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Sep 12, 2013

U.S. seeks quick proof Syria ready to abandon chemical weapons

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States will insist that Syria take rapid steps to show it is serious about abandoning its vast chemical arsenal, senior U.S. officials said, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Thursday for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Among the first steps Washington wants, one U.S. official said, is for the government of Bashar al-Assad to quickly make a complete, public declaration of its chemical weapons stockpiles as a prelude to inspecting and neutralizing them.

Aug 29, 2013

Exclusive: Pentagon opens criminal probe of Russian helicopter deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has opened a criminal investigation of an Army aviation unit that awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to Russian and U.S. firms for maintenance and overhaul of Russian-made helicopters, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investigation, which has not been made public before, is led by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Investigators are examining potentially improper payments by the Army aviation office to contractors as well as possible personal connections between members of the Army unit and the contractors, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Aug 29, 2013

Strike on Syria could trigger retaliatory attacks, cyberwar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s a truism often repeated in the Pentagon and across the U.S. security establishment: In war, the enemy gets a vote.

A U.S.-led cruise missile attack on Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, which seems increasingly likely in the coming days, could provoke reprisals from Damascus and its backers, ranging from retaliatory missile strikes to terrorist attacks and cyberwar, according to government officials and private analysts.

Aug 29, 2013

Analysis: Strike on Syria could trigger retaliatory attacks, cyberwar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s a truism often repeated in the Pentagon and across the U.S. security establishment: In war, the enemy gets a vote.

A U.S.-led cruise missile attack on Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, which seems increasingly likely in the coming days, could provoke reprisals from Damascus and its backers, ranging from retaliatory missile strikes to terrorist attacks and cyberwar, according to government officials and private analysts.

Aug 13, 2013

Kerry works to prevent settlement dispute from harming Mideast talks

BRASILIA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought on Tuesday to prevent the fracturing of his Middle East peace initiative, which faces its greatest threat to date from a series of Israeli announcements of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Even as he was making his first visit to South America as secretary of state, Kerry reached out to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority a day before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are due to resume in Jerusalem.

Aug 12, 2013

Kerry backs peace talks during visit to U.S. ally Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised strong U.S. backing for peace talks aimed at ending Colombia’s half-century of conflict, calling the country a success story in a world where many states have failed or are failing.

“The United States of America will support that peace,” Kerry said after talks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. sees hope in Iranian president-elect, but still cautious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is signaling its hopes for an easing of nuclear tensions after Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani takes office, but holding off on substantive moves until the moderate cleric shows a willingness to negotiate seriously.

Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator and veteran of Iran’s 1979 revolution who will be inaugurated on Sunday, has pledged domestic reforms and more international engagement, in an apparent break from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies.

Jul 31, 2013

Manning damage has fallen well short of worst U.S. fears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Accused of the nation’s biggest-ever security leak, Army soldier Bradley Manning was vilified by the U.S. government for causing irreparable damage to American national interests. In retrospect, the harm he caused seems to have been overplayed.

A U.S. military judge cleared Manning on Tuesday of the most serious charge against him – aiding the enemy – in a verdict that indicated the soldier’s secrecy violations, while criminal, were not as dire as prosecutors had alleged.

Jul 31, 2013

Analysis: Manning damage has fallen well short of worst U.S. fears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Accused of the nation’s biggest-ever security leak, Army soldier Bradley Manning was vilified by the U.S. government for causing irreparable damage to American national interests. In retrospect, the harm he caused seems to have been overplayed.

A U.S. military judge cleared Manning on Tuesday of the most serious charge against him – aiding the enemy – in a verdict that indicated the soldier’s secrecy violations, while criminal, were not as dire as prosecutors had alleged.

Jul 27, 2013

Insight – Obama and Syria: a trail of half-steps, mixed messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the Syrian civil war deepened and anti-government rebels struggled to unify their fractious forces, the White House early last year quietly convened an elite group of senior policymakers to advise President Barack Obama.

Their unusual mandate: think outside the box on how to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.