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The FBI and US intelligence authorities are investigating whether any Americans are part of the Shabaab assault team that attacked a Nairobi mall. US citizen Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 23, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for lying to the FBI about his attempts to join the Taliban or al Qaeda. He was an acquaintance of Adis Medunjanin, who along with several others was guilty of plotting to bomb New York subways.
A district court judge accepted the guilty plea of former Pfc. Eric Harroun to the lesser charge of conspiring to violate arms-control laws and sentenced him to time served. Harroun, who has admitted to fighting with the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front in Syria, had also been accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiring to use destructive devices overseas. The White House said it is ready to engage in talks with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program: it is also telling Israeli officials the US will judge Iran by its actions, not its words.
Secretary of State Kerry said the time for debate has passed as the UN report on the Aug. 21 gas attack in Damascus contained "several crucial details that confirmed that the Assad regime is guilty," and urged the UN Security Council to pass "a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism" to rapidly achieve the goal of completely removing Syria's chemical weapons. Human rights advocates have asked the US to arrest President Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges, if he comes to the US for the UN General Assembly next week.
The administration appeared to back off from the demand that the Assad regime provide a full and complete list of its chemical weapons arsenal by Sept. 21, and said "forward momentum" is the goal. The head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee questioned why none of the terrorists who attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi last year have been arrested, and why no State Department officials have been fired or disciplined despite formal findings that State had failed to provide adequate security and some diplomatic security officials had shown poor leadership.
Navy Secretary Mabus ordered security reviews for all Navy and Marine Corps bases and installations in the US, following the massacre at the DC Navy Yard yesterday; Defense Secretary Hagel plans to order security reviews for all Defense Dept. installations. A Defense Dept. audit said recent cost cuts have led to significant security lapses in the Navy. UN Security Council diplomats met to draft a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons. Russia maintained that the UN report contains no proof that the Assad regime was to blame for the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. A district court authorized the forfeiture to the US of a 36-story office building in Manhattan owned by front companies for the Iranian government that laundered money and violated Iran sanctions; it is reportedly the largest terrorism-related forfeiture so far in the US.