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Pakistan ‘will not launch’ Haqqani offensive

Pakistan will not launch an offensive against Haqqani extremists despite Washington ramping up the pressure after a series of attacks on US targets in Afghanistan, an official said on Monday. The US and Pakistan are key allies in the war against Islamist militants in Afghanistan, but their relationship is often…

Budget cuts will mean smaller U.S. Army: general

Under mounting budget pressure, the US Army probably will have to shrink the size of its force below a planned target of 520,000 troops, the new Army chief of staff said Thursday. General Ray Odierno, who took over as Army chief Wednesday, said the push to reduce the deficit would…

Army to develop next-generation combat vehicle

WASHINGTON — The US Army has said it had awarded nearly $900 million in contracts to British arms manufacturer BAE Systems and US firm General Dynamics to develop its next-generation ground combat vehicle. The Pentagon said it had given $450 million to BAE and $440 million to General Dynamics to…

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