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Air base expansion plans reflect long-term investment in Afghanistan

Read more from the Washington Post.

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Monday - 08/23/2010, 11:43am EDT

Karzai wants private security firms out of Afghanistan

American officials were stunned Monday by a surprise announcement from President Hamid Karzai's spokesman.

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Tuesday - 08/17/2010, 11:51am EDT

Wikileaks condemned again

The "height of irresponsibility". That what the Pentagon says about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's decision to release another 15-thousand documents related to the war in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says "there are very serious operational consequences. There are the names of a lot of Afghans who have worked with us and helped us in those documents." He added the documents contain a significant amount of information about U.S. tactics, techniques and procedures, including places where they are vulnerable.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Julian Assange , Robert Gates , J.J. Green

Monday - 08/16/2010, 11:31am EDT

Pentagon to Wikileaks: Take them down

The Pentagon is demanding that online whistle-blower WikiLeaks return its trove of tens of thousands of leaked U.S. government documents and delete them from its website and records. The Associated Press reports Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell didn't say what efforts the Defense Department might be able to take to compel Wikileaks to comply. He told a Pentagon press conference that, at this point, the Pentagon is asking Wikileaks "to do the right thing." Wikileaks posted nearly 77,000 classified military and other documents, mostly raw intelligence reports from Afghanistan, on its website July 25.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , WikiLeaks , Geoff Morrell , DoD , J.J. Green

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 08:36pm EDT

U.S. choppers head to Pakistan

1500 people are dead in Pakistan because of flooding. The Pentagon is dispatching several helicopters from Afghanistan to help transport relief supplies and refugees in flood-ravaged Pakistan. Four CH-47 Chinooks Two UH-60 Black Hawks will be sent over. Bad weather hindered their arrival yesterday, but they are expected to begin their missions today. Pakistan has repeatedly rejected, at least publicly as U.S. military presence in Pakistan, but in cases like this the government has proven to be very receptive.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Pakistan , military , J.J. Green

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 12:24pm EDT

Holbrooke says war is win-able

Difficult but the war in Afghanistan can succeed. The words of Richard Holbrook, the top U.S envoy in Afghanistan and Pakistan yesterday before Congress at an oversight hearing on money being spent on the nine year old war in Afghanistan. Lawmakers expressed concern about corruption that's eaten up millions of dollars. Holbrooke said this is the toughest job he's ever had.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Richard Holbrook , Pakistan , Congress , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 11:01am EDT

U.S. military scrutinizes leaks for risks to Afghans

The Pentagon is reviewing tens of thousands of classified battlefield reports.

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Thursday - 07/29/2010, 12:26pm EDT

Wartime Contracting Comm. on billing, human trafficking

$21 billion in questioned and unsupported costs, human trafficking allegations covered in latest hearing of bipartisan commission.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Mike Thibault , contracting , Iraq ,

Wednesday - 07/28/2010, 02:04pm EDT

The Taliban facing more trouble

The Afghan Taliban leadership is facing more pressure from the U.S. The U.S. Treasury Department will freeze the militants' assets, ban travel and trigger an arms embargo. It follows similar action by the United Nations earlier this week, and comes after calls from Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Afghanistan. the U.S. and U.N. sanctions prohibit any financial transactions of the terror leaders in U.N. member countries, putting additional pressure on Pakistan to take broader actions against the Taliban militants.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Taliban , Treasure Department , David Petraeus , United Nations , J.J. Green

Monday - 07/26/2010, 01:40pm EDT

WH condemns 'irresponsible' leaks, dismisses stories

The White House is condemning site Wikileaks.

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Monday - 07/26/2010, 01:46pm EDT
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