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The US doubled the reward to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Mission in Benghazi. Government agencies are considering possible exemptions to antiterrorism laws to allow greater resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US. A cybersecurity report warned that thousands of small satellite dish-based computer systems in the US and elsewhere are vulnerable to hacking. The FBI concluded that all four of the Shabaab attackers at Nairobi's Westgate Mall probably died during the siege; a separate investigation by the New York Police Department said they probably escaped.
In the first of the Obama administration's accelerated review hearings for Guantanamo detainees, former Osama bin Laden bodyguard Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz al-Mujahid, who was previously deemed a high security risk, has been cleared for release. The FBI is conducting round-the-clock surveillance on jihadist fighters who have returned to the US from Syria, as al Qaeda in Syria is seeking to use jihadists for future attacks, possibly in the US; at least 70 Americans have either gone to Syria to fight, or tried to, in the past three years. The US may resume the shipment of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, even if some of it ends up in the hands of the Islamic Front. The US military has offered to help train Iraqi commandos. The State Department designated Ansar al Sharia branches in Tunisia and Libya as terrorist organizations, and also designated Ansar al Sharia leaders Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi) as global terrorists. US Africa Command said a small unit of US military advisers was deployed to Somalia late last year.
US officials said the State Department is expected to designate Ansar al Sharia branches in Tunisia and in Derna and Benghazi in Libya as foreign terrorist organizations; Derna branch leader Abu Sufian bin Qumu is expected to be designated as a global terrorist, along with militia leaders Ahmed Abu Khattala and Seif Allah bin Hassine. Qumu and associates are suspected in the attack on the US mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The US is also reportedly seeking extremist Faraj al Chalabi, who may have fled Libya. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates claimed that President Obama lacked faith in his own Afghan war strategy. The US is sending 800 soldiers and 40 tanks to South Korea next month. US officials said they are in talks with Iraq about training elite Iraqi forces in a third country.