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CIA agents training Syrian rebels since late 2012: reports

The CIA and US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels for months, since long before President Barack Obama announced plans to arm the opposition, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Training for rebel forces covers the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and has been carried out at…

Top officer seeks ‘more autonomy’ for elite special ops forces: report

The top US special operations officer, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command, is…

U.S. to keep special forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to maintain special forces in Afghanistan after it winds down its combat operations in the country, using them to hunt down insurgent leaders and train local troops, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed senior Pentagon officials, the newspaper Saturday said these forces could…

U.S. flying armed drones out of Ethiopia: report

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is flying armed drones from a civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of a growing battle against Al-Qaeda linked Shabab militants in Somalia, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The airfield in Arba Minch is part of a network of secret bases for unmanned…

Whoops: Rush Limbaugh mocked for defending genocidal militia

Conservative opinion-maker Rush Limbaugh talks like he knows everything about everything, but this week he really stepped in it. Sensing a chance to attack President Barack Obama, the Republican talk show host defended the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and claimed that Obama had deployed a small number of troops to…

U.S. agrees to limit troops in Pakistan: official

WASHINGTON — The United States has agreed to scale back the number of American troops stationed in Pakistan amid tense relations with Islamabad, a US official said Wednesday. The move was the latest sign of strain between the two countries in the wake of a US raid in May deep…

Obama poll numbers on economy hit new low

The number of Americans who approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the sour US economy has slumped to an all-time low for him of 26 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday. The respected Gallup organization’s findings showed the embattled president down 11 points since mid-May on an issue…

Just one in four Americans like Obama on economy

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the sour US economy has slumped to an all-time low for him of 26 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday. The respected Gallup organization’s findings showed the embattled president down 11 points since mid-May on…

U.S. Army to abandon the beret

WASHINGTON — The US Army is abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment. The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear, US Army spokesman Colonel Tom Collins said Monday. The move came after outgoing Army chief of…

Pakistan demands U.S. cut drone strikes, CIA agents

WASHINGTON — Pakistan has told the United States to sharply cut the number of CIA agents and special forces operating there, and to rein in drone strikes against militants, a US newspaper said Monday. The New York Times said the order highlighted the near collapse of US-Pakistani cooperation, the result…

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