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Apr 22, 2015

Democrats blast U.S. House Benghazi probe as out to get Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats on Wednesday criticized a Republican-led probe of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as a political assault on Hillary Clinton, citing a possible delay in its final report until 2016, while a related State Department letter seen by Reuters stoked further controversy.

The letter described the investigating committee’s “top priority” as collecting Clinton’s emails about Benghazi, a disclosure likely to fuel Democratic complaints that the focus reflects a desire to undermine her campaign for president.

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. Republicans move to extend spies’ power to collect phone data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a move likely to re-ignite public debate in America over electronic spying, Republicans have introduced a bill in the Senate to extend a controversial law empowering the government’s bulk collection of U.S. telephone records.

President Barack Obama and many in Congress want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national security tool but want substantial changes in the program, which was secret until disclosed two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Apr 21, 2015

Congress to probe sex parties for possible leaks of U.S. drug agents’ secrets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Armed with once-confidential documents, a U.S. congressional committee will investigate whether agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration divulged secrets at sex parties that drug lords in Colombia may have staged to elicit sensitive information.

A spokeswoman for the Republican majority at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the leaks inquiry would also examine the bureaucratic culture and leadership at the DEA and other Justice Department investigative agencies.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. Somali recruiter not dead, still active in Syria: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali-American who joined Islamic State as a fighter is alive and still trying to recruit young men from Minnesota to join him, law enforcement officials and a Somali community leader said, despite a report that he might have been killed in Syria.

Abdi Nur, 20, who left Minneapolis for Syria last year, is frequently in touch online with young Somalis in Minnesota to try to entice them to join IS, Twin Cities Somali community elder Omar Jamal said.

Apr 17, 2015

Ohio man pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

By Mary Wisniewski and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – An Ohio man who trained with Islamic militants
in Syria pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Columbus federal
court to charges of supporting terrorism and making false
statements, court documents said.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, a naturalized American, had
been instructed by a Muslim cleric to return to the United
States and carry out an act of terrorism, a federal indictment
said.

Apr 16, 2015

Ohio man who trained with Islamic militants charged with supporting terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Columbus, Ohio, man who trained with Islamic militants in Syria has been arrested and charged with supporting terrorism and making false statements, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, a naturalized American, had been instructed by a Muslim cleric to return to the United States and carry out an act of terrorism, a federal indictment said.

Apr 10, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide more information about potential targets in the kingdom’s air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi forces.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The United States is
expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide
more information about potential targets in the kingdom’s air
campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told
Reuters.

The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless
air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have
largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi
forces.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. online ban of militant Muslim preacher ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.

Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal district court in Detroit told Reuters that probation constraints that a federal judge ordered last summer on imam Ahmad Musa Jebril expired last week.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. closing in on recommendation to remove Cuba from state terrorism list

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department is
closing in on a decision to recommend removal of Cuba from its
list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, days before
President Barack Obama attends a regional summit with his Cuban
counterpart Raul Castro.

Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic
breakthrough with Havana on Dec. 17 and has vowed to act quickly
once he receives the recommendation, which would mark a major
move toward ending five decades of estrangement.