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No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims. Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude…

US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field innorthern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain…

U.S. to base Marines in Australia

US President Barack Obama will use a visit to Australia next week to announce that America will station Marines in Darwin, ministers indicated Friday, in a sign of heightened concern about China. The Sydney Morning Herald said that the new permanent military presence had been under consideration for some years…

Miscommunication caused U.S. drone deaths: report

A US Marine and a Navy medic were killed by a US drone strike in April because Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, the Los Angeles Times reported. The two men were the first US military officers to be killed in a friendly fire incident involving unmanned…

White House denies leaking classified info for bin Laden raid film

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moviemakers producing a film about the U.S. special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon, but the Obama administration dismissed concerns on Wednesday that classified information has been divulged. The film, focusing on one of President Barack Obama’s key successes in…

Return of dead U.S. troops closed to media: officials

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Monday that a ceremony marking the return of 30 US troops killed in Afghanistan would be closed to the media because their remains have yet to be identified. President Barack Obama lifted a blanket ban on media coverage of the return of dead soldiers in…

Pakistan returns U.S. helicopter from bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan has returned to the United States wreckage of a U.S. helicopter destroyed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a Pentagon official told Reuters on Tuesday. The delivery of the wreckage meets a key U.S. demand of Pakistan in the wake the May 2 mission…

Military chaplain: Soldier’s rape ‘must have been God’s will’

WASHINGTON – A lawsuit targeting the Pentagon contains an astonishing anecdote about a retired Sergeant’s experience after being sexually assaulted by a colleague during a deployment to Afghanistan. The lawsuit, available here (PDF), was filed by 17 military women against Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld in Virginia.…

25 NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan

Gunmen torched more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops and killed a driver Wednesday, the sixth attack on convoys taking supplies to Afghanistan since Pakistan closed a key border crossing almost a week ago. Islamabad shut down the Torkham crossing along the fabled Khyber Pass last Thursday…

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