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Syria situation ’spinning out of control’ : US


July 19th, 2012 - 1:18 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 18 (IANS) Stating that the situation in Syria was fast "spinning out of control", US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Wednesday called for more international pressure on Damascus, Xinhua ... Read more...

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‘Al Qaeda infiltrating Syria via Iraq’


July 5th, 2012 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS
Baghdad, July 5 (IANS) Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari Thursday said Al Qaeda terrorists have infiltrated Syria via Iraq to carry out terror attacks, RIA Novosti reported."We have reliable data ... Read more...

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Making progress in talks with Pakistan: Panetta


May 22nd, 2012 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 22 (IANS) The US continues to negotiate with Pakistan towards a resolution that will lead to the reopening of NATO supply routes that have been closed since ... Read more...

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US wants Brazil as defense partner


April 26th, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS/EFE) The US is ready to transfer military technology to Brazil to be able to count the South American country as a strategic ally, ... Read more...

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Prostitution scandal claims more US Secret Service agents


April 25th, 2012 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 25 (IANS) The US Secret Service Tuesday announced the fate of five remaining agents implicated in a scandal involving agency personnel and prostitutes during a presidential visit ... Read more...

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Russia has tools to pressure Syrian president: Panetta


March 8th, 2012 - 5:06 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has all the instruments it needs to pressure the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said."There's no question in ... Read more...

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‘Deficit reduction not by defence cuts alone’


February 29th, 2012 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 29 (IANS) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reiterated that the responsibility to reduce the budgetary deficit cannot be borne by the defence sector alone. "No budget ... Read more...

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US military unveils initiatives targeting sexual assault


January 19th, 2012 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced four initiatives Wednesday designed to aid victims and strengthen prosecution of military sexual assault cases."First, I've directed the establishment of ... Read more...

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Top US official appalled by purported Marine video


January 13th, 2012 - 11:27 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 13 (IANS/EFE) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed outrage Thursday over a video that appears to show four Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters ... Read more...

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All US troops out of Iraq


December 18th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS
Kuwait City, Dec 18 (IANS) The last batch of American combat forces in Iraq crossed into neighbouring Kuwait Sunday morning, said the US military.The exit marked the completion of the ... Read more...

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US hopes ties with Pakistan would be mended


December 13th, 2011 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday hoped that the US will be able to mend its strained ties with Pakistan, because a stable relationship with Islamabad ... Read more...

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Pentagon to boost security for team that killed Osama


May 13th, 2011 - 10:50 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 13 (IANS/EFE) The elite military personnel who took part in the May 2 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden are to receive additional ... Read more...

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If Gaddafi stays, American enemies will get emboldened: Rumsfeld


March 28th, 2011 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
Pensacola (Florida, US), Mar. 28 (ANI): Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that if Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi remains in power, it will damage the prestige of the United States ... Read more...

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Donald Rumsfeld says forces in Libya were “confused”


March 24th, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Tripoli, Mar 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Former US Defense Secretary under the George W. Bush administration, Donald Rumsfeld has lashed out at the military strategy of the American forces in Libya.Rumsfeld said the ... Read more...

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It will be “unwise” for allied forces to try to kill Gaddafi: Gates


March 21st, 2011 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that it would be "unwise" on the part of the forces of his country's international allies to try to kill ... Read more...

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Rumsfeld unapologetic about US going to war against Iraq


February 3rd, 2011 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb.3 (ANI): Sounding characteristically tough and defiant in his 800-page autobiography "Known and Unknown," former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remains largely unapologetic about his overall handling of the Iraq ... Read more...

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US hints at renewing nuke talks if ‘right signals’ emanated from North Korea


January 15th, 2011 - 4:24 pm ICT by ANI
Seoul, Jan 15 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has reportedly hinted that America might be willing to renew nuclear talks with North Korea without preconditions, if the right signals emanated from ... Read more...

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US underestimated China’s military modernization: Gates


January 10th, 2011 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 10 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is on a three-day visit to China, has said that his country was surprised by the pace of China's military development, ... Read more...

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US will counter China’s military build-up: Gates


January 9th, 2011 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 9 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is scheduled to reach Beijing on Sunday evening for a three-day visit to China, has said the Pentagon is stepping up ... Read more...

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Pentagon seeks 78 billion dollar defense budget cut


January 7th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 7 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said that Pentagon will seek 78 billion dollars in cuts to the defense budget over the next five years in a ... Read more...

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Gates rules out change in US’ ‘considered’ Afghan war policy


September 24th, 2010 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 24 (ANI): While expressing full confidence in the strategy in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has reportedly rejected assertions that a fractious internal debate had hobbled policy ... Read more...

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Gates says militant havens in Pakistan remain “a major threat” to Afghanistan


September 4th, 2010 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI
Kandahar City, Sept 4 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the terrorists operating out of safe havens in Pakistan remain "a major threat" to Afghanistan, but cooperation between ... Read more...

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Karzai assures “Kabul Bank is safe,” urges Afghans not to panic


September 3rd, 2010 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 3 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assured the his country's citizens that their deposits are safe and urged them not to panic shortly after his brother, a major shareholder ... Read more...

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US seeks to slow down military withdrawal from Afghanistan


August 12th, 2010 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug.12 (ANI): American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer to counter growing pressure on President Obama from inside ... Read more...

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Afghan war logs: Taliban warns it is ‘hunting down informants’


July 30th, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 30 (ANI): The Taliban has warned that it is hunting down Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs on grounds that they were informers for ... Read more...

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‘WikiLeaks’ founder has ‘blood of soldiers on his hands’, says Mullen


July 30th, 2010 - 3:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): United States has asked for FBI's help to inquiry into the leaking of more than 90,000 classified military records on the Afghan war by 'WikiLeaks' website, and accused ... Read more...

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James Mattis named new head U.S. Central Command


July 9th, 2010 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 9 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates named Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the head U.S. Central Command, the post left by Gen. David Petraeus, who assumed command in ... Read more...

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US puts arms sales to Taiwan on hold as goodwill gesture to China


June 30th, 2010 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI
Beijing, June 30 (ANI): The US is holding back arms sales to Taiwan due to effective lobbying from the Chinese mainland."Arms sales are on hold until at least the spring ... Read more...

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Gates criticizes Chinese military for blocking talks in Beijing


June 4th, 2010 - 3:29 pm ICT by ANI
Singapore, June 4 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday accused China's military of impeding relations with the Pentagon, taking exception to its unwillingness to invite him to Beijing during ... Read more...

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US says Iran will take a year or more to build a nuke bomb


April 14th, 2010 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr. 14 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates does not believe Iran is currently capable of building a nuclear bomb, telling reporters Tuesday it may take Iran a year or more ... Read more...

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‘More dark days’, ‘much fighting’ in Afghan war, warns Gates


March 9th, 2010 - 1:17 am ICT by IANS
Kabul, March 8 (DPA) US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Monday that NATO allies would see "more dark days" and "much fighting ahead" in Afghanistan, but insisted that there were also ... Read more...

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US to give Pakistan $1 bn military aid, UAVs


January 22nd, 2010 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 22 (IANS) The US on Friday formally announced $1 billion aid for Pakistan, besides providing unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and state-of-the-art military equipment, but refused to commit itself ... Read more...

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Robert Gates warns India about more terror attacks


January 21st, 2010 - 10:19 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New Delhi, Jan 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned India that it could probably face some more terrorist attacks from terror outfits such as Al-Qaeda and ... Read more...

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Robert Gates Warning On Terrorism


January 21st, 2010 - 7:29 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Jan 21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates has said that terrorism might weaken the relation between India and Pakistan. Terrorism is the main cause of unrest between ... Read more...

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Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates cancel Asia trip to help in the Haiti rescue efforts


January 15th, 2010 - 12:40 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Port-Au-Prince, Jan 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates have canceled the remainder of their Asia-Pacific trip to deal with ... Read more...

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