Seized documents detail the militant group's plan to manage revenue streams - including pillaged oil - and oversee subjugated populations.
President Barack Obama has signed into law new legislation which greatly reforms the US's much-criticised state surveillance programme.
The last US prisoner of war held in Afghanistan has been handed over to the US Special Operations in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detainees.
The FBI interviewed suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in early 2011, following a tip off that he was 'a follower of radical Islam'.
In many ways, it's the perfect weapon for a war-weary nation that suddenly finds itself on a tight budget.