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U.S. military officials said the number of American troops in Afghanistan could drop to as low as 20,000 by mid-summer, giving commanders the ability to pull them all out by the end of the year if no agreement is reached. It generally takes about 10 months to shut down a massive military base, but officials said the Pentagon is prepared to do it in a much shorter - although far more expensive - timeline.
A former Guatemalan special forces soldier was sentenced Monday to 10 years in a US prison for lying on his citizenship application. He lied about his participation in massacre that wiped out a village 30 years ago. Jorge Sosa, 55, was stripped of his American citizenship after being convicted of failing to disclose his alleged participation in the killing of at least 160 people in the village of Dos Erres.
There's a big air show this week in Singapore and aerospace firms will finalize numerous billion dollar deal during the show. The firms goals are simple and the same --survive a dry spell in emerging markets. Those markets are vital to their plans to plans to keep producing large numbers of jets. The biggest aerospace gathering in Asia is usually a "show and tell" where executives come to mingle with some of the world's biggest long-haul carriers and the region's busy military buyers.
Polish prosecutors may seek access to terror suspects detained by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay for direct questioning as part of an investigation into whether a secret CIA prison operated here in 2002-2003, an official said Thursday. The prosecutors would need U.S. permission to question prisoners held at Guantanamo and are weighing whether to make a request. Washington has provided little help to Poland's investigation, which was launched in 2008, and has already denied an appeal from Warsaw for assistance in gathering evidence.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told military leaders to put a renewed emphasis on moral behavior across the force following a series of ethical lapses that have included cheating scandals among the Navy and Air Force's nuclear missions. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel told the military and civilian leaders of the services in a meeting on Wednesday that he wants the issue dealt with more urgently and wants updates on a regular basis.
The leaders of Ukraine's protest movement that's all but shut-down the government for more than two months say they will seek constitutional changes to weaken the president's powers. The changes are expected to be discussed in parliament as the country wades through a stalemate. Protesters are refusing to leave their encampment in downtown Kiev or vacate buildings they occupy, but they say they will abide by a truce they agreed to.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, flight crew put down a CBP unmanned aircraft system in the Pacific Ocean 20 miles southwest of San Diego, at about 1:15 a.m. PST Monday. While on patrol off the Southern California coast, the unmanned aircraft, a maritime variant of the Predator B, experienced a mechanical failure. The crew determined that the UAS would be unable to return to where it originated in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and put the aircraft down in the water. The cause of the failure is unknown. There were no injuries as a result of this emergency landing.
Department of Defense announced the deployment of M/V Cape Ray from Portsmouth, Va. M/V Cape Ray is the primary contribution of the Department of Defense toward international efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons material program. Over the last several months, hundreds of government and contract personnel have worked tirelessly to prepare the vessel to neutralize Syrian chemical materials and precursors using proven hydrolysis technology. This achievement could not have been possible without these remarkable contributions.
The Pentagon says it's sending Iraq another installment of small arms and ammunition requested by Baghdad as it battles al-Qaida militants for control of Fallujah and other key cities in Anbar province. A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that Iraq will be receiving the extra arms and ammunition "very shortly." Army Col. Steve Warren declined to say whether Washington is considering using U.S. troops to train Iraqi forces.
The European Union is expected soon send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize Central African Republic. It would be the EU's first major army operation in six years. Reuters says, "the intervention by the 28-nation bloc comes after a senior U.N. official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed."