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Intelligence Director James Clapper said Islamist extremist groups have influence beyond their numbers in Syria and are present "in 13 of the 14 provinces." He predicted that sectarian strife will persist even if the Assad regime falls. The US is considering increasing its aid to the Syrian rebels. The Defense Intelligence Agency assessed that North Korea has the capability to launch nuclear missiles but their reliability is doubtful. Penalties were imposed on various entities for evading Iranian sanctions by money laundering.
The US assistant secretary of defense for special operations said the current UN-backed ECOWAS force in Mali is "completely incapable" and that the al Qaeda-linked militants would try to regroup in Mali once the French forces left. Much of the al Qaeda leadership that had been based in Mali has escaped, he added. US troops in South Korea increased vigilance and monitoring amid reports that North Korea might launch a mid-range missile soon.
A federal judge in New York City moved the trial of former Osama bin Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith to Jan. 7, after public defenders complained that budget cuts made an autumn 2013 trial too difficult for them to manage. A federal judge in Virginia ruled on April 8 that US Army veteran Eric Harroun, who has acknowledged fighting with the designated Syrian terrorist group Al Nusrah Front, will be kept in custody.
President Obama authorized the provision of military aid to Somalia, signaling a move toward more normal relations. Attorneys for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and former spokesman for the al Qaeda emir, may seek to move the trial out of New York City. Walli Mujahidh, a co-conspirator in a plot to attack a south Seattle military processing center, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Afghan forces would be in the lead throughout Afghanistan by May or June, and that it will be up to them to determine whether areas currently contested by the Taliban revert to Afghan control. He also said he had grave concerns that the Syrian conflict could drag on for years.