KSM Lawyer Sacrifices Military Career to Stay on Case

9/11 defense wants access to CIA black sites, personnel identities
A courtroom sketch of a 2010 hearing for Kahlid Sheik Mohammed / AP

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Army Maj. Jason Wright, a member of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team, informed the court Thursday morning that he will be retiring from the military in order to continue defending his client, who stands accused of orchestrating the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

Feds Curtail Major Counterterror Exercise in Washington

Scaled down drill followed new al Qaeda threat to conduct car bombings in D.C., Virginia
Al Qaeda's 'Inspire' magazine

The White House sharply curbed a major counterterrorism drill scheduled for Tuesday in Washington that was designed to test the federal government response to threats of car bombs attacks and a chemical weapons strike on the Metro subway system.

The exercise, code named Eagle Horizon 2014, was cut back instead to small-scale communications checks within federal agencies.

Taliban Attack Kabul

Afghan police and special forces respond to  a suicide bombing in Kabul / AP

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a U.S.-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours on Friday, just eight days before Afghanistan holds a presidential election which the militant group has vowed to derail.