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The State Department designated the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram and its splinter group Ansaru as global terrorist organizations. The White House is trying to thwart Congress' plans to impose new Iran sanctions, in the hopes of securing a deal on the Iranian nuclear program. An appellate court upheld the terrorism convictions of Tarek Mehanna, who conspired to support al Qaeda and kill US soldiers.
Basit Javed Sheikh a.k.a. Abdul Basit, a Pakistani man from Cary, North Carolina, was arrested at Raleigh-Durham airport as he tried to fly to Lebanon via Canada. He was charged with aiding a terrorist group, as he allegedly has been attempting to provide foreign fighters for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. The US military sent a contingent of Marines and two C-130 transport planes with humanitarian aid to typhoon-ravaged areas of the central Philippines.
The Pentagon's semiannual report on Afghan operations noted that during the April-September period, US and Coalition deaths dropped by almost 60% compared to the same period last year, but that Afghan troop deaths went up by 80%. It said Afghan forces are now conducting 95% of conventional operations and 98% of special operations. The report claimed that counterterrorism operations "eliminated dozens of al Qaeda operatives and facilitators" and restricted the terror group's movements to "isolated areas inside northeastern Afghanistan." It also said that although the number of al Qaeda fighters in the country "remains very low," al Qaeda's AQ "relationship with local Afghan Taliban formations remains intact."