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The US is examining claims by Kenyan authorities that Americans were involved in the Shabaab massacre at a Nairobi mall. Donald John Sachtleben, a former FBI employee, agreed to plead guilty to leaking national defense information about terrorist plots to the Associated Press; during the yearlong investigation, the Justice Department secretly obtained records from numerous phone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists.
The FBI and US intelligence authorities are investigating whether any Americans are part of the Shabaab assault team that attacked a Nairobi mall. US citizen Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 23, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for lying to the FBI about his attempts to join the Taliban or al Qaeda. He was an acquaintance of Adis Medunjanin, who along with several others was guilty of plotting to bomb New York subways.
A district court judge accepted the guilty plea of former Pfc. Eric Harroun to the lesser charge of conspiring to violate arms-control laws and sentenced him to time served. Harroun, who has admitted to fighting with the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front in Syria, had also been accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiring to use destructive devices overseas. The White House said it is ready to engage in talks with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program: it is also telling Israeli officials the US will judge Iran by its actions, not its words.
Secretary of State Kerry said the time for debate has passed as the UN report on the Aug. 21 gas attack in Damascus contained "several crucial details that confirmed that the Assad regime is guilty," and urged the UN Security Council to pass "a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism" to rapidly achieve the goal of completely removing Syria's chemical weapons. Human rights advocates have asked the US to arrest President Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges, if he comes to the US for the UN General Assembly next week.
The administration appeared to back off from the demand that the Assad regime provide a full and complete list of its chemical weapons arsenal by Sept. 21, and said "forward momentum" is the goal. The head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee questioned why none of the terrorists who attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi last year have been arrested, and why no State Department officials have been fired or disciplined despite formal findings that State had failed to provide adequate security and some diplomatic security officials had shown poor leadership.