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Russia's accusing Libya of running a training center for Syrian rebels and arming the fighters in their battle to overthrow the country's President Bashar al-Assad. Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the U.N. Security Council, "We have received information that in Libya, with the support of the authorities, there is a special training center for the Syrian revolutionaries and people are sent to Syria to attack the legal government."
Al Qaida is claiming it attacked a U.S. intelligence officer after U.S. soldiers were sent to the country. A statement posted on the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula website said the attack happened last week in the southern city of Aden. The Pentagon confirms the attack but is disputing the group's claim that the officer was killed. The identify of the person attacked has not been made public.
A Pentagon spokesman says the military's network will continue to air Rush Limbaugh's radio program. According to the Associate Press, George Little says the American Forces Network offers a wide range of programming to reflect listeners' interests and he is unaware of any plans to review that decision. Limbaugh has come under fire for an outburst on his radio program last week when he called a 30-year-old law student a "slut" after she testified before Congress about birth control policies. He has since apologized.
The U.S is likely to take some cues from China when it releases its military spending budget for 2012 this weekend. The unveiling will also explain in part why the U.S. decided to change focus for the future. The swift buildup for the Chinese military is of great concern for U.S. intelligence, but also China's plans to go into space and eventually launch manned moon missions. There's concern they could deny others opportunities in space.
The Pentagon has shelved a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and more than $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. The Airborne Laser Test Bed fell victim to budget cuts. Boeing 747 --with a high energy chemical laser attached has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz., serves as a boneyard for military aircraft. It's well known and the graveyard for military aircraft.
A bittersweet day for the Marines yesterday --More than 170 Marines who recently returned from a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan visited 16 wounded warriors from their unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At the same time, Two Marine Corps helicopters collided over a remote section of the California desert during a nighttime exercise, killing seven Marines in one of the deadliest military training accidents in years. An investigation into what happened is underway.
International Military authorities in Afghanistan are going through evidence from taken from Bagram Airbase to analyze and determine why religious material were burned --causing a firestorm of protest in Kabul. Several questions top their list of queries. They include: What kind of religious material was involved? Why was it removed from the Parwan detention facility? How much was destroyed -and what the chain of events that led to the destruction?
The Pentagon is disputing reports that Iranian ships docked at a Syrian port over the weekend. According to the Associated Press, Iranian state-run Press TV said Saturday that an Iranian navy destroyer and a supply ship had docked in the port of Tartus to provide training to ally Syria's naval forces, as Syria tries to crush the opposition movement. But Defense Department press secretary George Little said Tuesday the U.S. military saw no indication that the ships docked or delivered any cargo. Little said Tehran's ships went through the Suez Canal and now appear to be going back through the canal again.
Spending on cyber security and special operations forces, will probably remain steady or decline a bit in 2013 under the Pentagon's budget plan. The Associated Press is reporting, defense leaders have insisted that increased investments in these areas were needed to address future national security threats at home and abroad. They said last year that cyber spending would likely increase in 2013 because the threat is escalating at a dramatic rate. But demands to slash the military budget have made it difficult to boost spending. So defense officials are finding savings while still meeting the nation's war fighting needs.
Hundreds of people have been killed since last week in clashes between rival tribes over control of territory in Libya. Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has not been able to pull the country together since a U.S. military and NATO led operation help to topple the dictator Muammar Gaddafi last October. Violence broke out late last week in the remote city of Al Kufra and has continued since. The challenge --policing the country's thinly populated desert.