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The State Department's latest annual Country Reports on Terrorism said a growing number of terrorist groups are threatening the US, and noted a 43% increase in the number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2013 from 2012. A Pentagon report said the number of high-profile insurgent attacks in Afghanistan rose by 43% between October 2013 and March 2014.
The US offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Li Fangwei a.k.a. Karl Lee, who is accused of providing missile parts to Iran, and sanctioned eight of his companies. He faces charges of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, money laundering, wire fraud, and conspiracy.
Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said "Syria has become a matter of homeland security"; US authorities worry that Syrian foreign fighters will travel through Europe and then conduct attacks in the US. He also warned that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is "very active." Youssef al Khattab a.k.a. Joseph Leonard Cohen, a Muslim convert and founder of the radical Islamist group Revolution Muslim in the US in 2007, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for using the group's website to encourage attacks on Jewish groups and individuals in the US. The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to an antiterrorism law. The Pentagon plans to destroy $1.2 billion worth of ammunition; some of it is usable but cannot be identified due to Pentagon inventory problems.
The US and the Philippines agreed to sign a 10-year pact giving US forces temporary access to certain military camps, including perhaps Subic Bay, and also the ability to preposition ships and fighter jets. The Pentagon is reportedly devising three alternative budget plans for US forces in Afghanistan in 2015: for zero troops; for 5,000 troops; and for 10,000 troops.
Authorities unsealed an indictment charging Harold Rinko, of Hallstead, Penn.; and brothers Ahmad Feras Diri, of London, and Moawea Deri, a Syrian citizen who is at large; with illegally shipping chemical warfare equipment to Syria over a nine-year period from 2003 until November 2012. A federal court found again that Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism was liable for the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. An Army investigation of the killing of a State Department employee in Afghanistan in April 2013 faulted State for poor planning and divulging too much information about her itinerary.
The State Department said it had received indications that chlorine gas was used in an attack in Syria this month, which the US is investigating with the assistance of the UN and the OPCW. A court ordered the Justice Department to release parts of a classified document that provided justification for the killing of al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki. The US has agreed to give up its supervision of domain names on the Internet. Obama administration officials are considering leaving a residual US military force in Afghanistan of fewer than 5,000 troops, less than half the minimum recommended by General Joe Dunford, the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The US has begun supplying advanced antitank weapons to supposedly moderate Syrian rebel groups such as the Harakat Hazm, which works with the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, whose leader has admitted to sharing weapons with al Qaeda's Al Nusrah Front. Defense Secretary Hagel said the US military will keep an enhanced presence in Poland through the rest of this year.