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Authorities say cyberattacks against US financial targets are increasingly bent on destruction rather than espionage. A New York court convicted Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a 23-year-old Palestinian, of lying to FBI agents about his plans to travel to Pakistan to join the Taliban. An al Qaeda admirer, Shehadeh also ran several jihadist websites.
US Army veteran Eric Harroun was arrested and charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, an RPG, for the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affilate. A judge sentenced Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, an Eritrean, to nine years in prison followed by deportation, for supporting Shabaab. The US flew two stealth bombers over South Korea in a show of deterrent force to North Korea.
The US military is planning to add 14-man Marine special operations teams to ships carrying Marine Expeditionary Units to provide rapid responses in emergency situations. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, a Muslim convert formerly named Joseph Anthony Davis, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for plotting with accomplice Walli Mujahidh to attack a south Seattle military processing center on a busy Monday with automatic weapons and grenades.
The Justice Department unsealed a guilty plea today by Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Shabaab leader and coordinator between Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He pled guilty in December 2011 to nine US terrorism charges after being arrested in April 2011 and interrogated.
The US is expanding the role of the CIA in Syria by providing actionable intelligence to rebel groups that have been vetted by the CIA. The US is attempting to bolster non-jihadist rebel forces amid increasing concern that the Al Nusrah Front in Syria is working closely with al Qaeda's central leadership in Pakistan. The US is also helping train Jordanian forces on plans to counter the threat of Syria's chemical weapons.