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Dec 16, 2010

Despite bloodshed, Obama touts Afghan war progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama offered Americans an optimistic assessment of the Afghanistan war on Thursday, even as U.S. spy agencies and aid groups express doubts about the progress amid worsening violence.

Obama, under pressure to show results after criticizing his predecessor George W. Bush for neglecting the war, said the United States was on track to start pulling out troops next July as planned. He offered no details on the pace of those withdrawals.

Dec 15, 2010

Why Obama needs good news on Afghan war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama delivers the results of his Afghan war review on Thursday, he will recommit to a strategy that threatens to estrange him even further from a large part of his political base.

They are already angry with him over a series of big legislative and public policy issues, a losing election campaign season and a tax deal he has brokered with rival Republicans.

Dec 15, 2010

Analysis: Why Obama needs good news on Afghan war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama delivers the results of his Afghan war review on Thursday, he will recommit to a strategy that threatens to estrange him even further from a large part of his political base.

They are already angry with him over a series of big legislative and public policy issues, a losing election campaign season and a tax deal he has brokered with rival Republicans.

Dec 1, 2010

U.S. military study gives green light to end gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon unveiled a study on Tuesday that predicted little impact if the U.S. military ended its ban on gays, bolstering President Barack Obama’s push to get Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by year-end.

Gay rights activists swiftly applauded the study, which dismissed or minimized concerns among some U.S. lawmakers and up to a third of the military about ending the policy.

Nov 30, 2010

One military network cut off from cables

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department has cut off a U.S. military computer network from its database of diplomatic cables after WikiLeaks obtained more than 250,000 such cables, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the system was the U.S. military’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, known as SIPRNet, believed to have been the ultimate source for the cables obtained by the whistleblower website.

Nov 30, 2010

Military can safely end ban on gays: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A repeal of the Pentagon’s ban on openly serving gays can be implemented now, even in wartime, with little risk to the military’s ability to do its job, according to a Defense Department study released on Tuesday.

The results of the study dismissed or minimized concerns raised in Congress and some quarters of the military against President Barack Obama’s plans to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy — hopefully by the end of the year.

Nov 30, 2010

U.S. military can safely end ban on gays – study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A repeal of the Pentagon’s ban on openly serving gays can be implemented now, even in wartime, with little risk to the U.S. military’s ability to do its job, according to a Defence Department study released on Tuesday.

The results of the study dismissed or minimized concerns raised in Congress and some quarters of the military against President Barack Obama’s plans to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy — hopefully by the end of the year.

Nov 29, 2010

U.S. to tighten security after WikiLeaks disclosure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House ordered tighter security on Monday to prevent leaks like the release of more than 250,000 State Department cables that have embarrassed the U.S. government and some of its allies.

Sunday’s release of documents obtained by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks exposed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy in recent years, including candid assessments of world leaders and disclosures on issues such as Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Nov 29, 2010

Saudi king urged US to attack Iran-leaked documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear program and China directed cyberattacks on the United States, according to a vast cache of U.S. diplomatic cables released on Sunday in an embarrassing leak that undermines U.S. diplomacy.

The more than 250,000 documents, given to five media groups by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, provide candid and at times critical views of foreign leaders as well as sensitive information on terrorism and nuclear proliferation filed by U.S. diplomats, according to The New York Times.

Nov 29, 2010

Saudi king urged U.S. to attack Iran: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran’s nuclear program and China directed cyberattacks on the United States, according to a vast cache of U.S. diplomatic cables released on Sunday in an embarrassing leak that undermines U.S. diplomacy.

The more than 250,000 documents, given to five media groups by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, provide candid, tart views of foreign leaders and sensitive information on terrorism and nuclear proliferation filed by U.S. diplomats, according to The New York Times.