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Obama image machine whirs as press access narrows




Top ISAF commander General Dunford said conditions in Afghanistan are not yet such that "al Qaeda and other international extremist groups will not be able to conduct attacks on the West." Defense Secretary Hagel is expected to announce significant cuts to defense spending. The US deployed F-22 stealth bombers to take part in defensive military drills in South Korea.




Karzai Softens on Taliban Ahead of Doha Office Opening




A Wary Easter Weekend for Christians in Syria




Inside Obama's Syria Debate




US commandos hand over troubled area to Afghans




'Legal help to Hafiz Saeed will strengthen Indian allegations'




Authorities say cyberattacks against US financial targets are increasingly bent on destruction rather than espionage. A New York court convicted Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a 23-year-old Palestinian, of lying to FBI agents about his plans to travel to Pakistan to join the Taliban. An al Qaeda admirer, Shehadeh also ran several jihadist websites.




NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels




Ten years after Iraq war began, Iran reaps the gains




American who fought for Al Nusrah Front arrested in US

Eric-Harroun.jpgThe FBI arrested Eric Harroun two days ago at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. Harroun admitted to fighting with al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.


US Army veteran Eric Harroun was arrested and charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, an RPG, for the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affilate. A judge sentenced Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, an Eritrean, to nine years in prison followed by deportation, for supporting Shabaab. The US flew two stealth bombers over South Korea in a show of deterrent force to North Korea.




Kerry Hears Afghan Fears From Women in Business




The US military is planning to add 14-man Marine special operations teams to ships carrying Marine Expeditionary Units to provide rapid responses in emergency situations. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, a Muslim convert formerly named Joseph Anthony Davis, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for plotting with accomplice Walli Mujahidh to attack a south Seattle military processing center on a busy Monday with automatic weapons and grenades.




Stalemate to continue: Taliban rule out talks with Karzai during Qatar visit




The Justice Department unsealed a guilty plea today by Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Shabaab leader and coordinator between Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He pled guilty in December 2011 to nine US terrorism charges after being arrested in April 2011 and interrogated.




Backing up Obama's warnings to Syria creates tough challenges on two fronts




US Cedes Control, Almost, on Afghan Prisoners




Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With CIA Aid




Syrian with ties to 9/11 hijackers still in US, virtually immune from deportation