The battle over cutting U.S. nuclear arsenal
An unarmed operational test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2010.
February 17th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

The battle over cutting U.S. nuclear arsenal

By Jamie Crawford

The Pentagon is currently analyzing U.S. nuclear options under the Nuclear Posture Review Implementation Study - a process that could result in significant cuts in the number of warheads. And one senior Republican senator is sounding a warning.

"Obviously this is going to create a huge stir in Congress," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said during a keynote address Thursday at a nuclear deterrence summit in Arlington, Virginia. "We will have a battle royal in Congress if the president moves forward with these kinds of plans."

As recently as last month, the Defense Department did not discount the possibility of further cuts to its arsenal eventually.

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February 17th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Cries for help unanswered

There is no international agreement yet on how to get humanitarian aid into Syria. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the different options and the difficulties that surround each of them.

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U.S., E.U cautiously optimistic on Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton at the State Department Friday.
February 17th, 2012
03:09 PM ET

U.S., E.U cautiously optimistic on Iran

By Elise Labott

The United States and European Union Friday expressed cautious optimism that Iran is serious about returning to nuclear talks with world powers.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they were weighing Iran offer to talk as soon as possible with the so-called P5 plus one group of nations..

In a letter to Ashton sent Tuesday, Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili voiced Iranian's willingness for resuming talks in a letter to the Ashton.

We voice our readiness for dialogue on a spectrum of various issues, which can provide ground for constructive and forward-looking cooperation," Jalili wrote.
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February 17th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

Police say suicide attack on Capitol foiled

From Carol Cratty

U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.

The man received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

The man was arrested as soon as he accepted the vest from undercover officers, the federal law-enforcement source said.
The man had been closely monitored as part of a lengthy and extensive undercover operation, police said, adding U.S. Capitol Police had been "intimately" involved in the investigation.

The public was never in danger, police said.
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Filed under: FBI • Homeland Security • Terrorism
February 17th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

Marines visit wounded buddies

By Barbara Starr and Jennifer Rizzo

"Hey my man! My man! How you doing? "What's up brother?"

A jumble of voices, emotions, hugs and tears fill the hospital room of Marine Cpl. Christian Brown as fellow Marines from his Bravo Company enter. They haven't seen Brown since December when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan and was evacuated by helicopter under fire.

CNN was given exclusive access to this reunion of the Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines Regimental Combat Team at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Some 170 Marines from the company returned from a seven-month tour of duty last month. During the tour, one Marine was killed and 16 Marines were seriously wounded. Capt. Paul Tremblay, the company commander, organized the reunion because he thought it would help his men, and himself, heal from the trauma of seeing so many injured.
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