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The Pentagon said yesterday that US and coalition aircraft have flown some 6,600 sorties against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and conducted 623 airstrikes, of which 553 were carried out by the US and the other 70 by nine other nations; US officials warned that Iraqi forces will not be ready for months to conduct a counteroffensive against the Islamic State. The New York City Police Department urged increased vigilance after Zale Thompson, a Muslim convert who had ranted against the US and Christians and advocated violent jihad on social media, used a hatchet to attack a group of four NYC policemen yesterday, injuring two. Thompson was shot dead at the scene; authorities are investigating alleged Islamist links. The top US military official in Korea said he believes North Korea is now capable of producing a miniaturized nuclear device for a missile warhead.
US officials plan a federal court prosecution for Irek Hamidullan, a veteran jihadist from Russia who led attacks on US troops in Afghanistan; he is thought to have links to Islamist fighters in Chechnya. Abu Omar Aqidi, a senior member of the Al Nusrah Front, said Islamic State hostage Peter Kassig, an American medic, had treated him and other jihadists in Syria. The Pentagon said Syrian opposition fighters to be trained by the US will receive basic defensive training but admitted that they "won't have the decisive effect" against the Islamic State. Three teenage girls from Denver who tried to travel to Syria have returned home after being intercepted by authorities in Germany.
US and coalition forces carried out 22 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, all in Kobane except for one in Deir al Zour; today's strikes were the most intense targeting yet by the coalition in Kobane. US forces also carried out one airstrike in Iraq against the group. President Obama met with coalition partners to discuss strategy against the Islamic State. The US and Russia agreed to begin sharing intelligence on the Islamic State. The Justice Department added 17 new charges against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, including that he led an Ansar al Sharia-linked militia, and that he conspired to attack the US mission in Benghazi and kill American citizens. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno warned that the 2012 plan to cut the active-duty force from 570,000 to 450,000 must be revised, as seven of the Army's 10 divisions are currently deployed around the globe, and "military risk is increasing exponentially" due in part to "mistaken assumptions about the number, duration, location and size of future force conflicts, and the need to conduct post-stability operations."