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Official: Billions missing in Iraq may be ‘largest theft of funds in national history’

Approximately $6.6 billion in cash was likely stolen after being flown to Iraq during the months that followed the U.S.-led invasion, Pentagon officials said recently. Stuart Bowen, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, told The Los Angeles Times that the sum just might be “the largest theft of…

NATO nearing ‘decisive blow’ in Afghan war: Gates

KABUL (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates, wrapping up a final visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, said Tuesday that US-led forces are on the verge of securing a “decisive blow” against the Taliban. “I leave Afghanistan today with the belief that if we keep this momentum up we will…

US ‘to view major cyber attacks as acts of war’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon has adopted a new strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said the Pentagon plans to unveil its first-ever strategy regarding cyber warfare next month,…

Clinton names ex-Cheney advisor as State Dept. spokesperson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department on Thursday named career diplomat Victoria Nuland as its new spokesperson, filling a vacancy left when the former incumbent resigned in a flap over the soldier accused of leaking secret WikiLeaks documents. Nuland was a national security advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney…

Obama nominates Panetta to head Pentagon, Petraeus to head CIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday formally nominated Leon Panetta as his new secretary of defense and David Petraeus, who commands the international force in Afghanistan, as Panetta’s successor at the CIA. Obama had first said he planned to nominate Panetta and Petraeus on April 28, just days before…

Seven US soldiers killed in Afghan blasts

KABUL – Seven soldiers killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan on Thursday were Americans, the Pentagon confirmed, adding that they died after successive blasts struck them at the same location. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said the soldiers were killed by two blasts in Shorabak district in Kandahar province.…

Assange: Obama looks to ‘put a chill across all investigative journalism’

If the Obama administration’s prosecutions of Pfc. Bradley Manning and a high tide of other journalists and whistleblowers are successful, the result will be “a chill across all investigative journalism,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told reporters Wednesday. Speaking on a press call, Assange was joined by Daniel Ellsberg, a former…

Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

MIAMI — A 37-year old Afghan detainee died at Guantanamo Bay in an apparent suicide, the US military said in a statement. The man, identified by one name, Inayatullah, was an admitted planner for Al-Qaeda terrorist operations, according to the Southern Command. He arrived in Guantanamo in September 2007. Inayatullah…

Famed ‘Pentagon Papers’ finally made public

WASHINGTON — The US government on Thursday announced the release of the famed “Pentagon Papers,” 40 years after the once top-secret Vietnam War documents were leaked to the media. The National Archives, the massive US repository for historic books and documents, announced that the files, now declassified, will be accessible…

Cost of Libya intervention hits $750 million

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday the cost of the air war in Libya for the United States is roughly $750 million. “It’s probably at this point somewhere in the ballpark of 750 million dollars,” Gates told US Marines during a visit to the Camp Lejeune…

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