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Cost of Libya war for US at $608 million: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The cost of the air war in Libya for the US military has reached $608 million, a US defense official said Monday. The cost estimate covers the period from the start of international air strikes in Libya on March 19 to April 4, the official, who spoke on…

Pentagon chief holds talks with Saudi king

RIYADH — US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates was holding talks in Riyadh on Wednesday with Saudi King Abdullah, with both sides concerned by Iranian intentions in the region and spiralling unrest in Yemen. “Iran will be a major focus of their conversations, both in terms of the regional threat…

US pulls out warplanes from Libya: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The US military on Monday withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya, officials said, after NATO asked Washington to keep up bombing raids for another 48 hours. The United States had planned to halt combat missions and Tomahawk cruise missile launches at the weekend…

New air missions attack Gaddafi troops: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The United States used low-flying combat aircraft against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s ground troops, the Pentagon said Monday, but denied it was directly supporting the rebels. “We have employed A-10s and AC-130s over the weekend,” US Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, told…

WikiLeaks lawyer Leonard Weinglass dies

WASHINGTON – Leonard Weinglass, a lawyer who gained notoriety representing US left-wing activists including the Chicago Seven and Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg, has died at 78, his law associate said Thursday. Weinglass, who recently worked with the defense team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, died in his sleep Wednesday…

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at protest for Bradley Manning

Update: Ellsberg arrested twice in single weekend — watch footage from Sunday’s protest here Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Sunday at a military base holding the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US cables, supporters said. “It was…

Pentagon: ‘We are not going after Gaddafi’

UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: A senior administration official tells CNN that Gaddafi’s compound was targeted by coalition forces in a Sunday night airstrike because it has command center capabilities. However, the damage done to the building does not render it ineffective as a command center. There is still no indication that…

US military computer networks vulnerable: general

WASHINGTON – The US military has made huge strides in hardening its computer networks against cyberattack but more remains to be done, the Pentagon’s top cyberwarrior said Wednesday. “I would give us today probably a ‘C,’ going up,” General Keith Alexander said when asked during a House Armed Services Committee…

New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Documents released…

Pentagon accounting problems ‘serious’: Treasury

WASHINGTON — The US administration is taking a hard look at problems in the Defense Department’s accounting, after a report called its books unauditable, the Treasury said Wednesday. Treasury assistant secretary Richard Gregg told a Congressional panel there were “serious financial reporting issues” at the Pentagon, which in the current…

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