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The Pentagon is asking for more funding for a secret program that tracks biological weapons, due to "recent classified DoD guidance." A former US State Department adviser on Syria said the Obama administration is focusing on issues it can handle without the help of international partners, and excluded the possibility that the US would spearhead a military intervention in Syria. The acting head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the agency is tightening up the handling of sensitive security information about the nation's power grid.
El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, 26, a Moroccan resident of Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested on immigration charges yesterday; the complaint filed in federal court alleged that he repeatedly expressed a desire to bomb a federal building in Connecticut and an unspecified university outside the state. Secretary of State Kerry claimed that the threatened US strike on Syria late last summer would not have been significant enough to change the course of the conflict. In a recent article summarily dismissed by the US, it was alleged that a very large intervention had been planned. Kerry warned that Iran has the capability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months. An Israeli media report claimed the US is now providing Syrian rebels with heavy antitank BGM-71 TOW missiles; similar weapons were seen in a video featuring the Harakat Hazm group.
The State Department offered rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest of Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari, or Seher Demir Sen, three leaders of the left-wing Turkish terrorist organization Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi, or DHKP/C). Visiting Algiers, Secretary of State Kerry said the US wants to provide increased security assistance, including intelligence-sharing, to Algeria "in order to defeat al Qaeda and other terrorist groups" in the region.
A shooter identified as Spec. Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., killing three people and wounding 16, and then killed himself; authorities said the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related but were not ruling anything out. The FBI yesterday confirmed it was looking for a recently discharged Army recruit named Booker, a.k.a. Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, who was said to be planning "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against US soldiers."
Russia's foreign minister said Secretary of State Kerry recently confirmed to him personally that the US is still opposed to providing antiaircraft weapons to rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria. A Senate Intelligence Committee report disputed the CIA's contention that "enhanced interrogation techniques" provided key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.