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Congress votes to boost National Guard role

Lawmakers voted to elevate the head of the National Guard to a seat on the military’s top council, granting unprecedented status to the country’s part-time militia. The proposed change was strongly opposed by all the chiefs of the armed services and the Pentagon’s civilian leadership, who voiced concerns about creating…

Obama: Death of Awlaki is ‘major blow’ to Al Qaeda

President Barack Obama announced the death of Anwar al-Awlaki ahead of his remarks at a ceremony marking the departure of Adm. Michael G. Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Earlier this morning, Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen,”…

As sparks fly, Pakistan warns U.S.: ‘You will lose an ally’

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan warned the United States it risks losing an ally if it continued to accuse Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by U.S. Joint…

US military chief predicts ‘more violence’ in Afghanistan in 2011

WASHINGTON – The top US military officer said Wednesday he sees an increase in bloodshed in Afghanistan as allied forces step up their offensive against the Taliban. “As difficult as it may be to accept, we must prepare ourselves for more violence and more casualties in coming months,” said Admiral…

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