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The US delivered 75 Hellfire missiles to Iraq last week, and is providing unarmed reconnaissance drones and other equipment, as well as targeting assistance by the CIA, to help the Maliki government cope with security challenges posed by al Qaeda. Kidnapped US contractor Warren Weinstein, who has been held by al Qaeda in Pakistan since August 2011, appeared in an al Qaeda video asking the Obama administration to negotiate for his release. Sam Rafic Ghanem, a Lebanese owner of a shipping company, was arrested for trying to send weapons and optic devices to Lebanon.
US military officials said 150 Marines and a complement of Ospreys and KC-130s are being moved from Spain to the Horn of Africa in light of increasing tensions in South Sudan, in addition to the 45 members of a military rapid response team deployed to the region last week. The US is backing an urgent UN Security Council resolution calling for an increase in the number of UN peacekeeping troops to 12,000.
The US added two new terrorism charges against Osama bin Laden son-in-law Abu Ghaith. Balwinder Singh, of Reno, Nev., was arrested and charged with providing support to two terrorist organizations, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), which aim to establish an independent Sikh state in India. A federal judge ruled that Terry Lee Loewen, who is suspected of plotting a terrorist bombing of a Wichita airport, must stay in jail until his trial. US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the US will send military liaisons to the Central African Republic to help train African Union peacekeeping forces, along with additional humanitarian aid to the strife-torn country.
The US transferred two Sudanese detainees, Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, from Guantanamo to Sudan. Both men are linked to al Qaeda; Idris, who swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, was one of the first detainees at Guantanamo. The White House warned that President Obama would veto proposed new sanctions on Iran.
The US added three of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's West African brigades to its lists of terrorist organizations: the al-Mulathameen Brigade, the al Mua'qi'oon Biddam [the Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade], and the al-Murabitoon Brigade. The US also added added Usamah Amin al Shihabi, the head of the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon, to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Guantanamo detainees Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were transferred to Saudi Arabia on Dec. 16. The FBI added Ahmad Abousamra, a Syrian man from Boston, Mass., to its most-wanted list; the alleged co-conspirator with convicted terrorist Terek Mehanna sought terrorist training overseas with the aim of killing US soldiers, and may now be in Aleppo, Syria. The US is urging the UN to condemn violence in Syria. The US ambassador to Syria called the Islamic Front's recent takeover of facilities and weapons belonging to the Syrian rebels' Supreme Military Council "an extremely negative development" but said the US is willing to talk with the Islamic Front.