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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

Vets Family Members Get Help

Assistance is coming for family members who have to leave their jobs to become caregivers for severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, courtesy of a bill signed Wednesday by President Barack Obama. The bill, estimated to cost $3.7 billion over five years, also expands veterans care for women, the homeless, and those who live in rural areas.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Obama , J.J. Green

Thursday - 05/06/2010, 08:52am EDT

Man Convicted of Terrorist Financing

Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari pleaded guilty in September to charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Alvin Hellerstein sentenced him to 121 months, plus three years of supervised release. He faced up to 20 years behind bars. The Associated Press reports Alishtari was operating a phony loan investment program when he met the undercover agent. Prosecutors said he accepted an unspecified amount of money from the agent to transfer $152,500 he believed was being sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan to support a terrorist training camp. Alishtari, also known as Michael Mixon, thought the money would be used to buy night vision goggles, medical supplies and other equipment and advised the agent he had to be "three steps away" from the money so it could not be traced back to him. Defense attorneys had initially argued that Alishtari was more interested in potential profits from his loan business than in terrorism activity.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Rerrorist , Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari , Alvin Hellerstein , Michael Mixon , Pakistan ,

Wednesday - 04/21/2010, 08:45pm EDT
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