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Former al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was arrested in Jordan on Feb. 28, pled not guilty in a Manhattan district court to the charge of conspiring to kill Americans. According to the indictment, Ghaith had urged Afghans to swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and agreed to assist him with the 9/11 attacks. Ghaith made a 22-page statement after his arrest.
Shortly after being released by Turkey, bin Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith was captured by the CIA as he passed from Jordan to Kuwait, and has been extradited to the US. A Pakistani US citizen in Portland, Ore., was indicted for supporting an al Qaeda suicide bomber. John Brennan was confirmed as CIA Director. The US said it could defend against a North Korean nuclear attack.
The Senate panel voted to approve the nomination of John Brennan as CIA head. Hafiz Khan, 77, a Florida imam and US citizen, was found guilty of providing some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban. Khan was arrested with two of his sons and three other people in May 2011; charges were dropped against the sons, and the other defendants remain in Pakistan. Khan's defense team had attempted to use Taliban testimony to show credibility of witnesses in Pakistan.
Secretary of State Kerry said the US will send food and medicine, as well as $60 million for basic services such as education and sanitation, directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition. The US already is providing $50 million in indirect help to the rebels. Some of the new aid will go directly to the Free Syrian Army's military councils.
An FBI informant who once worked for imprisoned terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman ("the Blind Sheikh") warned that the US should not yield to pressure from Egypt and others to release Rahman to serve the rest of his sentence elsewhere. One of Rahman's sons threatened that the US will "pay a terrible price" if Rahman is not released soon. The Army said pending budget cuts will have "dire" financial effects on the military.