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A judge handed down sentences to several Somali men associated with the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab. Yesterday Kamal Said Hassan, who participated in an ambush of Ethiopian troops, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; and Mahamud Said Omar, a key Shabaab recruiter, to 20 years in prison. Today Abdifatah Yusuf Isse and Salah Osman Ahmed, who attended a Shabab training camp, were each sentenced to three years in prison; Omer Abdi Mohamed, a Shabaab recruiter, to 12 years; and Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, who funded jihadist travel to Somalia, to three years. Three more people will be sentenced this week in related cases.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of Associated Press phone records in an investigation likely tied to the disclosure of a foiled al Qaeda plot in May 2012. Federal officials warned about a new wave of cyberattacks originating in the Middle East that are primarily targeting the administrative systems of major US energy companies; in a new development, the attacks appear designed for sabotage, not espionage.
White House documents show that the administration's talking points on the September 2012 Benghazi attack were revised 12 times and scrubbed of references to CIA warnings and the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia group that perpetrated the attack. The US penalized additional entities for violating Iran sanctions. Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already a jihadist when he traveled to Russia in 2012, according to his cousin Magomed Kartashov, a leading Dagestani Salafist. Al Qaeda sympathizer Ahmed Abassi, who faces charges in a plot to bomb a passenger train, also had proposed poisoning US air and water.
Tunisian national Ahmed Abassi was indicted on visa fraud charges related to an alleged al Qaeda plot to bomb a passenger train traveling between Canada and the US. Three State Deptartment officials with firsthand knowledge of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi testified that the administration should have done more to prevent the attack, to mitigate its severity, and to recognize its nature. The Boston police commissioner testified that his department was not aware of the Russian warning or the FBI inquiry on bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the Boston Marathon attack.