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President Barack Obama said in his speech in Afghanistan he recognizes American are tired of war. The Pentagon says more than 1,800 American troops have been killed in more than a decade of war in Afghanistan. 88,000 are still stationed there. After spending 1.3 trillion dollars there and in Iraq the stage may be set for the U.S. to exit war footing in two years. The President said the U.S. has removed 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan so far and another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer.
"Sinking an aircraft carrier is not a very difficult task" --the words of IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh. He made the comments during an interview with the Iranian gov'ts FARS news agency and was clearly referring to the U.S. Navy carrier groups operating in the region. DoD spokesman Captain John Kirby responded in his own words, "we are very comfortable with our force posture in the region and the defensive capabilities those forces possess."
Iran has issued a statement condemning the Koran burning incident in Afghanistan. The Islamic Republic of Iran's Foreign Ministry says it strongly condemned this "absurd, insulting and provocative". The statement appears to be aimed at the global religious community and it suggests that they should be upset with the U.S. military and it's imploring Christian scholars around the globe to speak out and increase the pressure on the U.S. military.
Russia is resisting new sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. It warning the European Union that the ban on purchasing Iranian oil will end up hurting the bloc itself. In the meantime, no one has claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack on Iran's oil facilities. A virus hit the internet and communications systems of the oil ministry and national oil company forcing Iran to disconnect the control systems of Kharg Island, which handles the vast majority of Iran's crude exports.
Another Green on Blue incident in Afghanistan. A man wearing an Afghan army uniform fatally shot an American service member in southern Afghanistan yesterday. This is the latest in a string of attacks against American and other foreign forces by their Afghan partners or insurgents in disguise. Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 16 attacks against American and other foreign troops by Afghan security forces or militants dressed as Afghan troops.
A rag tag group of men pushing for the re-instatement of Haiti's now defunct military are refusing to disband and clear out of old military bases in spite of repeated orders from the government. In a news conference at an army barracks just outside Haiti's capital, several veterans of the defunct army said Haitian officials broke a promise by failing to appoint them to the helm of an interim force until the military is officially reinstated.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has brushed aside Iranian government claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that it captured last year. Panetta says he would seriously question their ability to do what they say they have done. Iranian officials claimed Sunday that they were building a copy of the drone and that they had recovered information that the aircraft was used to spy on Osama bin Laden weeks before he was killed.
The U.S. military says 11 service members are being investigated for alleged misconduct in Colombia. That's up from the 10 personnel the military last believed to be involved. The military says six are from the Army, two each are from the Marines and Navy and one is from the Air Force. The Marine and Navy personnel are from San Diego and the Air Force member is from Charleston, S.C. The Army personnel are from the 7th Special Forces Group.
Will the U.S. get involved in Syria? "I think it's clear that the only way that the United States would get involved militarily is if there's a consensus in the international community to try to do something along those lines," Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee. He added, "At this point in time ...a decision is that we will not have any boots on the ground and that we will not act unilaterally in that part of the world."
Reuters is reporting the Pentagon says it is making progress in developing weapons for its newest battleground - cyberspace - but still faces funding, technology and policy challenges. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Michael Basla, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, told industry officials on Monday the service was approaching its work on cyber capability as it would any other major weapons system.