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Secretary of State Kerry said the US will provide $40 million over a three-year period to the Philippines, to be split between the Philippines Coast Guard for maritime security and the Philippines National Police for counterterrorism efforts. He reiterated that the US does not recognize China's recently claimed air defense zone over the East China Sea. Kerry also denied that the US had met with the Islamic Front in Syria but said it could happen. The Senate voted to confirm Jeh Johnson as head of the Department of Homeland Security, to replace Janet Napolitano, who resigned in August. A new US military unit assumed command of the NATO Patriot missile batteries in Gazientep, Turkey.
A federal judge in Manhattan has ordered that Abu Anas al Libi, a.k.a. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, will be tried along with Khaled Al Fawwaz and Adel Abdel Bary in November 2014. The judge said he would consider having two separate juries, one for al Libi and the other for Fawwaz and Bary. US officials admitted that they may never know the extent of classified material taken by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
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.