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Defense Secretary Hagel responded to France's request for "limited" US military assistance in the Central African Republic by offering to help transport Burundian soldiers to the CAR to participate in the UN peacekeeping force. Hagel told Pakistani officials that keeping supply lines open may be key to the continuance of military aid to Pakistan. Two extradited Londoners, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, pled guilty to running websites that helped send funding and fighters to terrorists abroad, including the Chechen mujahideen and the Afghan Taliban. A US official said the shipment of nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria has been suspended and the US is working with the Free Syrian Army to inventory current US supplies for the FSA in Syria.
President Obama said Iran was not likely to give up its nuclear program, and put the odds for successful international negotiations on the program at 50/50 at best. James Dobbins, the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, warned the Afghan government that failing to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement could lead to civil war in Afghanistan, and that in the absence of such an agreement, US troops had no reason to stay.
The top American commander in the Middle East said the US is willing to help Yemen apply needed pressure on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to deny the group ungoverned territory and thereby reduce its capability to export terror elsewhere. Intelligence officials and lawmakers expressed frustration that US efforts to bring about a dozen suspects to trial for the 2012 attack on the US Mission in Benghazi and the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens have stalled. Some national security analysts asserted that stricter rules of engagement over the past few years are partly responsible for a spike in US troop fatalities in Afghanistan. Extradited British terror suspects Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, who face US charges of running an international jihadist network, decided to plead guilty to providing material support to terrorists.
The US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction said the Pentagon's Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has not been able to track the flow of US funding for Afghan forces, which is handled by the Afghan finance ministry. The Pentagon announced that Noor Uthman Mohammed, a Sudanese detainee at Guantanamo, will soon be repatriated. Noor had served as a trainer and administrator at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Djamel Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem, two Algerian detainees who had asked not to be repatriated, were returned to Algeria.