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U.S. must safeguard military’s industrial base: Panetta

GROTON, Connecticut — Budget cuts must not be allowed to undermine the US military’s industrial base, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday during a visit to a shipyard that builds attack submarines. Panetta used his stop at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut to underline the importance of preserving…

Arab League criticizes Western strikes on Libya

CAIRO – The Arab League on Sunday criticized Western military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich North African state. “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is…

West pounds Libya, Gaddafi vows long war

TRIPOLI – US, British and French forces have hammered Libya from the air and sea, prompting leader Moamer Kadhafi to warn on Sunday of a long war in the Mediterranean “battlefield”. The US military said the first stage of coalition raids under a UN Security Council remit to enforce a…

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