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Africa's New Terrorist Training Ground

September 23, 2013 Gao, the largest city in northern Mali, is a place of extremes. It’s a sprawl of one- and two-story mud-brick houses that lack power lines and running water, but it’s also home to the garish, McMansion-style estates of Cocainebougou, or “Cocaine Town,” a deserted neighborhood that once belonged to Arab...

General retracts controversial suicide comments

May 24, 2012 In a highly unusual move, a senior Army general publicly retracted blunt comments about suicide that drew criticism for appearing to deride troops struggling with serious mental problems. Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the commander of the sprawling Fort Bliss Army installation in Texas, issued a statement on Thursday apologizing for...

General's blog post reignites Army suicide debate

May 22, 2012 Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard commands Fort Bliss, one the nation’s largest Army bases, so his blunt comments about suicide has raised eyebrows throughout the military. “I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act,” he wrote on his official blog recently. “I am personally fed...

New FBI probe of bomb plot highlights administration’s tough stance on leaks

May 17, 2012 The FBI has launched a criminal probe designed to identify the government officials who leaked key details of a foiled al-Qaida bomb plot, the latest indication of the Obama administration’s unrelenting push to find and punish those sharing classified information with the media. FBI Director Robert Mueller, appearing before the...

Bomb plot underscores terrorist threat from Yemen

May 8, 2012 A sophisticated bomb built in Yemen as part of an apparent terrorist plot to destroy Western jetliners is fresh evidence that militants based in Yemen -- not in Afghanistan or Pakistan -- now pose the biggest terror threat to the U.S. and its allies. U.S. counterterrorism officials said on Monday...

Sex scandal hits Secret Service as most expensive presidential race gets under way

April 25, 2012 The sex scandal engulfing the Secret Service comes at a particularly bad time for the agency, now readying itself for weeks of harsh congressional scrutiny just as the costliest presidential campaign ever gets under way. Six of 12 Secret Service agents caught up in the case have already been forced...

Can the military police itself?

April 19, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apologized for grisly new photos showing American soldiers posing with the body parts of Taliban suicide bombers and promised that “anyone found responsible for this inhuman conduct will be held accountable.” If similar recent events are any indication, those punishments will be a long time...

Dempsey: 'We let the boss down' in Colombia

April 16, 2012 The nation's top military officer apologized on Monday for American troops' alleged role in a widening sex scandal in Colombia, acknowledging that the flap had "distracted" from President Obama's visit to the key Latin American ally. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that...

Details emerge on coming U.S. offensive in eastern Afghanistan

April 4, 2012 The last major U.S. offensive of the Afghan War is set to begin later this year in eastern Afghanistan, the region where the conflict began and where senior NATO officials hope their involvement will effectively come to an end. U.S. officials in Kabul and Washington have provided National Journal an...

New Afghan attack raises doubts about U.S.-funded militias

March 28, 2012 The killing of another American soldier by a purported Afghan ally doesn’t simply add to the grim tally of U.S. troops shot dead by their Afghan counterparts. It also raises questions about a key aspect of the American plan for gradually winding down the war. The soldier, who hasn’t yet...

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