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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

School Girls Poisoned

The Taliban denies any involvement, but for the third time in two months, school girls in Afghanistan have fallen ill. Authorities say they were poisoned with some kind of substance. The most up to date reporting from the region suggests the 14 girls in this incident were gassed. The girls were rushed to a medical facility in the Sar e Pol province in Northern Afghanistan. Authorities say they don't have any suspects. Almost 100 girls and teachers have been attacked this way in recent months.

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

Tuesday - 06/08/2010, 08:04pm EDT

The CIA honors its fallen

Last year there were 90 - this year there are 102. Stars on the wall at CIA headquarters. 12 Stars were added yesterday to commemorate the agency's fallen heroes. Seven of the 12 died in Khost, Afghanistan last December. The other five of those killed died engaged in clandestine operations. According to CIA Director Leon Panetta, the sensitivity of their work requires that the nature and their names of course remain classified and secret.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , CIA , Leon Panetta , J.J. Green

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:36pm EDT

Changes come to Manas

U.S. military tanker aircraft have suspended refueling operations at Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. A new contract is being renegotiated with interim government in that country. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said refueling for KC-135 aerial refueling tankers had been shifted to a new refueling location, which was not disclosed for security reasons. Whitman said the move has not disrupted U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, and the movement of troops and supplies through Manas have not be affected.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , military , Kyrgystan , Bryan Whitman , Manas , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 08:04pm EDT

Karzai Targeted

The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Ahmad Wali Karzai has become a target of NATO --so to speak. British Major General Nick Carter, a top commander in Afghanistan said his plan is to reduce his role in the day-to-day governing of Kandahar. The president's brother has been accused of ties to drug traffickers for many years and represents an impediment to transparency in Afghanistan. Carter's goals is to see to it that the actual governor of the Kandahar province gets to govern.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Hamid Karzai , NATO , Nick Carter , Kandahar , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 12:17am EDT

Pilot error likely in combat crash

Pilot error is likely to blame for the first crash of a CV-22 Osprey in a combat zone, WTOP has learned.

Tags: Jamie McIntyre , Osprey , CV-22 , V-22 , Air Force

Wednesday - 05/19/2010, 09:37am EDT

U.S. Afghan Pullout Confirmed

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was confident that U.S. troops could start to return home as planned from Afghanistan in July 2011 but he predicted a tough fight in the coming months. "There is going to be some tough fighting," Obama said at a joint news conference with Afghan president Hamid Karzai,

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Barack Obama , Hamid Karzai , J.J. Green

Thursday - 05/13/2010, 04:19pm EDT

Special Forces are restrained

Raids on suspected Taliban hideouts would probably be best handled by Afghan forces as opposed to U.S special forces. Major-General Charles Cleveland, Commander of Special Operations for U.S. Central Command says also they have to avoid killing and wounding civilians. At a conference yesterday in Jordan. Cleveland also said, "Raids and kill/capture operations remain important, but they have to be precise." Special forces are only permitted to carry out raids at night when Afghan forces are with them.

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

Tuesday - 05/11/2010, 03:20pm EDT

Journalists are Bounced

Several journalists can no longer go into the military commissions happened at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon says four of them published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as "Interrogator No. 1" and said reporting his name was off-limits. Reporters for the Miami Herald, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Canwest News Service reported the name during hearings for a 23-year-old Canadian prisoner who is charged with killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , Guantanamo , J.J. Green

Monday - 05/10/2010, 02:31pm EDT
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