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National Security Brief: Terror Plot Foiled

— Federal authorities charged a Bangladeshi man with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York saying he tried to remotely detonate what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb in a van he parked outside the building in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday.

— The Wall Street Journal reports: Iranian hackers renewed a campaign of cyberattacks against U.S. banks this week, targeting Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T; Corp. and openly defying U.S. warnings to halt.

— Libyan authorities said that Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of the Benghazi-based Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, is a commander in the attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, last month.

— Some Syrian rebels have reportedly received portable anti-aircraft weapons as a senior House Republican warned yesterday that the rebels there are tired of waiting for Western nations to provide arms and are instead increasingly cutting deals to get weapons from extremists.

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— The New York Times reports: The first of 1,000 United States troops have begun to arrive in Israel to take part in a joint missile-defense exercise, which the lead American planner described on Wednesday as the largest in the history of the two countries’ relationship and a testament to the strength of their military ties.

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