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Petraeus, McCain to mourn Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced a high powered delegation to accompany Vice President Joe Biden to offer condolences to Saudi Arabia over the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. Biden will be accompanied by senior Republican Senator John McCain, CIA chief David Petraeus, Clinton-era defense…

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…

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…

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…

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