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Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized US citizen from Somalia, was found guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. He had been arrested by undercover agents posing as al Qaeda operatives. The US Ambassador to Pakistan said the Taliban can be part of Afghanistan's future if they end violence, break ties with al Qaeda, and accept the Afghan constitution.
The US signed a status of forces agreement with Niger, to allow for an increased US military presence in the country as well as the establishment of drone bases and other facilities to monitor the rising Islamist threat in north Africa. Senator John Kerry was confirmed as the new Secretary of State.
The US military plans to establish an additional drone base in Africa, most likely in Niger, for better surveillance of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and affiliated groups in Africa's northwest. The State Department closed the office that worked on shutting Guantanamo and repatriating detainees.
The Defense Department warned that threatened budget cuts would adversely affect the war in Afghanistan. The cuts, due in March, would reduce the productivity of the Pentagon's civilian employees and have the secondary effect of eroding the fitness of the combat force. Hackers attacked the website of the Justice Department's Sentencing Commission.
The US added a wanted Saudi al Qaeda leader, Abu Maryam al Zahrani, to its list of designated terrorists. David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-born US citizen who helped the Lashkar-e-Taiba carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Pentagon released a timeline of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. At the request of Pakistan, China, and Russia, the UN has launched an investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings.
Defense Secretary Panetta decided to overturn a 1994 Pentagon rule barring women from serving in combat. Secretary of State Clinton said the US faces "a spreading jihadist threat" from "a global movement." She could not confirm whether there was a link between the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the recent siege of the Algerian gas field.