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The deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that the Syrian conflict could continue for years. He warned that al Qaeda in Iraq will emerge stronger as a result of the conflict, and said sooner or later the West will have to confront the growing radical Islamist elements in Syria. Gen. Dunford, head of Coalition operations in Afghanistan, criticized talk of a "zero option" in Afghanistan as "unhelpful." The US is shifting some of its drone aircraft to reconnaissance missions beyond traditional, declared combat zones. Terrorism charges were filed yesterday against Mokhtar Belmokhtar, head of the al Qaeda-linked Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, for the attack at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria.
The government is revising intelligence procedures in the wake of the Snowden affair to make sure all information is not accessible in one place, and to implement a "two-man rule." Shelton Thomas Bell, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a.k.a. Ansar al Sharia. Bell had trained for jihad with others, made jihadist recruitment propaganda, solicited others to travel with him to join AQIM, and tried to travel to Yemen with a juvenile to join AQIM.
The Arab League issued a statement endorsing Secretary of State Kerry's latest effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; Kerry did not reveal details of the proposals made to the Arab League. A dispute between the Afghan government and the US over taxation is slowing down the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. A federal appellate court upheld a law dealing with the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia. Emerson Begolly, 24, of Redbank Township, Pa., was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for promoting terrorist attacks over the Internet against US targets. Daniel Morley, a Boston area man who claimed to be an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been accused of threatening to blow up an airplane; he allegedly had materials for a pressure cooker bomb before the April 15 attacks. Secretary of Defense Hegel announced a 20 percent cut in top Pentagon staff for the period 2015-2019. Last week furloughs began for some 650,000 civilian Defense Dept. employees; $37 billion was slashed from defense spending this year.