Kerry: U.S. ties with Egypt 'vital'
November 3rd, 2013
08:52 AM ET

Kerry: U.S. ties with Egypt 'vital'

By CNN Staff

U.S. ties with Egypt go deeper than aid, America's top diplomat said Sunday.

"Let me make it clear here today: President Obama and the American people support the people of Egypt," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

"We believe this is a vital relationship."

Kerry's visit marked the highest-level U.S. official trip to Egypt since former President Mohamed Morsy's ouster in July. It was also his first trip to the country since the U.S. suspended significant military aid to Egypt over the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • Secretary of State
Military to extend same-sex marriage benefits
August 14th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Military to extend same-sex marriage benefits

(CNN) - The Pentagon will permit members of the military to travel to wed same-sex partners if the community or state where they are based does not permit it, a key element of a new benefits policy unveiled Wednesday.

The Defense Department announced its intention to extended health, housing and other benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and defense civilian employees.
FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: DADT • Military • Military life • Obama • Pentagon • Security Brief
Suspect in Libya may have played Benghazi role, congressman says
March 17th, 2013
05:19 PM ET

Suspect in Libya may have played Benghazi role, congressman says

By CNN Staff

The United States has "pretty good indications" that a man now held in Libya may have been involved in the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN last week that the FBI had been able to question a man identified by sources as Faraj al-Shibli. But it was still not clear what role, if any, al-Shibli may have played in the September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A source briefed by Western intelligence officials said al-Shibli had recently returned to Libya from Pakistan.

"We're not sure yet," U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, told CNN's State of the Union. But. Rogers added, "we have pretty good indications that he is, at least, highly suspected of being involved."

FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: Benghazi • Libya • Rep. Mike Rogers
Afghanistan's Karzai agrees to new deadline for prison handover
Newly-freed Afghan prisoners walks after a ceremony handing over the Bagram prison to Afghan authorities, at the US airbase in Bagram north of Kabul on September 10, 2012.
March 17th, 2013
05:11 PM ET

Afghanistan's Karzai agrees to new deadline for prison handover

By CNN Staff

There's a new one-week deadline for handing over control of a U.S.-run detention center near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities, Afghanistan's president said Sunday.

On Sunday, Hamid Karzai's office said in a statement that he had agreed to a request from U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for one week "to carry out the full handover the prison."

"President Karzai agreed with the new time request and reminded Secretary Hagel that the transfer has been delayed several times in the past and that this time, the handover should take place," the statement said.

FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: Afghanistan • Karzai
December 4th, 2012
03:54 AM ET

Iran claims seizure of U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

A unit from Iran's navy has captured a U.S. drone flying over the Persian Gulf, according to Iranian state media reports Tuesday.

The drone, which was collecting data, was captured immediately after entering Iranian airspace, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is cited as saying by the state-run news agency IRNA.

Read more: A dangerous new world of drones

However, a U.S. defense official, who could not be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media, told CNN that whatever the Iranians claim to have, it is not an actively operating U.S. Navy drone.

"The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space," the source said.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: drones • Iran
Petraeus scandal figure to lose 'honorary consul' title, South Korean official says
South Korea is stripping Jill Kelley of her title, which carries no official responsibility.
November 27th, 2012
02:48 AM ET

Petraeus scandal figure to lose 'honorary consul' title, South Korean official says

South Korea is stripping the title of "honorary consul" from Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite embroiled in the scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus, a South Korean official said Monday.

Kelley will lose that designation after a New York businessman accused her of trying to use the honorary title to solicit business, Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun told the semi-official South Korean news agency Yonhap.

"It's not suitable to the status of honorary consul that (she) sought to be involved in commercial projects and peddle influence. It's also inappropriate as honorary consul," Yonhap quoted Kim as telling South Korean reporters during a visit to Washington.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Petraeus • South Korea
November 27th, 2012
02:38 AM ET

Turkey, NATO to scout locations for missile protection from Syria

A NATO reconnaissance team is expected to survey the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday to prepare for the possible deployment of Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries along the frontier.

Turkey has turned against its former ally, asking its fellow NATO members last week for Patriot missiles to bolster its air defenses because of several Turkish deaths blamed on Syrian forces.

A delegation of Turkish and NATO officials is scheduled to begin a site survey Tuesday to determine where to deploy the batteries, the Turkish military said Monday.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: NATO • Syria • Turkey
Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan under investigation
November 13th, 2012
02:46 AM ET

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan under investigation

The spiraling scandal that took down David Petraeus has apparently claimed another powerful general, as authorities announced that Gen. John Allen is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley, a woman who has been linked to the Petraeus scandal.

Allen, who is the commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, has disputed that he has committed any wrongdoing, a senior defense official said.

Details of the latest angle of the scandal that has shaken the highest level of the military were sketchy early Tuesday morning.

Some details about Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, came from a terse overnight statement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (or ISAF) in Afghanistan," part of the statement said. "Today, the secretary directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation."

A defense official told CNN that there is a"distinct possibility" that the investigation into Allen is connected to the investigation that led to the resignation of Petraeus.

Allen will still retain his position as the commander of ISAF as the investigation continues, the Pentagon said.

But Panetta asked that Allen's nomination to become NATO's supreme allied commander be put on hold, the statement said.

The confirmation hearing to see if Allen would get that lofty military post was scheduled for Thursday.

The investigation was in its early stages but authorities were looking into some 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents, the defense official said.

Russia fights claim that Syria is using Russian-made cluster bombs
A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque. Opposition activists reported that the 12th-century mosque was set afire during heavy fighting on Saturday, October 13.
October 15th, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Russia fights claim that Syria is using Russian-made cluster bombs

The war in Syria has prompted another war of words internationally, with Russia slamming a report that accuses the Syrian air force used Russian-made cluster bombs on rebels.

"There is no confirmation to this. ... There are loads of weapons in this region, including in Syria and other countries of the region, and arms are supplied there in large quantities and illegally," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, according to Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.

Citing witnesses and videos, Human Rights Watch released a report Sunday saying Syrian government forces were using cluster bombs - explosives that can kill or disfigure anyone hit by its fragments.

The report says the cluster bombs are Soviet-made, though it does not state how or when Syria allegedly acquired them.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Russia • Syria
Tensions flare between Syria, Turkey; Romney supports arming rebels
A Syrian demonstrator shouts during an anti-regime protest in Aleppo on Friday. Tensions rippled across Turkey a day after Syrian shells struck a Turkish border town and killed five people.
October 8th, 2012
05:37 AM ET

Tensions flare between Syria, Turkey; Romney supports arming rebels

After days of Syrian projectiles falling across the border into Turkey, tensions - and carnage - are mounting on both sides of the border.

The stray shelling has prompted Turkey to respond with threats and weapons fire, fueling concerns that the Syrian civil war will bleed into a greater regional battle.

Here are the latest developments in the 19-month Syrian crisis.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Syria • Turkey
« older posts