July 11th, 2012
09:48 PM ET

DoD's China report too skimpy, House Republicans say

Update 7/12:  Pentagon spokesman George Little said the page limit directive has been rescinded.

By Larry Shaughnessy

Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, led a group of Republicans in a news conference Wednesday to attack the Department of Defense over the brevity of a report about China's military.

The report is 19 pages long with and additional 33 pages of appendixes.

"I think that is outrageous," said McKeon, R-California. "We can't do our job if the department doesn't give us adequate information to do the things that we are required to do."

The DoD is required by law to report to Congress about China's military. Last year's report was 84 pages long with appendices.

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Filed under: China • McKeon • Republican
July 11th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Pentagon: Iran improving its missile capabilities

By Mike Mount

Iran is steadily improving its missile capability and could be able to test a missile that could reach the U.S. shores within three years, according to a new Pentagon report assessing the status of the Iranian military.

"Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing systems with accuracy improvements and new submuntion payloads," which allows missiles to drop explosives over a wider area causing more destruction, according to the report.

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The missiles were part of war game exercises conducted by Iran last week. Iran's government said it was testing missiles capable of hitting U.S. bases around the Middle East.

"During the war games, long-range, medium-range and short-range missiles will be used and will be fired from different points across the country," which an Iranian spokesman said was designed to test the precision and efficiency of the warhead and missile systems.


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Filed under: Iran • Pentagon • Security Clearance on TV
July 11th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Accused model airplane terrorist accepts plea deal

by the CNN Wire Staff

The man accused of plotting to use model airplanes loaded with explosives to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol agreed Tuesday to a plea deal.

Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old from Ashland, Massachusetts, will plead guilty to two of the six charges against him and faces 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, will plead guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda for attacks on U.S. troops overseas, authorities said.

A change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for July 20 in Boston. FULL POST

Filed under: Lone wolf • Terrorism
July 11th, 2012
05:55 AM ET

Congressman criticizes top U.S. general over Afghan hospital

By Larry Shaughnessy

The United States has spent more than $100 million on a huge hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, for treatment of Afghans wounded in the current war. On Tuesday, a congressional subcommittee held a hearing about what one member called the "horrendous neglect and abuse of patients" at the facility.

Another congressman blamed one of America's top generals, William Caldwell, for the problem.

The Dawood National Military Hospital is run by Afghans but virtually all the funding comes from the United States and the United States and other allies staff the hospital with doctors, nurses and other medical experts who "mentor" the Afghans providing the treatment.

Air Force Col. Schuyler Geller is a doctor who was the senior U.S. commander for the mentors at the hospital in 2010. Now retired, he said last week that almost from the time he arrived at Dawood, he saw problems.

Enemy to U.S. troops but not on the terror list
Weapons seized from a Haqqani network camp in Afghanistan
July 11th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Enemy to U.S. troops but not on the terror list

By Jamie Crawford

Responsible for the deaths of American and NATO troops, and multiple attacks on embassies and other infrastructure in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network would seem to fit the bill as a foreign terrorist organization.

For some, that designation is a long overdue.

"Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress agree that the Haqqani Network is a violent terrorist organization and grave threat to our security," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan said in a statement last month when he introduced a bill that would call on the Obama administration to designate the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

"The Haqqanis are responsible for killing hundreds of our troops, and their indiscriminate attacks have also murdered countless innocent Afghan men, women, and children."


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Haqqani Network • ISI • Pakistan