Top commander concerned over books that could 'expose sensitive information'
August 24th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

Top commander concerned over books that could 'expose sensitive information'

The top U.S.military special operations officer is concerned that sensitive information could be released by former special operations troops looking to "advance their personal or professional agendas."

Adm. William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, sent a blunt message late Thursday night to 63,000 special operations forces under his command, after the name of the anonymous author of an upcoming book on the Osama bin Laden raid was identified.

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Iran’s expanding nuclear program: the pink tarp that spells trouble
August 24th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Iran’s expanding nuclear program: the pink tarp that spells trouble

By Tim Lister

The satellite image shows large pink tarpaulins pulled across two buildings. Close by, it appears that topsoil has been moved and a security fence taken down. The image, taken earlier this week and provided to CNN by DigitalGlobe, is of an Iranian military facility at Parchin, one widely suspected by Western diplomats as a secret part of the country’s nuclear program.

It’s one of several developments on Iran’s nuclear program that worry experts - others being: the failure of another round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iranian officials; reports that Iran has increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium; and a drumbeat of warnings from Israel that diplomacy and sanctions aren’t working.

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Congressman continues drumbeat on controversial intel system
August 24th, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Congressman continues drumbeat on controversial intel system

By Mike Mount, Senior National Security Producer

Congressman Duncan Hunter stepped up his push for answers this week about why Pentagon staffers denied soldiers in Afghanistan access to a preferred anti-roadside bomb software in favor of a system some believe to be less effective.

The California Republican sent a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh on Thursday asking for another investigation into the matter. The letter follows a request by Hunter last month for the House Oversight Committee to look into the Army's actions.

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August 24th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Iran's new super-fast naval gunships

The aircraft carrier the USS Stennis will start heading back to the Middle East next week, returning ahead of schedule to meet any new threats from Iran. The move comes amid tensions over Iran's nuclear program and new signs that Iran is boosting its own naval capability. CNN senior international correspondent Dan Rivers has the details.


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