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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.
Officials arrested US citizen Marcos Alonso Zea a.k.a. Ali Zea, at his home in Brentwood, New York, and indicted him on terror charges for trying to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, supporting the efforts of convicted terrorist Justin Kaliebe to join AQAP, and attempting to hide evidence from US investigators. Court documents disclosed that Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, a Los Angeles man arrested last week trying to join al Qaeda, had already fought alongside rebel forces in Syria and was on his way to Pakistan. The Pentagon has asked for approval to sell $10.8 billion in weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, including 6,000 GBU-39/B Small Diameter "bunker buster" bombs, and nearly 1,000 "smart bombs" that use GPS systems to fire from fighter jets.