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Defense Secretary Hagel said North Korea's recent actions constitute a "clear and present danger." In a formal declaration, North Korea said today it had "ratified" an attack on the US involving possibly a "diversified nuclear strike." The Pentagon announced its plans to send a ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the next few weeks. The US is speeding up its training of the Syrian rebels.




US, Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition




Afghan Spy Chief Returns Home




After Benghazi, Marines approved for crisis response force




US accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression




What the Iraq war taught me about Syria




Obama image machine whirs as press access narrows




Top ISAF commander General Dunford said conditions in Afghanistan are not yet such that "al Qaeda and other international extremist groups will not be able to conduct attacks on the West." Defense Secretary Hagel is expected to announce significant cuts to defense spending. The US deployed F-22 stealth bombers to take part in defensive military drills in South Korea.




Karzai Softens on Taliban Ahead of Doha Office Opening




A Wary Easter Weekend for Christians in Syria




Inside Obama's Syria Debate




US commandos hand over troubled area to Afghans




'Legal help to Hafiz Saeed will strengthen Indian allegations'




Authorities say cyberattacks against US financial targets are increasingly bent on destruction rather than espionage. A New York court convicted Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a 23-year-old Palestinian, of lying to FBI agents about his plans to travel to Pakistan to join the Taliban. An al Qaeda admirer, Shehadeh also ran several jihadist websites.




NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels




Ten years after Iraq war began, Iran reaps the gains




American who fought for Al Nusrah Front arrested in US

Eric-Harroun.jpgThe FBI arrested Eric Harroun two days ago at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. Harroun admitted to fighting with al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.


US Army veteran Eric Harroun was arrested and charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, an RPG, for the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affilate. A judge sentenced Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, an Eritrean, to nine years in prison followed by deportation, for supporting Shabaab. The US flew two stealth bombers over South Korea in a show of deterrent force to North Korea.




Kerry Hears Afghan Fears From Women in Business




The US military is planning to add 14-man Marine special operations teams to ships carrying Marine Expeditionary Units to provide rapid responses in emergency situations. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, a Muslim convert formerly named Joseph Anthony Davis, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for plotting with accomplice Walli Mujahidh to attack a south Seattle military processing center on a busy Monday with automatic weapons and grenades.