July 19th, 2011
07:32 PM ET

Soldiers becoming the Martha Stewarts of the warzone

Army Special Operations Forces are some of the toughest guys you will find out there on the front lines. But now are they turning into the Martha Stewarts of the warzone?

The US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg is getting into the business of cooking and we don't mean the latest offerings on the chow line. The folks at Fort Bragg have put out a notice they are looking for someone to teach a course called "Afghanistan Cooking Techniques" to the troops before they deploy.

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Pentagon podium gets new faces
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with Jt. Chiefs Chmn Gen. Mike Mullen at the Pentagon Photo by: Department of Defense
July 19th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

Pentagon podium gets new faces

Remember the old jingle - double your pleasure, double your fun?

That’s what Pentagon reporters were thinking today with the announcement of not just one new briefer – but two.

The former press secretary, Geoff Morrell, the natty dresser and occasionally combative press secretary, stepped aside after his boss, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, departed at the end of June.

Now the new Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, is bringing his public affairs aide over from the CIA, George Little.

And Navy Captain John Kirby, now the spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, will move over to become a second public affairs spokesman when Mullen retires this fall.

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U.S. musters response to 'staggering hunger' in Horn of Africa
Displaced people at Dadaab Refuge Camp, Kenya Photo By: Getty Images
July 19th, 2011
04:37 PM ET

U.S. musters response to 'staggering hunger' in Horn of Africa

Severe drought, crop failure, livestock deaths, soaring food prices and armed conflict are forcing millions of people in the Horn of Africa to flee their homes, creating what U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development officials Tuesday described as "staggering hunger," with more than 11 million people now in need of emergency assistance.

The drought, officials say, is the most severe in 60 years and is expected to get worse, pushing many more families into desperate searches for food and protection.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Diplomacy • Foreign Policy • Somalia • Terrorism
Lawyers for USS Cole bombing suspect ask govt to drop death penalty case
USS Cole being towed from Port of Aden, Yemen 10/29/2000 photo by: Sgt. Don L. Maes/AFP/Getty Images
July 19th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Lawyers for USS Cole bombing suspect ask govt to drop death penalty case

Lawyers for a terror suspect detained at Guantanamo - linked by authorities to the bombing of the USS Cole - say his waterboarding and other mistreatment plus delays in his case should force the government to halt his pending military trial and possible death sentence.

The government says Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al-Nashiri was the mastermind behind the 2000 bombing that crippled the U.S. warship and killed 17 sailors.

Al-Nashiri's lawyers have filed a brief with the military commission asking that the proceedings stop.

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Clinton to Pakistan: safe havens for terrorists won't be tolerated
US Secy of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna at New Delhi press conference Photo by: AFP/Getty Images
July 19th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

Clinton to Pakistan: safe havens for terrorists won't be tolerated

At a joint news conference with India’s Foreign Minister, S. M. Krishna, in New Delhi, India Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned India’s neighbor, Pakistan, that safe havens for terrorists “cannot be tolerated anywhere.”

Asked by a U.S. reporter whether she thinks Pakistan is doing enough to combat terrorism, Clinton said “We do not believe there are any terrorists who should be given safe haven or a free pass by any government because, left unchecked, the consequences of that kind of terrorist activity and intimidation can become very difficult to manage and control.”

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