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Secretary of State Kerry denounced the Assad regime and said the US will give an additional $378 million in humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, bringing the US total so far in the conflict to $2.4 billion. A Senate report found that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to conduct security inspections at 99% of the 4,011 chemical facilities considered at high risk for terrorist attacks. The Defense Department confirmed that as a routine matter the US recently released weapons from its stockpile to Israel.
Lawmakers questioned State and Defense department officials over the US' policy in Iraq; they were told there is no military solution to Iraq's conflict but asked why Iraqi requests for US strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham camps since August 2013 were dismissed. A top State official said the US is now flying 50 sorties daily over Iraq, up from one per month in the past. Former members of the independent 9/11 commission issued a 600-page report warning that "[t]he struggle against terrorism is far from over--rather, it has entered a new and dangerous phase," and stressing the need to enhance defenses against cyberattacks.
Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found guilty of obstruction of justice in the case; another friend, Stephen Silva, was arrested and accused of providing a gun used to kill a policeman during the manhunt after the bombing. The State Department warned citizens against travel to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and US and European airlines suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv. Two leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were arrested last week for trying to amputate the hand of a man they accused of theft. Congressional staffers reportedly rejected a plan to invest $500 million in training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels.