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Jun 13, 2015

U.S. sends six Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman for resettlement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six Yemenis held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Oman for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in President Barack Obama’s slow push to close the facility.

The release came a week after Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was working with the White House on a proposal for Congress on shutting the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where most prisoners have been held without charges or trial.

Jun 13, 2015

Exclusive: U.S.-Cuba deal expected in early July to restore ties, reopen embassies – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba in early July to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The two sides hope to conclude the deal by the first week of next month, clearing the way for Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Havana soon afterwards for a flag-raising ceremony to upgrade the U.S. Interests Section to a full-scale embassy, the sources said.

Jun 10, 2015

U.S. prepares plans for more troops, new base in Iraq: officials

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States is expected to announce on Wednesday plans for a new military base in Iraq’s Anbar province and the deployment of around 400 additional U.S. trainers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, a U.S. official said.

The plan would expand the 3,100-strong U.S. contingent of trainers and advisers in Iraq and would mark an adjustment in strategy for President Barack Obama, who is facing mounting criticism for not being tougher in combating Islamic State.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985 – U.S. official

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S.
government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included
security clearance information and background checks dating back
three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the
scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal
networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel
Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama
administration, which said records of up to 4 million current
and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 5, 2015

Data hacked from federal government dates back to 1985: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. quietly starts channeling arms from $1.6 billion fund to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last year, officials said, following mounting Iraqi frustration over the pace of coalition assistance.

The Pentagon said long-awaited equipment from the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) started being fielded about two weeks ago and was moving as fast as possible. Officials noted extensive, previous arms transfers under different U.S. authorities.

Jun 5, 2015

Massive cyber attack hits U.S. federal workers; probe focuses on China

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Hackers broke into U.S.
government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of
4 million current and former federal employees, and
investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in
China, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies’
high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management suffered
what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information
ever on government workers. The office handles employee records
and security clearances.

Jun 4, 2015

Cyber attack hits 4 million current, former U.S. federal workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers breached the computers of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and media reports said authorities suspected it originated in China.

May 21, 2015

Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide.

Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the center of President Barack Obama’s strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011.

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