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US designates Deputy Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad

In its designation, the State Department noted that Iran is a key backer of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In addition, the State Department noted the increase in cooperation between PIJ and Hamas.

For US forces, delivering peacekeepers to the CAR is no easy task

At the Geneva II talks on Syria, Secretary of State Kerry said "parallel efforts" will be made during the talks to find other ways to pressure the Assad regime. Kerry also revived the idea that Iran could be part of the negotiations. The Navy is seeking more shore-based, localized solutions to the problem of piracy in African waters. The Pentagon adopted a new policy giving service members wider latitude for the manifestation of "sincerely held beliefs" in dress, grooming, and other matters.

Syria Talks Open with Acrimony and Testy Exchanges

Afghanistan cracks down on commercials that favor US troops

France to bolster military presence in Africa

Top American and Russian officials discussed security cooperation during the Sochi Olympics. The Navy said air and naval assets, including two warships in the Black Sea, will be available during the Olympics in case they are needed for contingency operations resulting from a terrorist attack. US military officials are urging the Obama administration to consider keeping 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 and drawing that number down to near zero by the end of Obama's term; they say fewer troops will be insufficient for security purposes and thus the only other option would be a full pullout at the end of this year.

Former NATO commander warns of wider war in Middle East

US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

US Offers Russia High-Tech Aid to Thwart Sochi Terror

Pakistan 'disappointed' with US aid being linked to Shakil Afridi's detention

Geneva deal doesn't stop Iran's bid for a bomb: Israel

Despite concerns about terrorism at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, heightened by the release of a threatening video by Islamist militants, the US is sending a relatively small security contingent to the games. The US wants the UN to disinvite Iran to the Geneva II peace talks unless Iran endorses the Syrian transition plan adopted at the Geneva I talks.

Afghan Senate Repeats Calls for BSA Signing

Afghan Taliban reject US call for peace talks

Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the US' call for the group to "put down their arms and begin peace talks," a request that was made just one day after a Taliban suicide assault team killed 21 people, including two Americans, at a restaurant in Kabul.

A federal judge ruled that Basit Sheikh, a North Carolina man arrested in November for trying to join the Al Nusrah Front in Syria, should face trial in July; prosecutors have asked for additional time to provide intelligence data to defense attorneys without compromising classified information. A Pentagon official said the US is planning to train Iraqi counterterrorism troops in a third country. Vice President Biden is pushing for a minimal to zero US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014, a number lower than the 9,000 to 12,000 preferred by some US military officials. A recent expert analysis of a rocket used in the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack in Damascus concluded that it could well have been used by rebels, not the Assad government as claimed by the US.

Marine killed in Afghanistan is awarded Navy Cross

New analysis of rocket in Syria chemical attack undercuts US claims

With Afghan drawdown ongoing, US to set up center in Bahrain to continue anti-drug efforts

Newly declassified documents show that the US military has been prevented from hunting down those who attacked the US Mission in Benghazi in 2012 because the Authorization for Use of Military Force restricts targeting to those with proven links to "core al Qaeda." Secretary of State Kerry urged Syrian rebel groups to attend the Geneva II peace talks. The US is planning to establish an intelligence center in Bahrain to continue fighting the drug trade after US operations in Afghanistan wind down. Republican lawmakers expressed concerns about the Obama administration's decision to keep secret the text of the recent deal with Iran, after Tehran bragged that it allows Iran to preserve the structure of its nuclear program.