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The US Embassy in Uganda issued a warning of possible terror attacks in the capital city of Kampala in February or March. The first of four Navy missile-destroyer ships arrived at the US base in Rota, Spain as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach missile shield; three more ships will arrive by 2015 as part of the NATO plan.
The CIA is said to be considering a drone strike on an American member of al Qaeda in an unnamed foreign country who is plotting attacks against US citizens overseas. President Obama and President Hollande of France jointly announced new strategic cooperation between their countries on combating terrorism as well as other endeavors. The Pentagon announced that the MV Cape Ray, the ship specially outfitted to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, will remain indefinitely in Rota, Spain until the Assad regime completes the handover of its chemical weapons.
New Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson said the war in Syria has become a matter of homeland security due to the risks posed by US jihadists. US officials said at least 50 Americans have traveled to Syria to fight. Last week National Intelligence Director James Clapper said parts of northern Syria were becoming like Pakistan's tribal areas, where al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other extremists have found safe havens since 2001. According to Senator Lindsey Graham, Secretary of State Kerry recently said al Qaeda is posing a real and direct threat.
Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Brett McGurk said suicide bombings in Iraq have tripled over the past year, and that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is using a "global network" of jihadists to supply the bombers, who are often foreigners; he also accused Iraq of not doing enough to stop Iran from sending military equipment to the Assad regime in Syria. McGurk said US advisers have been assisting the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS in Fallujah. Secretary of State Kerry cautioned that French business executives visiting Tehran risk possible Iran sanctions. The Homeland Security Department warned that toothpaste tubes filled with explosives could be smuggled into Russia on direct flights and used to assemble a bomb either aboard the airplane or at the Sochi Olympics.