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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

An update on NATO efforts in Afghanistan

Marine Colonel William Maxwell, director of the joint operation center in Kabul, joined the Federal Drive from Afghanistan with an update

Tags: Federal Drive , NATO , Colonel William Maxwell , Vyomika Jairam

Monday - 07/12/2010, 10:07am EDT
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We told you so

Lawmakers are criticizing U.S. military officials for failing to heed warnings about the role they say a Pentagon transportation contract plays in fueling extortion and corruption in Afghanistan. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney says the companies hired to move food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan are forced to pay warlords millions of dollars to ensure safe passage. The spoils may then be funneled to the Taliban and insurgent forces, potentially making the U.S. an unwitting financier of the enemy.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Massachusetts , John Tierney , Taliban , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:15pm EDT

Neighbors tie a yellow ribbon for soldier

After Robin and Geoffrey Seidel tied a yellow ribbon around their mailbox in Walkersville, neighbors did the same.

Tags: Frederick , Philip Seidel , Devon Farms , yellow ribbons , Walkersville

Monday - 06/28/2010, 07:33am EDT

McChrystal out, Petraeus in in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal loses his job after remarks to freelance reporter that reflected poorly on his civilian superiors.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , management , Stanley McChrystal , David Petraeus , Rolling Stone , DoD , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 06/23/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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Taliban use of tainted needles in IEDs questioned

A U.S. military official in Afghanistan called the claims the Taliban is planting HIV tainted needles along with IEDS, "absolutely" ridiculous. A former British military officer reportedly exposed the tactic to a U.K. news outlet. Questions have arisen about where the Taliban would get the needles and how they would know they're infected with HIV. British military explosive ordinance disposal teams have reportedly have been issued special gloves to handle IEDs.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Taliban , UK , J.J. Green

Thursday - 06/10/2010, 03:32am EDT
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