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The US added three of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's West African brigades to its lists of terrorist organizations: the al-Mulathameen Brigade, the al Mua'qi'oon Biddam [the Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade], and the al-Murabitoon Brigade. The US also added added Usamah Amin al Shihabi, the head of the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon, to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Guantanamo detainees Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were transferred to Saudi Arabia on Dec. 16. The FBI added Ahmad Abousamra, a Syrian man from Boston, Mass., to its most-wanted list; the alleged co-conspirator with convicted terrorist Terek Mehanna sought terrorist training overseas with the aim of killing US soldiers, and may now be in Aleppo, Syria. The US is urging the UN to condemn violence in Syria. The US ambassador to Syria called the Islamic Front's recent takeover of facilities and weapons belonging to the Syrian rebels' Supreme Military Council "an extremely negative development" but said the US is willing to talk with the Islamic Front.
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.