Category: Pentagon

Pentagon and State Dep. Said to propose arming Ukraine

The Pentagon and State Department have proposed to the White House a plan to supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and other arms, according to Defense Department officials. The proposed transfer — which also would include antiaircraft arms that would be defined as defensive weaponry — comes as fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists has […]

U.S.-backed rebels give gear to al-Qaeda group in Syria

U.S.-trained rebels handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group shortly after arriving in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday, the latest blow to a Pentagon program that has been plagued by problems since its inception. The rebels surrendered six pickup trucks and ammunition to an Nusra Front “intermediary,” the Pentagon said in […]

AP Source: Hagel resigning as Defense Secretary

Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his service.” Hagel, a former […]

The U.S. still seeks regime change in Syria by any means

Syrian rebels attend a U.S. training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The main purpose of what the United States is doing in the Middle East is to achieve regime change in Syria by any means necessary, an American political commentator says. Eric Draitser, the founder of StopImperialism.com, made the […]

U.S. arms Syria rebels & Kurds; Turkey opens border?

The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near Kobane on Oct. 19, in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and […]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange develops heart defect

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has developed a life threatening heart defect and a chronic lung condition during his years confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in southwest London, according to a report. 43-year-old Assange is unable to get hospital treatment because he fears he will be arrested by police if he leaves the embassy, The Telegraph […]

Israel took U.S. weapons “without approval” of White House

State Department: No change in policy, not “surprised” by arms shipments to Israel, additional review in process After months of worsening tensions, the US-Israeli diplomatic relationship has reached new lows, with the White House and State Department last month tightening the reins on arms transfers to Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, and blocking […]

UK minister says F-35 jets may miss RIAT air show this week

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet may miss the Royal International Air Tattoo air show this week given a fleet-wide grounding ordered after an engine failure last month. But Hammond told a conference in London on Wednesday that he was “still optimistic” that the new warplane would be […]

Pentagon: Russian fighter repeatedly flew over US destroyer

A Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a U.S. ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, condemning the action at a time of heightened U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine. “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with their national protocols and previous agreements on the professional […]

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