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The government filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden, who leaked top-secret information about NSA surveillance programs, and asked Hong Kong to detain him. Reports have emerged that the CIA and US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels in Turkey and Jordan since November. The US is considering supplying antitank weapons to the rebels.
Secretary of State Kerry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concerns were justifiable after he pulled out of planned peace talks with the Taliban. Former investigators of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York want to reopen the case as new evidence suggests the cause may have been a missile strike, not malfunctioning equipment. FBI Director Mueller acknowledged that the agency uses some drones for surveillance in the US. The FBI offered a reward for information about the 2008 bombing of a military recruiting station in Times Square.
President Obama called the opening of the Taliban's office in Qatar a first step toward Afghan reconciliation. The US has withdrawn the precondition that the Taliban sever ties with al Qaeda, and will begin peace talks with the Taliban on June 20. The US transferred primary security responsibility for all of Afghanistan to Afghan forces. The head of the NSA said he would provide Congress with details of 50 cases of terrorist activity thwarted by means of the NSA's electronic records program, including an al Qaeda-linked plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.