monday that U.S. officials believe Iran was behind last week’s drone strike on an American military outpost in Syria. The attack did not result in any reported injuries or deaths, but the officials said the drones used were Iranian and that Iran “appears to have facilitated their use.” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby declined to provide attribution for the attack in a press briefing Monday, but he noted it was similar in nature to previous strikes from Shia militia groups.

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