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In a speech at West Point, President Obama set forth his foreign policy direction, which foresees fewer major US military deployments, more multilateral operations and diplomatic efforts, increased support for "vetted" Syrian rebels, and the creation of a $5 billion fund to help countries like Turkey and Jordan combat terrorism, which he said remains the most direct threat to the US. Obama claimed that "al Qaeda's leadership on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated" and said the main threat now comes from al Qaeda affiliates and extremists. US officials confirmed that a US citizen carried out a recent Al Nusrah Front suicide bombing in Syria.




US urges citizens to leave Libya immediately




US to end presence in Afghanistan by end of 2016




President Obama is planning a further reduction in US troop levels in Afghanistan, drawing down to 9,800 by the end of this year, diminishing to half that by the end of 2015, and leaving just embassy staff by late 2016. If no agreement regarding status of forces is reached with Afghanistan, there is a possibility that all US troops will be withdrawn. The Obama administration is also considering authorizing a US military mission to train allegedly moderate Syrian rebels. US special operations teams are currently training and equipping counterterrorism forces in Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The US has deployed a warship with about 1,000 Marines to the coast of Libya in case Americans need to be evacuated from the country.




Obama Close to Authorizing Military Training of Syrian Rebels




Boko Haram shows changing al Qaeda threat




US Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations




Syrian Rebels Describe US-Backed Training in Qatar




Terrorists exploit social networks in North Africa




Al Nusrah Front, Suqour al Sham launch joint suicide assault in Syria

Al Qaeda's affiliate and a unit in the supposedly moderate Islamic Front executed a complex suicide attack and used three foreign fighters. One is rumored to be an American, although that report is unconfirmed.


Syrian opposition scores in US Senate defense bill




Nigeria's Army Holding Up Hunt for Taken Girls




Harakat Hazm: America's new favorite jihadist group




US 'only' country helping to find Nigerian schoolgirls, claims John Kerry




President Obama said 80 US troops have been deployed to Chad to aid in the search for over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. About 50 US security experts already in Nigeria have been also helping with the hunt.




Al Qaeda 'not defeated' in Afghanistan




US military's reduced readiness seen as emboldening China, Russia




The Justice Department chose not to appeal against disclosure of a redacted version of a legal memo justifying the use of drone strikes to kill US citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. A Marine crisis response team has been sent to Sicily for possible deployment in evacuating US officials from Libya. Over 6,000 US troops will participate in the fourth annual Eager Lion military exercise in Jordan this week.




Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya's rogue General Haftar




Abu Hamza guilty: former MI6 chief denies cleric was informant