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Reviving images of the Cold War, the Ukrainian violence has again pitted the U.S. against Russia with militaristic overtones. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren warned the Ukrainian armed forces to stay out of the conflict, as "participation would have consequences in our defense relationship". Russia has accused the U.S. of meddling and says it will stay out of the situation.
Syrian peace talks are not making much progress. There are reports the Assad regime is stepping up attacks on rebels and anecdotal evidence that Al Qaida trained militants are leaving Syria and heading back to their home countries. Amid all this, the US and its allies are stepping up their search a solution to the brutal civil war. One of the elements being discussed is a more active role for the US military.
Roadside bombs have killed nearly 3,600 military service members and wounded 34,000 more in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many of the long-term health effects are unknown for those who seemingly walked away without serious injury. For that reason, the Institute of Medicine is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a registry of service members exposed to such bombs so the long-term consequences can be better tracked.
A Pentagon spokesman says that if any of the 65 Afghan militants who were released from a former U.S. prison return to the battlefield, U.S. forces might hunt them down. The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that the 65 are not considered targets at the moment.
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.