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Mar 19, 2011

U.S. says five-nation coalition launched Libya strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and British ships and submarines launched missile strikes against Libya on Saturday, officials said, as the West began a first phase of its military operations to force Muammar Gaddafi from power.

Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, director of the U.S. military’s Joint Staff, said over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles had struck more than 20 Libyan air defence sites starting at 1500 EST/1900

Mar 19, 2011

U.S. stresses supporting role as air strikes start in Libya

BRASILIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces joined those of four other countries in launching military action against Libya on Saturday, and President Barack Obama said U.S. involvement was limited and only in support of an international effort.

The United States, France, Britain, Canada and Italy began launching strikes designed to cripple Muammar Gaddafi’s air defenses, as the West tries to force the Libyan leader from power. At least some Arab nations are expected to join the coalition later.

Mar 18, 2011

U.S. military hopes deterrence succeeds in Libya

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – The Pentagon, skeptical of
military action in Libya, may be hoping an aggressive posture
and threats of air strikes will be enough to change Muammar
Gaddafi’s calculus and avoid dragging already stretched U.S.
forces in another war.

Former officials and analysts said the U.S. military may be
betting that U.N. backing of a no-fly zone, perhaps combined
with limited air or missile strikes, will induce Gaddafi to
stop his forces from attacking civilians without requiring
further military action.

Mar 16, 2011

CIA denouement likely to leave scars for US, Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA contractor Raymond Davis may no longer be locked in a Pakistani jail, but the diplomatic storm unleashed by his arrest will likely leave scars on a fragile relationship central to U.S. security.

A Pakistani court acquitted Davis, who shot and killed two men in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Jan. 27 in what he said was a robbery attempt, of murder charges and released him on Wednesday after what some officials said was a deal that involved paying “blood money” to the victims’ families.

Mar 16, 2011

Analysis:CIA denouement likely to leave scars for U.S., Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA contractor Raymond Davis may no longer be locked in a Pakistani jail, but the diplomatic storm unleashed by his arrest will likely leave scars on a fragile relationship central to U.S. security.

A Pakistani court acquitted Davis, who shot and killed two men in the Pakistani city of Lahore on January 27 in what he said was a robbery attempt, of murder charges and released him on Wednesday after what some officials said was a deal that involved paying “blood money” to the victims’ families.

Mar 15, 2011

Petraeus: tough spring ahead, but Afghan drawdown on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan delivered an optimistic assessment of the unpopular war on Tuesday, telling lawmakers his troops will continue to make headway against Taliban insurgents even with a drawdown of American troops set to begin in July.

General David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since becoming Afghanistan commander last year, reiterated the Pentagon’s message that President Barack Obama’s decision to deploy an extra 30,000 troops succeeded in winning key territory away from the Taliban.

Mar 11, 2011

U.S. warns NATO nations against rushed Afghan exit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States warned European nations on Friday against a precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan that could threaten the headway made in turning back a tenacious Taliban insurgency.

“Frankly, there is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a ministerial meeting.

Mar 10, 2011

NATO to move ships but delays Libya no-fly zone

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Thursday it would move ships closer to Libya in response to persistent violence there but a no-fly zone would require more planning, a United Nations mandate and strong Arab support.

NATO ministers also agreed that a no-fly zone, sought by Libyan rebels to ward off attacks by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, would require a “demonstrable need.”

Mar 9, 2011

U.S. seeks surge success from lethal Afghan outpost

SANGIN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Five months ago, when U.S. Marines took over this sandbagged outpost in Sangin, deep in southern Afghanistan’s Taliban country, they were pounded by insurgent fire every time they stepped foot off base.

Since Colonel Jason Morris’s Marines replaced British soldiers at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam last fall, 29 of his men from the Marine 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, have been killed.

Mar 8, 2011

Karzai steps up criticism during Gates trip

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai stepped up criticism of Western institutions and military forces on Tuesday, accusing them of hampering his government and causing unacceptable civilian casualties.

The criticism came on the second day of a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates intended to assess security progress but clouded by Afghan anger over the mistaken killing of nine boys in a NATO air strike last week.

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