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Bales charged on 17 counts of pre-meditated murder

March 23, 2012 Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been charged Friday with murdering 17 civilians and wounding six others, paving the way for what will be a long and politically charged trial. The miltary said the attack was premeditated. Bales is the sole suspect in the shooting deaths of 17 Afghan civilians in...

Charges in Afghan shooting will be start of long legal journey

March 23, 2012 The Army’s decision to formally charge Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of homicide for his alleged role in a mass shooting in southern Afghanistan will mark the start of a long legal process that is virtually certain to continue long after U.S. troops have withdrawn from the country....

Afghan war commander: We stick to the plan

March 22, 2012 Afghan war commander Gen. John Allen on Thursday pushed back for the first time at suggestions that the U.S. withdraw more than 23,000 troops from Afghanistan this year, laying down a marker of sorts as the debate over future U.S. troop levels heats up. Allen, appearing before the Senate Armed...

Commander grilled over Afghanistan future

March 20, 2012 A U.S. soldier stands accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians, the worst such attack in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently responded by describing the U.S. as a "demon" and demanding a faster U.S. withdrawal. Here at home, domestic support for the war has plunged to new...

Suspect in Afghan shootings identified

March 19, 2012 The Pentagon successfully kept the name of the alleged Kandahar shooter bottled up for nearly a week, but the floodgates are finally opening. An array of detail had leaked out about the sole suspect in last weekend’s killings of 16 Afghan civilians, from the brain injury he reportedly suffered in...

U.S. officials dole out selective details on shooter

March 16, 2012 An array of details have leaked out about the sole suspect in last weekend’s mass shooting in Kandahar, from the brain injury he reportedly suffered in Iraq to the wife and two children he left behind in Washington State. But the Pentagon is steadfastly refusing to release his name, a...

Navy chief: U.S. to bring 'sawed-off shotgun' to Persian Gulf

March 16, 2012 The Navy is sharply increasing its military capabilities in the Persian Gulf, shifting more vessels, aircraft and powerful weapons amid ongoing tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, told reporters on Friday that he plans to double the number of mine-sweeping vessels...

Panetta: Pentagon planning for potential Iran strikes

March 8, 2012 The Pentagon is preparing an array of military options for striking Iran if hard-hitting diplomatic and economic sanctions fail to persuade Tehran to drop its nuclear ambitions, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told National Journal in an interview Thursday. The Pentagon chief said that such planning had been underway “for a...

Pentagon weighs military strikes into Syria; clear risks remain

March 7, 2012 The military campaign would begin with U.S. warplanes jamming Syria’s air-defense systems and then destroying them. With those systems out of the way, American aircraft would help create a no-fly zone to protect the country’s pro-democracy protesters and a humanitarian corridor to allow them to receive food, water, and medicine....

Panetta takes a slap at the GOP

March 6, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum used an early-morning speech to a powerful pro-Israel lobby Tuesday to accuse the Obama administration of taking too soft an approach towards Iran. Hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took to the same podium to issue an unusually pointed response. “In this town, it’s easy...