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Obama administration offers new defense for killing U.S. citizens

March 6, 2012 President Obama took office promising to abandon many of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies. Three years later, the Obama White House is claiming the right to do something even the Bush White House never proposed: kill American citizens overseas who are suspected of links to al-Qaida and other terror groups....

Parts of 9/11 victims' remains ended up in landfill -- report

February 28, 2012 The Pentagon has disclosed for the first time that the remains of some Sept. 11 victims wound up in a landfill, adding a grim new chapter to an ongoing scandal over care for the military nation’s war dead. A lengthy investigative report by a Pentagon panel into the handling of...

Panetta calls for tax increases, not Defense cuts

February 28, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday stepped back into the bitter debate over the nation’s debt, arguing that lawmakers should close the budget deficit through tax increases and changes to popular programs like Social Security rather than through additional cuts in Pentagon spending. “No budget can be balanced on the...

Koran burning in Afghanistan fuels bloody new attacks on U.S. forces

February 23, 2012 The deaths of a pair of American soldiers in Afghanistan Thursday highlights the bloody intersection of two dangerous aspects of the long war there: the growing Afghan fury over the burning of Korans and the continued killings of Western troops by their Afghan counterparts. An Afghan soldier shot and killed...

Protests latest in series against U.S. military gaffes in Afghanistan

February 21, 2012 The violent protests that erupted in Afghanistan on Tuesday amid reports that American forces burned copies of the Koran are the latest in a series of self-induced wounds for the NATO alliance. The current phase of the long and unpopular war appears to be following a grimly predictable pattern. When...

Panetta: U.S. to wind down combat mission in Afghanistan next year

February 1, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the U.S.-led NATO coalition would end its combat role in Afghanistan next year, the clearest indication yet that the Obama administration is accelerating its plans to wind down the long and unpopular Afghan war. “Hopefully by mid- to the latter part of 2013, we’ll...

'Premature' to use military force against Iran, Joint Chiefs chairman says

January 26, 2012 The current U.S.-led push to force Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions through steadily increasing economic and diplomatic pressure is beginning to show results and it would be "premature" to resort to military force, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview on...

White House gives rundown of the rescue raid in Somalia

January 25, 2012 The White House provided National Journal with some background about the U.S. rescue mission that freed two aid workers-American citizen Jessica Buchanan and Danish citizen Poul Hagen Thisted-who had been held hostage by Somali pirates since October. October 25: Jessica Buchanan and Danish citizen Poul Hagen Thisted are kidnapped in...

CIA indictment highlights murky ties between reporters and intel officials

January 23, 2012 The Justice Department has indicted a high-profile former CIA agent, John Kiriakou, accusing him of providing classified information to journalists and misleading the CIA while trying to get permission to publish a memoir about his time with the intelligence agency. The 26-page indictment accuses Kiriakou of giving an unnamed journalist...

Afghan troops ramp up attacks on Western trainers

January 20, 2012 Rodrigo Abd/AP file photo French leaders said they'd reevaluate whether to keep troops in Afghanistan after four French military trainers were gunned down by an Afghan soldier on Friday, underscoring that the biggest threat to Western political support for the long war may come from fratricidal attacks by partnered Afghan...