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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 , Afghanistan , Leon Panetta ,

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

Drone strikes force al-Qaida to change tactics

The stunning death on May 21 of Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, one of al-Qaida's founders, has put the organization on its heels.

Tags: Abu al-Yazid , al-Masri , national security ,

Sunday - 06/06/2010, 11:19pm EDT

Al Qaida suffers another loss

In addition to the killing of Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, one of Al Qaida's most senior commanders, now comes word that another, less senior, but still important target has been killed as well. Osama bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Damjan Al-Dawsari was reportedly killed when he was attending a meeting in the house of Omar Khaitab, a close associate of militant commander Maulvi Nazir in South Waziristan on May 28, 2010. Locals say that Khaitab, two other tribesmen and an Afghan national were killed in the attack. A top U.S. counter- terrorism analyst says, with the killing of Abu al Yazid and now al Dawsari, "it looks like the U.S. intelligence community is dialed into a very good Intel channel."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Pentagon , Al Qaida ,

Thursday - 06/03/2010, 06:38pm EDT

Castro suggests a nuclear strike

The former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro says if the U.S launched a nuclear strike against Iran, President Barack Obama would definitely win another term. In an opinion column published by Cuban state media, the reclusive Castro, says North Korea's recent sinking of a South Korean frigate is a good opening for the U.S. to launch an attack against the North Koreans. Castro also suggested that Mr Obama getting bad advice from his advisors.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Fidel Castro , Cuba , Barack Obama , South Korea , North Korea ,

Thursday - 06/03/2010, 06:36pm 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 , Afghanistan , Manas ,

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

National Security Strategy Unveiled

After days of days of promotion and preparation --the Obama administration has released its national security strategy. The document identifies what the administration calls four enduring U.S. national interests. 1)The security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners. 2) A strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy that promotes opportunity and prosperity. 3) Respect for universal values at home and around the world. 4) And more international cooperation to meet global challenges.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Barack Obama ,

Tuesday - 06/01/2010, 12:19am 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 , Afghanistan , Kandahar ,

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

Couple Released in Yemen

Sources in Yemen say the U.S. couple that was kidnapped and then released were let go thanks to tribal mediation and pressure by Yemeni security forces. The Americans, who are in their thirties were kidnapped while they were on their way from Sana'a to Manakhah and were staying at Burj al-Salam Hotel in Sana'a. They live and work in Dubai, and were visiting Yemen for the weekend. According to the Yemen Observer, their trip was organized by Easy Travel Co. The kidnappers, had been demanding that the Yemeni government release a family member from prison in Sana'a.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Yemen ,

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 07:12pm EDT

Why Dennis Blair didn't work out

As time passed, President Obama's confidence in Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence ebbed primarily due to intelligence failures.

Tags: Dennis Blair , Director of National Intelligence , national security , Michael Hayden , Lee Hamilton , Robert Gibbs , American on Alert , National Counter Terrorism Center

Monday - 05/24/2010, 05:51pm EDT

"Don't Ask" Timetable is moving

Gay rights activists and Obama Administration officials have begun discussing a plan to speed up the repeal of Don't ask, Don't Tell, while giving the Pentagon years to implement new policies. Implementation of policy for gays serving openly would still require the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. How long implementation might take is unknown.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Barack Obama , Mike Mullen , Robert Gates ,

Monday - 05/24/2010, 06:40pm EDT
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