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The Medal of Honor was awarded to former Army captain William Swenson, for heroic action at the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009. In federal court in Manhattan, Anas al Libi, a.k.a. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, pled not guilty to terrorism charges relating to al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 224 people were killed.
Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi, who was recently captured in Libya, has been transferred from a Navy ship to the US for trial in New York. Jason Woodring, of Jacksonville, Ark., has been arrested for recent attacks on the Arkansas power grid. The Obama administration loosened controls over arms exports, shifting oversight on a number of categories from the State Department to the Commerce Department.
Secretary of State Kerry is meeting in Kabul with Afghanistan's president to try to reach an agreement on US troop presence in the country after 2014; President Obama has said that if no deal is reached by Oct. 31, the US will withdraw all troops by the end of 2014. Two New York City men face charges of trying to support terrorist acts; Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, a Pakistani national, and Ismael Alsarabbi, a naturalized citizen from Kuwait, were arrested after a two-year investigation showing their intent to provide winter gear for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen a.k.a. Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, of Garden Grove, Calif., was charged with trying to support al Qaeda; he was arrested while en route to Mexico. Investigators discovered that the CIA warned in 2009 about NSA leaker Edward Snowden after he sought unauthorized access to classified files.
The Obama administration is curtailing some of the annual $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt; the "recalibration" is said to be temporary. Arab and Israeli allies expressed concern that the move indicates US disengagement from the region as part of the administration's 'pivot' to Asia. The FBI is investigating three recent attacks on the Arkansas power grid.