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Recently disclosed secret US and Pakistani documents on drone strikes in Pakistan indicate substantial information-sharing by the US and some direct cooperation by Pakistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama for a clarification on reports that the US may have monitored her mobile phone. A federal prosecutor said al Qaeda operative and terror suspect Abu Anas al Libi, a.k.a. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, implicated himself while aboard a Navy ship after being advised of his Miranda rights.
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warned that al Qaeda is developing a safe haven in Syria along the Iraqi border, where it is planning attacks against the West, much as al Qaeda did in Afghanistan. He said there are now over 10,000 "committed" al Qaeda members in eastern Syria, more than the number of foreign fighters in Iraq during the US occupation. A Turkish news report claimed that a US official said the distribution of nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels has been suspended as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham now controls the Turkish border gate at Azaz. It also alleged that the Obama administration began disengaging with the Syrian rebels on Oct. 2, laying down conditions for the continuation of aid.
The US has quietly begun releasing $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan; most military aid had been frozen for much of the past two years due to strained relations. The Pentagon said it will not renew its lease for the Manas base in Kyrgyzstan next year, so starting in July 2014 US military flights in and out of Afghanistan will transit through Romania instead.