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The Pentagon's semiannual report on Afghan operations noted that during the April-September period, US and Coalition deaths dropped by almost 60% compared to the same period last year, but that Afghan troop deaths went up by 80%. It said Afghan forces are now conducting 95% of conventional operations and 98% of special operations. The report claimed that counterterrorism operations "eliminated dozens of al Qaeda operatives and facilitators" and restricted the terror group's movements to "isolated areas inside northeastern Afghanistan." It also said that although the number of al Qaeda fighters in the country "remains very low," al Qaeda's AQ "relationship with local Afghan Taliban formations remains intact."
Prosecutors charged Dino Bouterse, the son of the president of Suriname, with attempting to support Hezbollah by providing members of the terrorist group with weapons and facilitating their entry into the US to attack American targets. Secretary of State Kerry said no agreement has yet been reached in negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, as key issues are still unresolved.
Meeting in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah yesterday, Secretary of State Kerry said the US would defend Saudi Arabia in the event of external attack, and offered to share information on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. In Poland today, Kerry promised the US would work with its friends to strike the right balance in its surveillance program. Defense Secretary Hagel said budgetary constraints and global security challenges mean the US military will shift to a "smaller, modern" force that is "globally active and engaged" from a larger, garrison force with older equipment.