From CNN's Carol Cratty
A man from Uzbekistan living in Alabama was sentenced Friday to almost 16 years in prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
Ulugbek Kodirov, 22, pleaded guilty in February to threatening Obama, providing material support for terrorism and for illegally possessing an automatic weapon.
In his guilty plea, Kodirov said that in 2011 he was communicating with a person he thought was a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated terrorist group, and that "Kodirov interpreted these conversations to mean that he should kill President Obama," according to the Justice Department. FULL POST
By Jill Dougherty
The Obama administration is temporarily lifting a ban on military assistance to Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation that plays a crucial role in providing an overland supply route for U.S. military cargo into Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the waiver January 18, allowing the United States to provide Uzbekistan so-called "nonlethal" defensive equipment, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Tuesday.
That aid was stopped in 2003 because of U.S. concern over alleged human rights violations in Uzbekistan. The route for U.S. military cargo has become even more important as Pakistan closed its border crossings into Afghanistan because of anger over a 2011 U.S. airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops.
By Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty covering the Secretary of State in Tashkent, Uzebekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (CNN) - At a town hall meeting filled in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens as an earnest young woman quotes the words of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
How, the woman asks, can Clinton possibly meet the following day with the president of neighboring Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, whose security forces killed hundreds of protesters in May 2005, in what became known as the Andijan massacre?
The United States "strongly objected" to the events in Andijan, Clinton assures the woman.
"We have had ongoing discussions with the government of Uzbekistan that I will continue when I go there tonight," she adds, "raising issues of human rights, of rule of law, the kind of fundamental freedoms that the United States strongly supports."
Then Clinton leans in to give the young audience, many of whom were born after the Soviet Union collapsed, a history lesson. FULL POST