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Checkpoint Washington: October, 2011

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Condoleezza Rice’s diplomatic stiletto

In “No Higher Honor,” former secretary of state recalls telling Russian counterpart that she would not keep his confidence after attempt to unseat Georgian president

By Jason Ukman  |  04:52 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Pentagon shifts away from disputed fuel contracts

For years, delivery of jet fuel to U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan had been plagued by accusations of corruption

By Walter Pincus  |  04:16 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/28/2011

U.S. intel spending nears a high-water mark

With budget cuts coming, the decade-long splurge appears to have peaked, or at least come close

By Greg Miller  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 10/28/2011

CIA insider, with a pedigree, ascends at Langley

New head of public affairs traces her agency lineage to 1947

By Greg Miller  |  08:18 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Once-secret Berlin Wall papers released

Declassification by CIA, National Archives marks 50th anniversary of standoff at Checkpoint Charlie

By Peter Finn  |  04:21 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Ex-intel chief to Gaddafi wounded, raising more questions about handling of detainees

Cause of Abuzed Omar Dorda’s injuries are disputed, but a relative has appealed to U.N. to intercede with Libyan authorities to protect the former diplomat

By Colum Lynch and Mary Beth Sheridan  |  12:52 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Clinton urges Congress: Don’t ‘undercut’ U.S. progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Lawmakers’ frustration over developments in the region is growing.

By Jason Ukman  |  10:55 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, alleged leader of Stryker ‘kill team,’ set to face court-martial

Three other members of the unit have signed plea agreements in the case.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:33 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Awlaki family angered by U.S. silence

State Department has said that it has not yet received confirmation of the killing of 16-year-old in Yemen

By Peter Finn  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Dick Cheney vs. Condi Rice, the book version

Same events, same people, but different stories in their dueling memoirs

By Glenn Kessler  |  07:39 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 10/25/2011

On ‘Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan,’ Navy’s bomb disposal unit gets its own star treatment

New documentary series on G4 follows sailors as they disarm explosives

By Jason Ukman  |  06:45 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 10/25/2011

U.S. mission against Lord’s Resistance Army is not ‘open-ended,’ officials tell Congress

Operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army will have specific goalposts for success, Obama administration officials say.

By Jason Ukman  |  03:09 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Poll: Syria’s Assad losing support in Arab world

An overwhelming majority of those surveyed in six countries side with demonstrators over the government in Damascus.

By Jason Ukman  |  12:29 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Detention legislation divides Democrats

Group of 13 senators writes to Majority Leader Harry Reid to oppose provisions mandating military custody for members of al-Qaeda and affiliates

By Jason Ukman  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011

WikiLeaks will scale back publication of secret documents to focus on fundraising

With donations mostly blocked by financial companies, anti-secrecy Web says it is running low on money

By Karla Adam  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 10/24/2011

After Iraq pullout, U.S. serves a reminder to Iran

Officials stress presence of American troops throughout region as bulwark against Tehran’s influence

By Walter Pincus  |  08:10 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Congress reacts to Iraq pullout announcement

The announcement that the United States would withdraw all its troops by the end of the year drew a largely mixed reaction from Capitol Hill.

By Jason Ukman  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Levin: U.S. prepared to walk away from Pakistan

The chairman of Senate Armed Services says he hopes Islamabad will see that it’s in its own interests to publicly renounce the Haqqani network

By Jason Ukman  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 10/21/2011

U.S. to resume search for POW/MIA in N. Korea

Agreement with Pyongyang follows six years of diplomatic gridlock between the two countries

By William Wan  |  10:14 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Gaddafi: true to character until the end

U.S. officials long thought that Gaddafi’s flamboyant personality and considerable ego meant he was unlikely to go quietly

By Jason Ukman  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Clinton pokes fun at Herman Cain and the ‘Stans’

Secretary of state takes rare shot at presidential candidate after his suggestion that he didn’t need to know the names of leaders of smaller countries

By Joby Warrick  |  08:20 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Care for mental health patients drove VA costs

New study suggests services for veterans with mental health issues could represent a huge chunk of future spending

By Jason Ukman  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Intel panel warns against cutting too deep

Senate committee says budget reductions that go too far “will compromise missions such as strategic warning, counterterrorism activities, counterintelligence, and cybersecurity”

By Greg Miller  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/19/2011

New Stuxnet-like code is discovered

Malware bears startling similarities to Stuxnet, the mysterious virus that was used to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program

By Ellen Nakashima  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Marines to allow KIA bracelets

Gen. James Amos, the Corps commandant, has decided to carve out an exemption in the service’s uniform regulations to allow the jewelry following an uproar over reports that the jewelry had been banned.

By Greg Jaffe  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Awlaki family releases teen's birth certificate

Earlier reports had suggested Abdulrahman Awlaki was in his twenties

By Peter Finn  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Musharraf, with lobbyists, gets back in the game

Former Pakistani president hires a local lobbying firm as he plans his return home after several years of self-imposed exile

By Karen DeYoung  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Prosecutors release photo of Syria’s President Assad, American accused as foreign agent

Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, of Northern Virginia, alleged to have gathered information about protesters and provided it to Damascus

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  08:08 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Clapper: ‘Double-digit’ cuts coming for intel budget

Director of national intelligence says he hopes to find savings by targeting contractors, eliminating overlap in IT systems

By Walter Pincus  |  05:01 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Awlaki family condemns killing of cleric’s son

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was

By Jason Ukman  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Trial of former CIA officer postponed

Prosecutors say they plan to appeal U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema’s decision to strike two witnesses from the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, who was arrested in January on a 10-count indictment that accused him of leaking classified information

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:13 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Policy on KIA bracelets stokes Marines’ fury

Ban on most jewelry means wristlets are technically not permitted

By Greg Jaffe  |  07:47 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Congress losing patience with Iran policy

Since disclosure of scheme to kill Saudi ambassador, some of the most heated language on Tehran has been coming from lawmakers

By Jason Ukman  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/13/2011

U.S. arms deal to Bahrain faces resistance

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to delay sale because of concerns the kingdom has failed to take meaningful steps to reform.

By Jason Ukman  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 10/13/2011

An ominous message from Tunisia

On eve of vote, one of the country’s leading parties says curb on advertising is swaying the election in favor of Islamists.

By Joby Warrick  |  07:29 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Viktor Bout, accused arms trafficker, stands trial

Russian accused of seeking to sell millions of dollars in weapons, including 100 surface-to-air missiles, to a Colombian rebel group and expressing an intent to kill American pilots

By Colum Lynch  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Investigators initially doubted plot had Iran ties

Almost nothing in the case bore the hallmarks of the notorious military unit that has trained and equipped terrorists and assassins around the world.

By Joby Warrick  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Va. man worked for Syrian intelligence, U.S. says

Leesburg man has been indicted on charges of working as an agent for the Syrian intelligence service and gathering information about people protesting the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Seeking a motive in Iran’s alleged murder plot

Have a close look at our coverage of the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to to the U.S. There’s one big question: Why would Tehran try it?

By Jason Ukman  |  08:58 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Panetta sketches out strategy on budget cuts

Defense secretary offers some general insights into which areas of the Pentagon’s massive budget he’d be willing to sacrifice

By Craig Whitlock  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/11/2011

VA puts veterans’ experience in perspective

New training video is designed to help employees and new hires remember how daunting the system can seem to veterans just getting home from Iraq or Afghanistan

By Jason Ukman  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 10/11/2011

As cyber threat shifts, calls for clarity on U.S. policy

Issue takes on more urgency as threat shifts to attacks that could harm systems critical to the functioning of U.S. power plants, electrical systems and other infrastructure

By Ellen Nakashima  |  08:05 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Al-Qaeda joins those questioning legality of U.S. killing of citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

Terrorist network’s Yemen affiliate criticizes the Obama administration for killing U.S. citizens, saying doing so “contradicts” American law

By Jason Ukman  |  03:14 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/10/2011

The Army gets set to fight for its budget dollars

With cuts coming, Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, says the military must maintain a balanced force, not sacrifice ground capability

By Jason Ukman  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Unrest in Syria has an upside next door

Growing chaos in Syria has disrupted flow of foreign fighters seeking to join al-Qaeda in Iraq

By Greg Miller  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 10/10/2011

On Pentagon budget matters, telling it like it is

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a politician at heart, has learned to take his time in answering personnel questions weighing on the minds of those now in the military

By Walter Pincus  |  07:30 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Panetta: loose lips on CIA’s not-so-secret secret

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta not once, but twice makes cracks about the agency’s fleet of unmanned Predator drones while visiting troops in Italy  

By Craig Whitlock  |  09:21 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Afghanistan: a nightmare battlefield

Even 10 years ago, as the war began, it was clear there would be no easy victory in this poor, remote, fragmented land with its long history of repelling outside forces.

By Jason Ukman  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 10/06/2011

After upturn in U.S.-Russian talks, a downturn

A day after the Obama administration and the Spanish government announce agreement on missile defense, Moscow condemns pact.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:12 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Pakistan seeks an update on Raymond Davis

Less than a week after CIA contractor’s arrest on assault charge in Colorado, embassy in Washington inquires about status of U.S. investigation into shooting in Lahore

By Karen DeYoung  |  03:10 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Tunisian leader to the West: Do not fear Islamists

Islamists are poised to do well in elections this month, but prime minister says moderate politics will prevail, regardless of outcome

By Mary Beth Sheridan  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 10/05/2011

The American military and civilians, worlds apart

After 10 years of war, the vast majority of post-Sept. 11 veterans say the public does not understand the problems faced by those in the military and by their families, new study finds

By Jason Ukman  |  12:01 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Awaiting Anwar Awlaki’s final words

Though he was killed in a CIA drone strike last week, cleric may have a post-mortem message for his followers

By Greg Miller  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Congressman lambastes Chinese cyber-espionage

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says United States and its allies have an “obligation to confront Beijing and demand that they put a stop to this piracy”

By Ellen Nakashima and Jason Ukman  |  12:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/04/2011

American-Israeli law student, accused as spy, still behind bars in Egypt following appeal by Panetta

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has sought to win freedom of Ilan Grapel, 27, who was arrested in Cairo four months ago

By Craig Whitlock  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Wasting no time in blocking Palestinian aid

Lawmakers freezing unspent portions of 2011 funding to show their unhappiness with move for statehood at United Nations

By Mary Beth Sheridan  |  09:59 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Robert Ford, envoy to Syria, confirmed at last

Ford, who received a recess appointment after Republicans withheld support for his confirmation, finally gets the get nod from the Senate.

By Jason Ukman  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 10/03/2011

U.S. seeks release of accused Israeli spy

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta says U.S. officials have been urging Egypt to free a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen accused of spying for Israel.

By Craig Whitlock  |  12:21 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Awlaki is first hit for new drone base

It marks the first time that the CIA has launched a drone strike in Yemen since 2002, and the first indication that a new base on the Arabian peninsula is operational.

By Greg Miller  |  03:24 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 09/30/2011

A ‘proud traitor’: Samir Khan reported dead alongside Aulaqi

A Saudi-born American of Pakistani heritage who was raised in Queens, N.Y., was reportedly among those killed in a U.S. drone strike targeting radical cleric and fellow U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi.

By Alice Fordham  |  03:11 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Anwar al-Aulaqi killing praised in Washington

Members of Congress, in a rare display of unity, applaud al-Qaeda figure’s death.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Obama calls Aulaqi killing “major blow”

Obama spoke of Aulaqi’s death at a ceremony at Fort Myer for Adm. Mike Mullen who stepped down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after a 43-year military career.

By Greg Jaffe  |  01:18 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Anwar al-Aulaqi gets new designation in death

The new title reflects Aulaqi’s evolution from Muslim cleric to alleged terrorist plotter, as American officials make case that the extraordinary killing of a U.S. citizen overseas was warranted.

By Greg Miller and Alice Fordham  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Aulaqi killed: Reactions from around the world

Many Americans hailed his death. Others questioned Yemen’s role in the killing. Some Pakistani and Yemeni Web sites led their pages with the news, while others ignored it.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Anwar al-Aulaqi had ties to Va. mosque Dar Al-Hijrah

Right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Aulaqi was in demand as an articulate spokesman for American Islam and interfaith understanding

By William Wan  |  10:09 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Aulaqi long escaped efforts to kill him

After one unsuccessful attack, Aulaqi was quoted laughing at the attempt: “It looks as if someone was a bit angry with us this evening.”

By Alice Fordham  |  09:43 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Anwar al-Aulaqi killed: Stories on the radical Muslim cleric from the Post archives

Anwar al-Aulaqi, who was killed in Yemen Friday, became a top target for U.S. counterterrorism operations through a range of attacks and attempted attacks. Here is a list.

By Julie Tate  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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