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A senior US military official said the US is planning on training 5,000 to 7,000 Libyan soldiers and a smaller number of Libyan special forces. An aerial target drone crashed on a naval ship off the California coast, slightly injuring two sailors.
The FBI warned that the hackers' group Anonymous has been accessing confidential data on government computers in the US Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and possibly other agencies, since December 2012. Authorities believe the cyberattacks are ongoing. General David M. Rodriguez, head of the US military's Africa Command, said it is reducing the size of training missions in Africa due to cuts in the Pentagon budget.
The State Department confirmed that since January it has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of those behind the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. FBI Director James Comey said cyberthreats are more likely than al Qaeda to pose problems for US security over the next few years. The director of the National Counterterrorism Center warned, however, that the risk posed by al Qaeda "has become more significant from a geographic perspective and more complicated from an intelligence perspective." The acting secretary of Homeland Security said his agency is working with European allies to track Western jihadists in Syria.
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.