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Disinvited Evangelist Prays at Pentagon

Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon today after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. He prayed with his party of a half-dozen people for about five minutes at the Pentagon parking lot. Pentagon spokesman Geoff said he came, he prayed, he left and it was uneventful.

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

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

Foreign Influence detected in New York Bombing Case

A U.S. counterterrorism source in a position to know says there is a foreign influence nexus to the suspects linked to the Times Square attempted bombing. A Justice Department spokesman said, "The investigation continues. We are pursuing every lead to determine the identity and motives of the person or persons responsible. Other U.S. Intelligence officials are stressing it is too early to determine what that influence was generated outside of the U.S. or stateside with international connections.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , counterterrorism , Justice Department

Tuesday - 05/04/2010, 11:25am EDT

The U.S. sending Money to Pakistan

The United States plans give the Pakistani government $600 million to pay for military operations they've undertaken in the last 12 months. A pentagon spokesman says, "There has been some concern on the Pakistani's part about the rate at which they are reimbursed for Coalition Support Funds for their efforts in the war on terror on our behalf within their borders." The U.S. owes Pakistan about $2 billion dollars.

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Friday - 04/30/2010, 11:59am EDT

Al-Qaida considered a 'joke' to jihadists

"They didn't even understand the meaning of 'jihad,'" a former associate of Osama bin Laden tells WTOP in an exclusive interview.

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Wednesday - 04/28/2010, 08:09pm EDT

Pentagon Disinvites Graham

Franklin Graham says the Army has withdrawn an invitation for him to appear at a special Pentagon prayer service. The Christian evangelist said he regrets the Army's decision but not stop praying for the troops. Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, has described Islam as evil in the past. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation raised the objection to the appearance, citing Graham's past remarks about Islam.

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Thursday - 04/22/2010, 08:06pm EDT

Who will Strike First

Lt. General Ronal Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said yesterday Iran could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb within a year. But is that their goal? A top Israeli military analyst says the jury is still out on what Iran is going to do with its nuclear program. Some have suggested even Iran doesn't know. One thing's for sure. The U.S. And Israel both have warned a military strike on Iran is not out of the question. The question is will it happen before Hezbollah and Hamas strike Israel as some experts warn.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Ronal Burgess , Defense Intelligence Agency , Israel , military

Monday - 04/19/2010, 11:08am EDT

Bakiyev Agrees to Resign

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev says he's ready to resign. But Only under certain conditions is ready to resign if he and his kin and kith are granted security guarantees. "I will resign if they will ensure my and my relatives' security," he has told a news conference in Dzhalal-Abad. The interim government has refused to grant him immunity and warns that he would be detained if did not give up his calls for civil war.

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Wednesday - 04/14/2010, 12:01pm EDT

Bakiyev Speaks Out

Ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev says he did not want to believe Russia was behind the protests that chased him from power. Bakiyev also said he had no plans to step down, but offered to talk to the opposition leaders who have claimed control of Kyrgyzstan after Central Asia's bloodiest unrest in five years. He adds he believes there was some foreign influence in the coup.

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Friday - 04/09/2010, 11:06am EDT

Brazil and The U.S. Make a Deal

The United States and Brazil are preparing to sign a new agreement to bolster defense cooperation, the first accord of its kind between the hemisphere's two top economies in more than 30 years, officials said Wednesday. Reuters is reporting the agreement, which could be signed as early as Monday, is meant to demonstrate strengthening ties between the two militaries, despite diplomatic tensions over Brazil's refusal to back new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. It also comes as Brazil is evaluating bids in a multibillion dollar fighter jet competition, in which U.S.-based Boeing Co is one of three contenders.

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Thursday - 04/08/2010, 10:51am EDT
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