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David Petraeus: U.S. must not be Iraq ‘air force for Shiite militias’

The man who led the US troop surge that preceded Washington’s exit from Iraq after a costly eight-year war says there should not even be US air support without major change in Baghdad. The comments from General David Petraeus, who commanded US troops in Mosul — Iraq’s second city which…

As U.S. commander, Petraeus ruled out resigning: book

WASHINGTON — The former US military commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, rejected suggestions to resign over disagreements with President Barack Obama, concluding it would be a “selfish, grandstanding move,” a new book says. “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” describes how the general — now CIA director…

Commanders say Obama overruled them on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s military commanders have said he ignored their advice for a more modest drawdown from Afghanistan and warned his decision carries risks for the war effort. Both General David Petraeus and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Obama’s…

Obama ‘finalizing’ Afghan troop decision

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama was finalizing his decision on the size of planned troop cuts in Afghanistan as expectations mounted Monday of a possible announcement within days. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama still had not definitively made up his mind on the size of a…

NATO chief Petraeus to leave post by end of year: report

LONDON – US war commander General David Petraeus will leave his post as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Times newspaper reported Wednesday. US President Barack Obama plans to replace Petraeus, who was only appointed eight months ago, as part of…

To appease US, Yemen arrested dozens sans evidence, cable reveals

Diplomatic cables released by secrets outlet WikiLeaks reveal that the Republic of Yemen detained 28 alleged Al Qaeda members on behalf of the United States, despite an investigation that found no evidence they were involved in terrorist acts. The 28 detained Yemeni citizens were arrested after returning to Yemen from…

British aid worker ‘may have been killed by US rescuers’

A British aid worker who died in a failed US operation in Afghanistan may have been killed by a grenade detonated by her rescuers and not by her kidnappers, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. Cameron said a full investigation would now be launched into the death on Friday…

New CENTCOM commander once called shooting Arab men ‘a hell of a lot of fun’

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates named General James Mattis on Thursday as the new head of US Central Command, or CENTCOM, which has overall control of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mattis, whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, replaces General David Petraeus, who took over direct command…

US expands secret military missions: report

The United States has expanded secret military activities in the Middle East, Central Asia and east Africa to break militant networks, The New York Times said, citing a military document. The move is to “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al-Qaeda and other groups in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Somalia, the…

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