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President Obama authorized the provision of military aid to Somalia, signaling a move toward more normal relations. Attorneys for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and former spokesman for the al Qaeda emir, may seek to move the trial out of New York City. Walli Mujahidh, a co-conspirator in a plot to attack a south Seattle military processing center, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran

700 Special Ops vets call for Benghazi committee

Afghan attacks raise fears over Taliban strength

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Afghan forces would be in the lead throughout Afghanistan by May or June, and that it will be up to them to determine whether areas currently contested by the Taliban revert to Afghan control. He also said he had grave concerns that the Syrian conflict could drag on for years.

Leaving Corruptistan: Washington Favors Exit over Fight with Karzai

US Reviews Military Options for Syria

Al-Qaida Leader Urges Muslims to Unite in Struggle

Origins of CIA's Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan

Afghans Jail US Man in Business Dispute

US aids effort to remove bomb-grade uranium from Czech Republic

Why is the West doing business with Sudan?

Defense Secretary Hagel said North Korea's recent actions constitute a "clear and present danger." In a formal declaration, North Korea said today it had "ratified" an attack on the US involving possibly a "diversified nuclear strike." The Pentagon announced its plans to send a ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the next few weeks. The US is speeding up its training of the Syrian rebels.

US, Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition

Afghan Spy Chief Returns Home

After Benghazi, Marines approved for crisis response force

US accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression

What the Iraq war taught me about Syria

Obama image machine whirs as press access narrows

Top ISAF commander General Dunford said conditions in Afghanistan are not yet such that "al Qaeda and other international extremist groups will not be able to conduct attacks on the West." Defense Secretary Hagel is expected to announce significant cuts to defense spending. The US deployed F-22 stealth bombers to take part in defensive military drills in South Korea.