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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

Scaling back contractors

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Friday that the coalition depends too much on private-sector contractors, and insisted his forces are keeping close watch on the flow of Taliban fighters who are training in Iran. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, during a four-day visit to France, said the coalition in Afghanistan has become too dependent on private contractors in the effort to stabilize the country.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , NATO , Taliban , Stanley McChrystal , France

Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:13am EDT

Wii's for Warriors program helps amputees

An amputee who started using Nintendo's Wii Fit for therapy is now giving the game away to others who have lost limbs.

Tags: Walter Reed , Wii Fit , Wii's for Warriors , David Flowers , James Clark , Dan Berschinski , Iraq , therapy , amputee

Friday - 03/26/2010, 12:12pm EDT

Taliban unraveling linked to secret meeting

The Afghan Taliban continues to to fall apart. Two top Taliban leaders have been arrested in the past few weeks and many foot soldiers have been killed in air strikes. So why is all this happening suddenly? A secret meeting in January might be the reason.

Tags: security , Taliban , JJ Green

Monday - 03/01/2010, 06:45am EST
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Contract oversight where State and Defense meet

Wartime Contracting tackles the roles and responsibility, planning, the visibility and the inter-agency coordination of handling and overseeing billions of dollars in reconstruction funding.

Tags: contracting , Iraq , Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction , Stuart Bowen , Chris Shays

Tuesday - 02/23/2010, 11:07am EST
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