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Manning unstable, unfit for service in Iraq: fellow soldier

Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence officer accused of leaking thousands of government documents to whistleblower group WikiLeaks, was deemed unfit for service in the military, according to reports unearthed by The Guardian. Manning was so unstable prior to his deployment to Iraq that he wet himself, was prone to…

Witness: Pakistani intel officer ordered attack on Mumbai Jews

By Sebastian Rotella This report is part of a ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE investigation. A version of this article appeared in the Washington Post. An officer in Pakistan’s intelligence service chose a Jewish center as a target for the 2008 Mumbai attacks and then helped launch a new plot against…

Former Egyptian Special Forces officer named new Al Qaeda leader

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda has chosen a former Egyptian Special Forces officer as interim leader of the violent extremist group in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this month, CNN reported Tuesday. Saif al-Adel, a top Al-Qaeda strategist and senior military leader, has been tapped as “caretaker” chief of…

Top US officer: Afghan pullout to be ‘a slow transition’

WASHINGTON — A top US officer returning from commanding US Marines in Afghanistan’s restive southwest emphasized Wednesday that the pullout of foreign troops from the country would be a slow, drawn-out process. The withdrawal will be “a slow transition, not a lot of bells and whistles, not a lot of…

Talk show host Nicole Sandler arrested at tea party Rep’s town hall

Update (below): Finally free, Sandler claims she was ‘maced’ by police while in jail Second update (below): Raw Story obtains probable cause document for Sandler’s arrest At a town hall meeting last night in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., staged by Rep. Allen West (R-FL), liberal talk show host Nicole Sandler was…

Yemeni officer ‘hurt’ in suspected Al-Qaeda attack

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Saturday opened fire on a Yemeni army officer, seriously wounding him in a drive-by shooting attack, military and medical sources said. “Two Al-Qaeda gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car of Lieutenant Colonel Saeed al-Maliki, wounding him,” a military spokesman for the army’s 111 battalion in…

Bank of America misses its 1st quarter earnings projections, gets new CFO

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp posted a 37.5 percent decline in first-quarter earnings and named a new chief financial officer. The largest U.S. bank reported net income of $2.0 billion, or 17 cents per share, compared with $3.2 billion, or 28 cents per share ,in the…

HBGary chief tech officer: ‘Anonymous’ members are criminals and pseudo-journalists

The chief technology officer of the data security firm HBGary described the collective of hacktivists named ‘Anonymous’ as a small group of criminal hackers who “use the media as a tool.” “They are not at all what people think they are,” HBGary CTO Greg Hoglund told Robert Lemos of CSO…

Former president of MADD chapter busted for DUI

Officers in Gainesville, Florida recently arrested a former president of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) group, and charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said Debra Oberlin, 48, failed a field sobriety test, registering .234 and .239 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit for driving in Florida…

Top US military officer ‘stunned’ by Arab revolts

RIYADH (AFP) – Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday he was “stunned” by the spread of Arab protests as he arrived in Saudi Arabia on a Gulf tour to boost Washington’s ties with regional allies. Mullen’s visit comes as an unprecedented wave of…

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