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Checkpoint Washington: December, 2011

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/29/2011

U.S., Saudi Arabia strike $30 billion arms deal

Under pact, kingdom will receive 84 F-15 fighter jets and assorted weaponry

By Jason Ukman  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Iranian exiles agree to U.N. resettlement plan

Members of Mujahedin-e-Khalq announce that 400 are ready to move to new quarters on the grounds of a former U.S. military base

By Joby Warrick  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Military academies report more sexual assaults

Officials have applied considerable resources to raising awareness about harassment, report says.

By Jason Ukman  |  05:08 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Kim Jong Il’s death complicates search for remains

For more than half a century, the hopes of recovering the remains of U.S. soldiers lost during the Korean War have ebbed and flowed with the rollercoaster nature of the U.S. relationship with North Korea.

By William Wan  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Fears of N. Korean nuclear arsenal heightened

While little is known about Kim’s son and heir-apparent, Kim Jong Eun, U.S. officials and weapons experts see little to reason to believe that he will be any less enamored of the Bomb.

By Joby Warrick  |  10:56 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Manning pretrial hearing opens with a surprise

A defense attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning opened his pretrial hearing Friday with a surprise demand that the investigating officer recuse himself.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/16/2011

U.S. drones allowed in Iraqi skies

Baghdad has given Washington permission to keep flying Predator drones on surveillance missions over northern Iraq, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Friday.

By Craig Whitlock  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Officials reject new claim on crashed drone

In the latest claim, an unidentified engineer told the Christian Science Monitor that the Islamic republic exploited a vulnerability in the drone’s navigation system to bring it to a safe landing.

By Greg Miller  |  04:23 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Between McCain and Putin, there’s no love lost

Prime minister calls Arizona Republican “nuts” in annual call-in.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:59 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Dempsey: Leaving Iraq with concerns, and pride

For chairman of Joint Chiefs, the end of the war is a source of satisfaction

By Greg Jaffe  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/14/2011

U.S., North Korea weigh resumption of food aid

Talks in Beijing expected to focus on monitoring measures that would ensure that supplies would go to the public and not diverted to the military or ruling elite

By William Wan  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Panetta, in Afghanistan, says ‘we’re winning’

Visiting defense chief’s allusion to victory proved short-lived in face of skeptical questioning.

By Craig Whitlock  |  08:40 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2011

U.S. military drone crashes in Seychelles

Indian Ocean archipelago serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia

By Jason Ukman  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Defense Secretary Panetta visits U.S. base in Djibouti, then travels to Afghanistan

In pep talk to troops, defense secretary highlights importance of Horn of Africa in fighting terror groups.

By Craig Whitlock  |  06:17 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Uzbek rights violations worsening, group says

In new report, Human Rights Watch says West’s policy of ”engagement without strings” has compounded crisis

By Jason Ukman  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Pentagon’s Michele Flournoy to step down

Undersecretary of defense for policy says she wants to spend more time with her family

By Karen DeYoung  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Ex-Blackwater firm gets a name change, again

Xe Services becomes Academi, as firm touts new leadership and direction.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Gen. Martin Dempsey knows how to sing a tune

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, prodded to show his skills at Washington event, performs rendition of “Christmas in Killarney”

By Craig Whitlock  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 12/09/2011

In war dead inquiry, a confounding question

Practice used in handling of war dead confounds even some of those most familiar and comfortable with discussing the disposal of human body parts and medical waste

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  08:09 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Panetta ‘comfortable’ with response to Dover

Defense secretary supports the Air Force’s decision not to notify relatives of 274 fallen service members that their partial incinerated remains were secretly dumped in a Virginia landfill, spokesmen say

By Craig Whitlock and Jason Ukman  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 12/08/2011

RQ-170: A primer on the ‘Beast of Kandahar’

The secret surveillance craft that Iran purports to have displayed on Wednesday has been seen before, but just barely.

By Jason Ukman  |  02:02 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Iran is quick to shut U.S. ‘virtual embassy’

Users in Tehran trying to reach the site were directed to a government page that warned against violating the law

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  04:53 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Va. man accused as Pakistani agent pleads guilty

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, acknowledges receiving funding from the Pakistani government, as well as committing tax violations

By Jason Ukman  |  01:51 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Senators push to get sailors’ remains from Libya

Lawmakers are pushing to bring back the remains of sailors who died on the shores of Tripoli more than 200 years ago.

By Jason Ukman  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/06/2011

U.S. opens a ‘virtual embassy’ in Iran

Perhaps in the biggest surprise of all, it’s still accessible from Iran

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/06/2011

After drone was lost, CIA tried a head fake

Agency’s operation of UAV was obscured in initial aftermath of reports

By Greg Miller  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Ambassador Robert Ford heads back to Syria

Envoy was called home for consultations in October after officials accused Bashar al-Assad’s government of trying to intimidate him

By Karen DeYoung  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 12/06/2011

A speed bump for Pentagon’s information ops

Senate Armed Services Committee has asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to assess the effectiveness of a series of news and information Web sites initiated by SOCOM

By Walter Pincus  |  07:48 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Clinton to meet with Syrian opposition leaders

Secretary of state has met with anti-Assad activists only once since start of Arab Spring

By Karen DeYoung  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Iran unlikely to have used cyberattack to bring down U.S. surveillance drone, experts say

Attack would have been extremely difficult to execute, especially with an aircraft such as the RQ-170

By Ellen Nakashima  |  03:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Attorney for WikiLeaks suspect Manning wants Obama and Clinton to testify at trial

Request appears aimed at supporting claim that information did not harm national security.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Cybersecurity legislation advances in Congress

Civil liberties groups, White House have raised privacy concerns about measure

By Ellen Nakashima  |  12:26 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 12/02/2011

American troop deaths in Afghanistan were kept near a two-year low in November

Seventeen troops were killed in November, a relatively low toll that reflects officials’ claims of progress against insurgents

By Jason Ukman  |  08:51 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Senators upbraid administration officials on Iran

Lawmakers pressing for new sanctions on central bank

By Joby Warrick  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Iraq press shop closes as part of ‘reposture’

U.S. military closes its press desk, but don’t call it just a ‘withdrawal’

By Liz Sly  |  01:19 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Burma or Myanmar? For Clinton, no easy answer

During historic visit by secretary of state, each name is fraught with political implications 

By William Wan  |  11:04 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 11/30/2011

The spies say they’ll scrimp for the holidays

With budget cuts looming, party plans are being pared back for the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA

By Greg Miller  |  09:27 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 11/30/2011

New cybersecurity bill would foster sharing of online data between government, private sector

Legislation has support of telecom industry but is already raising concerns among civil liberties advocates

By Ellen Nakashima  |  08:45 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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