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The State Department offered rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest of Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari, or Seher Demir Sen, three leaders of the left-wing Turkish terrorist organization Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi, or DHKP/C). Visiting Algiers, Secretary of State Kerry said the US wants to provide increased security assistance, including intelligence-sharing, to Algeria "in order to defeat al Qaeda and other terrorist groups" in the region.
A shooter identified as Spec. Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., killing three people and wounding 16, and then killed himself; authorities said the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related but were not ruling anything out. The FBI yesterday confirmed it was looking for a recently discharged Army recruit named Booker, a.k.a. Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, who was said to be planning "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against US soldiers."
Russia's foreign minister said Secretary of State Kerry recently confirmed to him personally that the US is still opposed to providing antiaircraft weapons to rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria. A Senate Intelligence Committee report disputed the CIA's contention that "enhanced interrogation techniques" provided key information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
President Obama said a limited US military intervention in Syria would not have prevented the humanitarian crisis in the country. With regard to the decision not to launch military strikes in Syria last year, he said that "after a decade of war ... the United States has limits."
US intelligence and counterterrorism officials expressed concern that al Qaeda's central command is trying to establish bases and recruit fighters in Syria for attacks against the West. US military officials said North Korea has the capacity to fire missiles on short notice and the US lacks assets to conduct amphibious operations in the Pacific. In the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama called Russia "a regional power" and dismissed allegations that a perceived US retreat abroad had emboldened Russia. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a bin Laden son-in-law and al Qaeda propagandist, was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and conspiring to kill Americans.