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Panetta says Israel ‘could strike’ Iran in spring

BRUSSELS — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial. When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it…

Panetta believes Pakistan knew where bin Laden was hiding

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta still believes someone in authority in Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding before US forces went in to find him, he said in a TV interview to air Sunday. Intelligence reports found Pakistani military helicopters had passed over the compound in…

U.S. to withdraw about 7,000 troops from Europe

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 US troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Panetta said two brigade combat teams, or roughly 7,000 US troops, would be withdrawn from Europe,…

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…

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…

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