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Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian who once played professional soccer, was extradited to the US to face charges for plotting with al Qaeda to blow up a NATO base in Belgium. He already served 10 years in a Belgian prison, and was indicted by the US in 2006. The US and Japan agreed to modernize their defense alliance. The US sanctioned Central African Republic, Rwanda, Sudan, Burma, and Syria for their use of child soldiers, but gave waivers to several other countries. A memo from the Attorney General said Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev is a committed terrorist who was inspired by al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki and destroyed evidence after the bombing.
Despite the government shutdown, active duty US military personnel remain on duty. Sabirhan Hasanoff, who pled guilty to plotting with al Qaeda to attack the New York Stock Exchange, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. A military judge decided not to pause proceedings for 9/11 defendants whose lawyers alleged concerns about confidentiality of government computer networks.
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.