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Turkey is keeping a wary eye out for Syrian attacks. "We are now at a more alert position", Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday. Reuters is reporting as well, Davutoglu says, "Turkey will take whatever measures necessary within the framework of its own strategic interests". He said, Turkey has put its armed forces on alert to guard against threats from Syria as Western allies weigh possible military action against President Bashar al-Assad.
Reuters is reporting that "former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead a major review of the Pentagon's organizational structure aimed at cutting headquarters costs by almost $40 billion through fiscal year 2023." According to the report, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says "he had asked Donley and his team to submit findings and recommendations for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's consideration by the end of September."
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will sell eight Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia for $500 million. The Associated Press reports the deal includes high-tech Longbow radars. Hagel also said Indonesia has agreed to discuss allowing U.S. recovery teams to search for the remains of U.S. troops lost on Indonesian soil or in its territorial waters during World War II. The work will be done by the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command.
U.S. and allied intelligence agencies say chemical weapons were likely used by Syrian forces in an attack near Damascus. Reuters reports they think it happened "with high-level approval from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to American and European security sources." Reuters also says, "the early intelligence finding could increase pressure for action by President Barack Obama, who has made clear that he plans to tread cautiously even as his aides air their differences in a debate over possible military responses to the Syrian government."
Al Qaida latest terror plot has a huge impact without them even launching an attack. That according to intelligence and law enforcement officials all over the world is one of the big pay-offs for Al Qaida and other terrorist groups involved in the recent Embassy plots overseas. Authorities say the main goal of these groups is to frighten people, force governments to spend money and resources to react to the plots, and to achieve publicity for themselves.
The Pacific Ocean is big enough for both the U.S. China. That's what the Chinese Secretary of Defense says. But posturing between the U.S. and China seems to suggest something different. During a joint news conference at the Pentagon Gen. Chang Wanquan agreed with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel t that there is room for greater U.S.-China military cooperation, including joint exercises and high-level visits.
US drones in Iraq. They've been there before. But could they be there again? Iraq's top diplomat wants them there to help fight Al Qaida. Iraqi's foreign minister is Hoshyar Zebari says Iraqi forces need U.S. help with surveillance and analyzing intelligence. He suggests that an unspecified but limited number of American counterterror advisers could be stationed in Iraq to help its military deter a recent spike in deadly attacks.
A top U.S. military official says Afghanistan, even after foreign troops have left will remain dependent on international troops for security many years to come. U.S. General Joseph Dunford, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force told Reuters, he argued for a significant presence after the U.S.-dominated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is disbanded next year. Reuters reports, "the White House favors about 7,000 U.S. troops, but some in the U.S. military would prefer two or three times as many."
When US forces leave Afghanistan next year, the absence of the counter-balance will be noticed. Pakistan-based militants say they will attack India once Western troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. That will likely increase tensions between India and Pakistan, both of which have nuclear weapons. The threats were made by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed for the 2008 commando-style raid on Mumbai that killed 166 people.
The Associated Press is reporting that "a year before he was caught on an intercept discussing the terror plot that prompted this week's sweeping closure of United States embassies abroad, al-Qaida's top operative in Yemen laid out his blueprint for how to wage jihad in letters sent to a fellow terrorist. In what reads like a lesson plan, Nasser al-Wahishi provides a step-by-step assessment of what worked and what didn't in Yemen. But in the rare correspondence discovered by the Associated Press, the man at the center of the latest terror threat barely mentions the extremist methods that transformed his organization into al-Qaida's most dangerous branch."