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Mar 31, 2015

One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency’s gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism.

The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured.

Mar 27, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen’s Houthis: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where the Shi’ite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited but that U.S. intelligence assessments had concluded that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel were training and equipping Houthi units.

Mar 24, 2015

Exclusive – Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving
heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its
border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the
risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the
worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed
Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa
in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend
as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving
heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its
border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the
risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the
worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed
Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa
in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend
as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-backed
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. to stop collecting bulk phone data if spying law expires

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies
in June will stop bulk collection of data on calls by U.S.
telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorizing
the spying, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The disclosure that the National Security Agency was
collecting metadata generated by domestic telephone users was
one of the most controversial revelations made by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden nearly two years ago.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. to stop collecting bulk phone data if Congress lets law expire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies in June will stop bulk collection of data documenting calls by U.S. telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorizing the spying, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The disclosure that the National Security Agency was collecting metadata generated by domestic telephone users was one of the most controversial revelations made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden nearly two years ago.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about the growing presence and influence of the Syria-based Islamic State movement in Libya, according to U.S. officials and a State Department report.

The officials said what they called “senior” Islamic State leaders had traveled to the country, which is whacked by civil war, to help recruit and organize militants, particularly in the cities of Derna and Sirte.

Mar 19, 2015

Assange likely to remain in embassy pending U.S. Wikileaks probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely to remain at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has taken refuge as long as U.S. authorities pursue a criminal investigation of his anti-secrecy group, one of his lawyers said.

Speculation rose that he might leave the embassy after Swedish authorities last week offered to question him there over allegations of sexual misconduct, dropping their insistence that he go to Stockholm for questioning about a 2010 incident.