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There are some Iraqi Police and Military officials in town. They are here for training with the FBI and U.S. agencies and military officials. U.S. Army sources say the FBI training is designed to teach Iraqi police forensics skills, evidentiary proceedings and better police skills. Iraqi military officials are also here for training and will be meeting with U.S. military officials and other unnamed U.S. agencies. Iraq is preparing for the departing of U.S troops in 2011 and need to improve police and military capabilities.
Who should have custody of suspected terrorists? It's being debated on the hill./The latest dispute centers on a provision that would require military custody of a suspect determined to be a member of al-Qaida or an affiliate and involved in the planning or carrying out of an attack on the United States. The administration says such a step would hamper efforts by the FBI or other law enforcement while requiring military custody for all terror suspects.
How do American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki get on a kill or capture list? Reuters reports, it's a secret panel of Sr. U.S. government officials on the National Security Council that decide and then send their recommendations on to the President. Former National Security staffer Juan Zarate says, it's an important process. "You have Senior National staff along with counsel reviewing anything the U.S. does from a National Security perspective that touches on law of war, war of terror issues, he says." The National Security Council says no such panel exists.
The U.S. should have learned from its failures in Vietnam. Those words from a top Vietnamese military leader visiting the U.S. Lt. Gen. Vo Tien Trung speaking at the War College in Washington, said the US should have learned that military aggression is folly. He made the remarks during a question and answer session after a speech at the college. And he added in his own words that his message to Americans was that no matter how powerful your army, it is not legitimate to attack other countries.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is bring back former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. James Cartwright just weeks after he retired. he won't be in uniform though. Instead, he'll serve on the powerful Defense Policy Board. Other nominees to the board include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick and former Rep. Jane Harman. Their job is to provides advice and opinions to the defense secretary on policy matters.
In a personal move, the new Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey invited members of the press in to see a large original oil painting of General George Marshall in his office. He pointed out that he identifies with certain of Marshall's approaches to dealing with war. He also displayed a small wooden box that sits on a desk that General Douglas Macarthur used. The box, belonging to Dempsey , contains what he calls casualty cards, small cards with the names and images on them of U.S. military personnel killed in action --so that he won't forget them.
An historic day for the Pentagon. Gays can officially be accepted at recruiting stations. The legal ban on openly gay service is a thing of the past as of today. The Pentagon says almost 100% of all military personnel have now undergone training about the new regulation. In preparation for questions about the new rule, the Pentagon says existing standards of personal conduct, such as those prohibiting public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation, will not change.
Libya has freed the leaders of an al Qaida linked group. The members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group claim to have renounced their old ways and connections to al Qaida. The twist here is that Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was not in agreement with the release, however his son, Saif al-Islam, who is the leader of the country's reformist movement is the chief proponent of the move. Last year, the group's leaders, while still in prison renowned violence and urged young people to seek inspiration from the Koran.
During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that official money was used to create an under-the-table group of spys to hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan. In the meantime the list of top al Qaida and Taliban operatives killed or captured continues to grow. Predator drones have been the principle weapon, but human intelligence has been a key as well. Previously, many drone strikes have missed the mark, because of weak or faulty intelligence, the success is appearing to improve.