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Two senior Marine Corps commanders were ordered to take early retirement as a disciplinary measure for failing to provide for adequate security at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province last year, where a Taliban attack killed two US Marines and damaged over $200 million worth of military aircraft. One the commanders, General Gurganus, had repeatedly asked for reinforcements prior to the attack but his requests had been denied.
The UN Security Council approved a resolution on the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal. President Obama spoke with Iranian president Rouhani on the telephone about Iran's nuclear program. US officials said Iran recently hacked unclassified US Navy computers. Terrorism charges were filed against Nigerian citizen Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi for providing material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; he allegedly trained in Yemen, recruited operatives, and helped publish al Qaeda's magazine Inspire. The US and Turkey are establishing a fund to support programs to counter jihadist ideology at local levels in countries such as Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen; other contributors to the fund are the EU, Britain, Canada, Qatar, and Denmark.
The five permanent Security Council members reached on agreement on Syria's chemical weapons that would be enforceable by Chapter VII measures, including military force; the compromise agreement provides that the decision to use military force would be subject to Security Council debate. Secretary of State Kerry held talks with his Iranian counterpart. Officials said two Uighur former Guantanamo detainees who were settled in El Salvador in 2012 have left the country. A federal watchdog agency said the FBI has been using drones for domestic surveillance since 2006.
Authorities acknowledged that the theft of US military equipment from a US Special Forces base in Libya is more serious than previously reported; dozens of armored GMV vehicles are missing, along with hundreds of weapons and most of the night-vision goggles. Alway Pouryan, a US citizen, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring along with co-defendant Oded Orbach to acquire and provide antiaircraft missiles to the Taliban.
President Obama told the UN that the US will stay engaged in the Middle East and North Africa, with "all elements of our power, including military force," to ensure the free flow of energy from the region, dismantle terrorist networks, and forbid the use of chemical weapons or WMD. He also called for "consequences" if Syria fails to abide by the US-Russian deal to surrender its chemical weapons. The US and Russia have not yet agreed on a draft UN resolution on Syria's chemical weapons; Russia objects to the inclusion of a threat of military force. President Obama announced increased humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and countries affected by the Syrian conflict. US officials are sending law-enforcement equipment to Nairobi.