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The State Department's Aug. 23 travel warning on Afghanistan said that the threat to US citizens in the country remains critical, no province is immune to violence, and "remnants" of the Taliban regime and the al Qaeda network, as well as other hostile groups, remain active. Patrick Campbell, of Freetown, Sierra Leone, was charged for trying to sell yellowcake uranium to Iran, following his arrest at JFK airport on Aug. 21, where authorities found samples of the toxic ore hidden in shoes in his luggage. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, Afghanistan in March 2012.
President Obama said that recent reports of a mass chemical attack in Syria are "of grave concern." Defense Secretary Hagel said he has been asked to prepare a range of military options for Syria. The Navy is expanding its presence in the Mediterranean. A court found Army Maj. Nidal Hasan guilty on all counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 attack at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded over 30; he faces a sentence of either death or life in prison. The conviction of Pirouz Sedahaty on fraud charges was reversed on grounds including the government's failure to provide a "fair and complete summary of classified material" to his defense team. The charges involved an Islamic charity that was a terrorist organization. An elderly Florida imam was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending $50,000 to support terrorist causes in Pakistan.
Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller warned that al Qaeda may have postponed a plot that led to the closure of over 20 US diplomatic facilities, and he said there is dialogue between core al Qaeda and affiliates. The US and its allies supported the UN's demand for an immediate investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. The State Department said it is "unable to conclusively determine [chemical weapons] use but has been "doing everything possible ... to nail down the facts." Pfc. Bradley Manning, who yesterday was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a vast trove of secret government information, today announced he was female and asked the military to assist with hormone therapy.
The Treasury Department added a senior Pakistan-based al Qaeda operative and a madrassa in the Pakistani city of Peshawar to its terrorist lists. The US Embassy in Yemen has reopened, but the US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan remains closed. The White House denied reports that US aid to Egypt had been cut off. A State Department review of the September 2012 Benghazi attack absolved four State Dept. officials of responsibility for security failures.