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Watch live: Obama bids farewell to Panetta

President Obama delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 8. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Panetta: The Pentagon and Clinton supported arming Syrian rebels

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday admitted for the first time that the Pentagon had backed proposals to arm the Syrian opposition battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The idea was first floated by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who met privately with David Petraeus, then CIA chief, in…

Panetta: US needs to keep up drone war

The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The assassination of Al-Qaeda figures in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with unmanned, robotic aircraft has provoked widespread criticism from…

Panetta says polls cannot dictate Afghan war plans

OTTAWA — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday a poll showing a big drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington’s strategy, or efforts to battle Al-Qaeda. “We cannot fight wars by polls — if we do that, we’re in deep trouble. We have…

US says attack at Afghan base targeted top general

The US military said Friday that an attack at a NATO base in Afghanistan this week targeted a top American commander, just as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew in for a visit. After having initially downplayed the incident, officials threw new light on Wednesday’s attack at British-run Camp Bastion in…

U.S. military could hit Iran harder than Israel: Panetta

WASHINGTON — A US military attack on Iran would do more damage than a strike carried out by Israeli forces, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday in an interview. The United States and Israel disagree about the imminence of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and Panetta’s comments underscored…

U.S. weighs ‘non-lethal’ aid to Syria rebels

WASHINGTON — The United States is looking at delivering non-lethal aid to Syria’s rebels, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, hinting at the first direct US assistance to forces seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s downfall. While the United States is outraged at the killing of civilians it does not believe in…

Eight women allege of rape during military service

The United States Military is facing a lawsuit Tuesday morning from eight former and current members who alleged of being raped and punished for reporting the incidents to their supporters, according to the Associated Press. Seven veterans of the Navy and Marine Corps and an active Marine filed the lawsuit,…

U.S., Afghans near deal on post-2014 mission: Panetta

WASHINGTON — US and Afghan officials are weeks away from clinching a security pact allowing an American military mission to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. The two sides still had to resolve disagreements over controversial night raids by US troops, which Afghan President Hamid…

WATCH LIVE: Panetta discusses Pentagon cuts

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a Pentagon briefing to discuss major budget decisions for future defense staffing. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 26, 2012. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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