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US commandos capture Benghazi attack ‘ringleader’

US commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of a deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi, in a raid hailed by the White House as a triumph for justice. Special forces, working with FBI agents, carried out Sunday… Read More »

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq (via AFP) The US was deploying extra troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and mulling air strikes against militants who have seized key cities, amid warnings Tuesday that Iraq has polarised irrevocably. Militants who seized Mosul — a city of two million… Read More »

Poll: Do you agree with president’s decision to give up suspected terrorists to save U.S. soldier?

Poll: Do you agree with president’s decision to give up suspected terrorists to save U.S. soldier? (via NJ.com) We’ve all heard it, even if just at the movies, the axiom “Never negotiate with terrorists.” Well, that’s exactly what President Obama did to gain the freedom of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, America’s only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. The Idaho ... Read More »

Jon Stewart: Let’s just admit that America has been f*cking veterans over for centuries

Jon Stewart: Let’s just admit that America has been f*cking veterans over for centuries (via Raw Story ) Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave a harsh history lesson on Thursday, hitting the wayback machine to show that U.S. mistreatment of veterans dates back not just presidential administrations, but centuries. “Let’s pretend that this current VA crisis… Read More »

US sends second ship to help search for Malaysia plane

The US Navy has sent a second ship to the South China Sea to help in the desperate search for a missing Malaysian jet, officials said Monday. The naval destroyer USS Kidd has joined another American destroyer, the USS Pinckney, as Malaysian authorities… Read More »

GOP leaders slam Obama over Ukraine

Dana Bash reports on the politics in Washington surrounding the crisis in Ukraine. Read More »

Seven sailors injured in Indian navy accident

Seven sailors injured in Indian navy accident (via AFP) Two sailors were missing and another seven were injured after smoke was detected aboard a submarine off Mumbai on Wednesday, Indian navy officials said, in the latest accident to hit the force. The seven sailors suffered smoke inhalation and were airlifted… Read More »

Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan

Okinawa approves relocation of US airbase in Japan (via AFP) Okinawan officials on Friday approved the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base, the defence ministry said, a breakthrough that looks set to remove a decades-long source of friction between Tokyo and Washington. Local bureaucrats… Read More »

Obama tells Congress ‘no need’ for new Iran sanctions

Obama tells Congress ‘no need’ for new Iran sanctions (via AFP) President Barack Obama urged US lawmakers Friday not to impose new sanctions on Iran, warning that this could derail diplomatic efforts to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program. “There is no need for new sanctions legislation, not yet,” Obama told reporters… Read More »

US forces operating ‘normally’ in China air zone

US forces operating ‘normally’ in China air zone (via AFP) US military chiefs have insisted they will not change their operations despite China scrambling fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing’s newly declared air defence zone. But the State Department said US commercial airlines… Read More »

US drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan

US drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan (via AFP) A US drone strike in northwest Pakistan killed six people including a senior leader of the ruthless Haqqani network, officials said, in only the second such strike outside the country’s lawless tribal districts. The missile attack hit a religious seminary… Read More »

US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort

US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort (via AFP) US Navy helicopters and planes Friday launched non-stop aid flights to desperate survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, igniting a global relief effort criticised for being too slow. On the USS George Washington a continuous… Read More »

UN launches $300m appeal as warships head to Philippines

UN launches $300m appeal as warships head to Philippines (via AFP) The UN launched an appeal for a third of a billion dollars on Tuesday as US and British warships steamed towards the typhoon-ravaged Philippines where well over 10,000 people are feared dead. Four days after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire coastal… Read More »

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Pakistani Taliban Leader

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Pakistani Taliban Leader (via Wall Street Journal Digital Network) Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban, was killed Friday by a missile strike from a U.S. drone, according to Pakistani officials. Via The Foreign Bureau, WSJ’s global news update. Photo: Associated Press Read More »

Amnesty urges US to end drone attack secrecy

Amnesty urges US to end drone attack secrecy (via AFP) The United States should end the secrecy surrounding its drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen and bring those responsible for illegal attacks to justice, rights campaigners said Tuesday. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) published separate… Read More »

Obama signs law restoring US military death benefits

Obama signs law restoring US military death benefits (via AFP) US President Barack Obama signed a measure into law reinstating US military death benefits to families of soldiers killed on duty that had been halted by the government shutdown. The Senate passed the mini funding bill by unanimous consent earlier in… Read More »

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