A stolen pick-up truck driven by an Afghan civilian careened into a ditch at the Camp Bastion airbase around the same time that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s plane was landing at the Afghan airbase. The driver, but not the vehicle, reportedly burst into flames. The driver was apprehended and hospitalized on base. Although the incident [...]
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Wednesday, according to Reuters. The Secretary’s visit comes amid an uneasy time for U.S.-Afghan relations. On Sunday, a U.S. soldier systematically killed 16 Afghan civilians, including 9 children. Prior to that, coalition forces faced protests for inadvertently burning religious materials as well as a video [...]
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta emphasized Tuesday that the U.S. should to continue its mission as planned, despite Sunday’s attacks.
“The incident is currently under investigation by two delegations assigned by President Karzai and they will report back to the President as soon as possible,” the Afghan Embassy in Washington, D.C. says.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for airstrikes in Syria from the Senate floor Monday, a similar position he took during the early days of the Libyan civil war. However, Syria is no Libya, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers during an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Panetta explained that that unilateral intervention [...]
Although President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he does not support aiding anti-Assad forces with unilateral military intervention in Syria, the administration has reportedly prepared for the unlikely possibility. “The President of the United States through the national security staff has asked us to begin a commanders’ estimate, an estimate [...]
An man believed to be in the Afghan National Army was involved in the shooting deaths of two coalition soldiers in Southern Afghanistan Thursday. A statement from ISAF says that the man, who was dressed in uniform, and another in civilian garb opened fire indiscriminately against both coalition and Afghan forces. The report comes shortly [...]
General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and highest ranking officer in the U.S. military, defended his recent claim that Iran is a rational actor on the world stage during an appearance before Congress Wednesday. “The alternative is almost unimaginable,” Dempsey told the House Budget Committee. “The alternative is that we [...]
With the possibility of a military strike against Iran in the backdrop, Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon Wednesday. While Iran was on the table, the conversation reportedly also focused on ongoing turmoil across the region and the ongoing crisis in Syria. “Their regular meetings provide them [...]