Cyber chief warns of rising danger from cyber attacks
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July 9th, 2012
07:13 PM ET

Cyber chief warns of rising danger from cyber attacks

By Suzanne Kelly

In a rare public appearance Monday, the head of the country's Cyber Command warned that the nature of cyberattacks is changing and becoming more dangerous.

Gen. Keith Alexander also talked about the economic toll that cyberintrusions are taking on American business, saying that for every intrusion detected by the FBI, there are 100 others that remain undetected.

"The probability for crisis is mounting," said Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency. He told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington that he was concerned about the changing nature of the threat from disruptive to destructive attacks and that the numbers of cyber attacks against business and critical infrastructure are on the rise. FULL POST

July 9th, 2012
07:04 PM ET

Syrian launches war games during revolt

New and alarming developments in the middle east.
Get this: Syria's leader actually blames the United States for undermining peace efforts in his country. Bashar Al-Assad accuses the U.S. of supporting "terrorists" - that's his word - who are fighting to overthrow him.
Not only that, the syrians are conducting war games right now.

Filed under: Assad • Iran • Syria
July 9th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Talking with the Taliban

Despite condemning a video that shows the execution of an Afghan woman accused of adultery, the Obama administration is defending its policy of talking with elements of the Taliban as a way to bring peace to Afghanistan. Begun in secret over a year ago, the talks broke off earlier this year. CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty reports.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Security Clearance on TV • Taliban
July 9th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

WATCH: Sneak peak of Farnborough

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee gets a sneak peek at what's hot at this year's Farnborough International Airshow.

Filed under: Defense Spending
July 9th, 2012
06:38 AM ET

Deadly weekend in Afghanistan

Six U.S. troops were killed by an improvised explosive device Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said.

A total of eight international troops were killed over the weekend, according to ISAF.

The latest attacks came the same day diplomats from around the world convened in Tokyo to discuss Afghanistan's future, including what kind of international assistance the war-torn nation will receive going forward.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said donors at the conference pledged about $16 billion for Afghanistan over four years, a figure that doesn't include money from the United States since any foreign aid must be approved by Congress.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan on Sunday, officials reported at least 26 people killed around the country in roadside bombings.

At least 14 people - including women and children - died when bombs detonated around the tractor and truck that they were riding on in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said. Three others were wounded in that blast.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Military