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Meeting in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah yesterday, Secretary of State Kerry said the US would defend Saudi Arabia in the event of external attack, and offered to share information on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. In Poland today, Kerry promised the US would work with its friends to strike the right balance in its surveillance program. Defense Secretary Hagel said budgetary constraints and global security challenges mean the US military will shift to a "smaller, modern" force that is "globally active and engaged" from a larger, garrison force with older equipment.
After his first meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in nearly two years, President Obama said al Qaeda has recently become more active in Iraq. Al-Maliki asked Washington for military equipment and counterterrorism support. Obama said al Qaeda threatens not just Iraq and the region but also the US, but he did not specify the US response to Iraq's requests.