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CENTCOM reported that the US and partner nations have carried out five airstrikes in Iraq and six in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. The Pentagon announced plans to deploy over 400 American trainers and hundreds more "enabling forces" to sites in Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia as early as March, where they will begin training Syrian rebel forces; partner nations in the US-led coalition are also expected to send trainers. The process of vetting "moderate" recruits is ongoing. The US and the UK agreed to work together to develop strategies to counter violent extremism; they also plan to conduct cybersecurity war games and to create a joint "cyber cell" to protect against malicious hacking.




CENTCOM said the US and partner nations have conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. Secretary of State Kerry said that the US and the UK are thinking of launching a special initiative to address the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries. The Obama administration has released Yemeni Guantanamo detainees Khadr al Yafi, Abd al Rahman Abdullah Abu Shabati, Fadil Husayn Salih Hintif, Mohammed al Khatib, and Qader; four went to Oman and Qader to Estonia.




The FBI arrested Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, Ohio, an Islamic State sympathizer who is suspected of planning to set off bombs targeting US lawmakers in Washington, DC. Authorities stepped up security at airports after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris and al Qaeda's publishing of a new bomb recipe; American, French, and British officials jointly canceled six US-bound flights from France, England, and Scotland on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 due to security concerns. US officials met with members of the Syrian "moderate political and armed opposition" over the past two days in Turkey to discuss the US program to train and equip Syrian rebels. Iraqi leaders urged the US to increase the tempo of the airstrikes on Islamic State positions and expand the training of Iraqi troops. US envoy John Allen said the Islamic State is "a global threat [that] demands a global response." After Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of Chicago, pled not guilty to trying to provide material support to a terrorist group, his mother said: "We have a message for ISIS, Mr. Baghdadi and his fellow social media recruiters" ..."Leave our children alone!"




CENTCOM reported that the US and partner nations have conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq and four in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. Gen. Austin, the commander of CENTCOM, said that the hackers who briefly took over its Twitter and YouTube accounts yesterday did not compromise the CENTCOM network or obtain classified information; he also said the FBI is investigating the incident.




Hackers purportedly from the Islamic State took over CENTCOM's Twitter feed and YouTube page for 30 minutes today, posting threats and information about military personnel. The US and partner nations have carried out 16 airstrikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. The White House admitted that a high-level US official should have been sent to participate in yesterday's huge protest in Paris against terrorism and attacks on freedom of speech. Officials are investigating claims that a US airstrike against an Islamic State facility in Al Bab, Syria on Dec. 28 killed 50 civilians. Pakistani officials told a US State Department delegation that Pakistan will not differentiate between "good" and "bad" Taliban.




The US and partner nations have conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq and 10 in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. Attorney General Holder announced that the White House will host an international security summit on Feb. 18 to "discuss ways in which we can counteract this violent extremism that exists around the world." Holder said that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula "remains the most dangerous of the al Qaeda cells that we are constantly focused on."




The US and partner nations have carried out six airstrikes in Iraq and five in Syria against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. Al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Hamza a.k.a. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, was sentenced to life in prison by a US federal court for crimes including his attempt to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. Military officials said the Pentagon will request $51 billion in war funding for next year, down from the $64 billion approved last year. The deputy commander for US forces in Afghanistan has said that US troops at the 23 remaining Forward Operating Bases in the country will still face risks even though they are no longer going on kill-and-capture missions.




The US and partner nations have conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq and six in Syria against the Islamic State since Dec. 6. The Pentagon announced plans to cease operations at 15 of its bases in Europe, including at Mildenhall airbase in the UK, in a cost-cutting move. A US intelligence official said that Said and Cherif Kouachi, two brothers suspected in yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris, were listed on the US government's no-fly database.




The Pentagon said US-led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State have hit 3,222 targets in Iraq and Syria since August, and that the total number of airstrikes since Aug. 8 is 1,676. President Obama condemned the terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris and offered US assistance to French authorities.




The US and partner nations have carried out 10 airstrikes in Syria and two in Iraq against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. The Assad regime accused US Senator John McCain of entering Syria illegally in June 2013 and meeting "with terrorist groups, including leaders of the Nusrah Front." The US promised to give 250 mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) to the Iraqi Army.




The US and partner nations have carried out 14 airstrikes in Syria and six in Iraq against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. The US military is considering whether to provide protective upgrades for the Iraqi Army's 140-plus tanks. In response to a recent suggestion by Afghanistan's president that the timeline for the US military's drawdown be revisited, the Pentagon said the current drawdown plan "remains in effect."




The US and partner nations have carried out six airstrikes in Syria and one in Iraq against the Islamic State since yesterday morning. A US drone strike today on the compound of a Taliban commander in North Waziristan, Pakistan killed at least eight foreign militants, reportedly including a "high-value target."




A US appellate court denied requests by the attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the trial and move it out of Boston. Abu Anas al Libi a.k.a. Nazih Abdul Hamed al Ruqai, a senior al Qaeda operative and suspect in the 1998 US embassy bombings, has died in the US less than two weeks before his trial was to begin in New York. A co-defendant, Khaled al Fawwaz, faces trial on Jan. 12.




The US and partner nations carried out 29 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and 23 in Iraq on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. US prosecutors asked that convicted al Qaeda-linked terrorist Abu Hamza be sentenced to life in prison. The Obama administration imposed sanctions on several North Korean officials and groups for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures.




The US and partner nations have conducted 14 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and 11 in Iraq since Dec. 30. The US has transferred five Guantanamo detainees to Kazakhstan. They are Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, and Sabri Mohammad al Qurash, all Yemenis; and Adel Al-Hakeemy and Abdallah Bin Ali al Lufti, who are Tunisian. US troops in Iraq have begun training Iraqi forces, aiming to turn out 5,000 trainees every six weeks. The Pentagon confirmed that Tahliil Abdishakur, head of Shabaab's intelligence and security wing, was killed in a Dec. 29 US airstrike in Somalia.




The US and partner nations carried out eight airstrikes in Iraq and seven in Syria against the Islamic State. US and Somali officials confirmed that a US airstrike yesterday in Somalia killed Abdishakur a.k.a. Tahliil, the head of Shabaab's Amniyat, or secret service, along with another militant. The Treasury Department levied sanctions on nine individuals and entities in Iran. The US military is planning to station 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe, possibly in Poland, Romania, or the Baltic states, for the training of US forces.




The US and partner nations carried out 12 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and six against the group in Iraq. The US launched an airstrike in southern Somalia targeting a senior Shabaab leader. The State Department criticized a draft resolution on statehood that the Palestinians are planning to submit to the UN. Although the US' combat mission in Afghan is formally over, Secretary of Defense Hagel has said that the US military will provide "limited combat enabler support" to Afghan forces starting in January.




The US formally ended the 13-year International Security Assistance Force combat mission in Afghanistan, marking the event with a ceremony in Kabul. Some 13,000 Coalition troops will remain in Afghanistan for NATO's Resolute Support training mission. The US and partner nations carried out five airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and eight against the group in Syria.




The US and partner nations carried out six airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and six more in Iraq. President Obama claimed that Afghanistan will no longer be a source of terrorist attacks.




CENTCOM reported that since Dec. 24, the US and partner nations have conducted at least 26 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and 22 in Iraq. The US military said the Islamic State did not down a Jordanian plane, as it had claimed, but that the plane crashed for other reasons.


 
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