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Panetta admits Iran not developing nukes

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta let slip on Sunday the big open secret that Washington war hawks don’t want widely known: Iran is not developing nuclear weapons. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Panetta admitted that despite all the rhetoric, Iran is not pursuing the ability to split…

Panetta: U.S. will respond if Iran blocks Strait

WASHINGTON — The United States will respond if Iran tries to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday, saying such a move would cross a “red line.” “We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate…

U.S. Navy rescues Iranian fishermen from Somali pirates

WASHINGTON — A US Navy ship has rescued 13 Iranians held hostage by Somali pirates for weeks in the Arabian Sea, the American military said on Friday. The rescue effort came despite days of rising tensions between Iran and the United States, with Tehran issuing threats and warning America not…

Pentagon plays down remarks by Panetta on Iran

The Pentagon on Tuesday sought to play down remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who has suggested Iran’s nuclear program could be on a faster track than previously suspected. In an interview with CBS News, Panetta said Iran could have anuclear weapon in a year or possibly sooner and that the timeline might be…

Pentagon chief Panetta sees close partnership with Libya

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday that Tripoli could become an important security partner of Washington as he visited Libya for talks with new regime officials. “We are and will be your friend and partner,” Panetta said at a news conference with Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib.…

Bloody, costly Iraq war finally ends with lowering of U.S. flag

As President Barack Obama promised, the war in Iraq has finally come to an end. Standing in front of hundreds of soldiers on Thursday morning, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called a formal close to the conflict that’s lasted 8 years, 9 months, at a cost of more than $1…

Panetta: Israel must get to the ‘damn’ peace table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to get back to the “damn” negotiating table with Palestinians and take steps to address what he described as the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the Middle East. Panetta, addressing a forum in Washington, also made one of his…

U.S. tells Israel it must end its ‘isolation’ in the region

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that Israel must work to end its increasing “isolation” in the region by repairing diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey and renewing peace efforts with the Palestinians. “Unfortunately, over the past year, we’ve seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners…

Defense Secretary Panetta cautions against attack on Iran

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met by “iron fists.” Panetta, who took over the Pentagon’s top job…

Pentagon chief orders review of morgue mistakes

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday he has ordered a review into the mistreatment of US war dead, and whether whistleblowers who balked at the mishandling of the remains were retaliated against. Seeking to allay concerns over revelations of mismanagement at the Dover Air Force base mortuary, Panetta…

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