BREAKING Iran lines up behind North Korea, warns the US of “great losses”
Tehran’s intercession in the Korean crisis on the side of its ally in Pyongyang was predictable, even though the US preferrs to ignore the close interrelations between the two allies.
And so, on Friday, April 5, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri stepped forward to point the finger at Washington:
BEIRUT (AP) — The funeral for Lebanon’s slain intelligence chief descended into chaos Sunday as soldiers fired tear gas at protesters who tried to storm the government palace, directing their rage at a leadership they consider puppets of a murderous Syrian regime.
The assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan in a massive car bomb Friday threatens to shatter the fragile political balance in Lebanon, a country plagued by decades of strife [...]
Two Nato officers have been killed in the interior ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul, coalition officials say.
The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said an “individual” had turned his gun on the officers.
Afghan security officials said those killed were an American colonel and major. Local media reports suggest the incident followed a “verbal clash”.
The incident comes amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the [...]
The Department of Defense is reviewing the Air Force’s investigation into a deadly F-22 jet crash that claimed the life of fighter pilot Capt. Jeff Haney — a crash that the Air Force blamed on Haney, despite a malfunction that caused his oxygen system to shut off mid-flight.
Launched by the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the assessment aims to make sure the Air Force adhered to proper procedures during their investigation of [...]
House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats will have a rare moment in the spotlight Friday at a hearing they demanded on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Approval of the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline has risen to the top of Republicans’ agenda. But Democrats will work at the hearing to undercut GOP claims about the benefits of the pipeline and express their support for President Obama’s decision to reject the project.
Rep. Henry Waxman [...]
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan on Saturday accusedNATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country’s northwest and killing 24 soldiers.Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboringAfghanistan.
The incident before dawn Saturday was a major blow to already strained relations between Islamabad and U.S.-led forces fighting in Afghanistan. It will add to perceptions in Pakistan that the American [...]
Canadian troops have had a presence in Aghanistan since 2002
Canadian troops have begun to return home from Afghanistan, as the country’s nine-year combat mission comes to a close.
At a flag-lowering ceremony on Tuesday, troops officially handed over control of their last district to US forces.
Canada’s 2,800 troops are mandated by parliament to return home in 2011.
Other countries have also announced troop withdrawals, but the Canadians are the [...]
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina’s Parris Island.
Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, who is also known as the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, takes charge Friday at the installation south of Beaufort.
Parris Island graduates about 20,000 [...]
By MIKE ALLEN
P.J. Crowley is out as the department’s chief spokesman after his Defense Dept. critique. | AP Photo
P.J. Crowley is out as chief spokesman at the State Department after he publicly criticized the Defense Department’s handling of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, a senior administration official said Sunday.
Crowley, a respected National Security Council spokesman under President Bill Clinton, has been on the outs with Secretary of State Hillary [...]