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President Obama is planning a further reduction in US troop levels in Afghanistan, drawing down to 9,800 by the end of this year, diminishing to half that by the end of 2015, and leaving just embassy staff by late 2016. If no agreement regarding status of forces is reached with Afghanistan, there is a possibility that all US troops will be withdrawn. The Obama administration is also considering authorizing a US military mission to train allegedly moderate Syrian rebels. US special operations teams are currently training and equipping counterterrorism forces in Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The US has deployed a warship with about 1,000 Marines to the coast of Libya in case Americans need to be evacuated from the country.
President Obama said 80 US troops have been deployed to Chad to aid in the search for over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. About 50 US security experts already in Nigeria have been also helping with the hunt.
The Justice Department chose not to appeal against disclosure of a redacted version of a legal memo justifying the use of drone strikes to kill US citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. A Marine crisis response team has been sent to Sicily for possible deployment in evacuating US officials from Libya. Over 6,000 US troops will participate in the fourth annual Eager Lion military exercise in Jordan this week.
FBI Director James Comey admitted to underestimating the strength of al Qaeda's offshoots in Africa and the Middle East, and said the FBI should continue to focus primarily on combating terrorism. The Justice Department filed cyber-espionage charges against five members of the Chinese military. Al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Hamza was found guilty of all 11 terrorism counts against him and may face a life term at his September sentencing.