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Pursuant to an FOIA request, the government released a list of several dozen Guantanamo prisoners slated for indefinite detention. Cliff Sloan was named the State Department's new Guantanamo Bay envoy, replacing Dan Fried, who left in January. At the G-8 meeting in Northern Ireland, President Obama and Russia's President Putin failed to agree on an approach to ending the Syrian conflict. The Pentagon announced plans to buy 30 helicopters from Russia for $572 million for use by Afghan security forces.
The Defense Department approved a request from Jordan to keep F-16 jets and Patriot missiles there after military exercises end this month. Russia warned that any attempt to use the equipment to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria would violate international law. A judge threw out Maj. Nidal Hasan's "defense of others" legal argument in his trial for the Fort Hood massacre. An unclassified government paper circulated today indicated that calls were searched for fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of records collected by the NSA in 2012.
The CIA is preparing to deliver arms and ammunition, but not heavy weapons, to the Syrian rebels by way of Turkey and Jordan. President Obama's deputy national security adviser said the US would not send troops to Syria, and would not send heavy weapons for fear they would fall into the hands of the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate. The US decision to help arm the rebels may indicate the US will no longer ask Qatar and Saudi Arabia to refrain from supplying the antitank and antiaircraft weapons sought by the rebels.