LEON PANETTA

  • Osama bin Laden report accuses Pakistan of incompetence July 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Osama bin Laden was able to avoid detection and live in plain sight for almost a decade due to the incompetence and negligence of Pakistan's intelligence and security services, Pakistan's official report into his killing concluded on Monday. Following a decadelong hunt, the CIA tracked down the al Qaeda leader...
  • N Korea's nuclear tests represents threat to US: Panetta February 14, 2013

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today said that the combination of a recent missile test combined with nuclear explosions by North Korea represents a real threat to America. "There is no question that North Korea constitutes a threat to the United States, to regional stability and to global security....
  • Panetta admits to use of torture in hunt for Osama February 4, 2013

    New York: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has admitted that torture and enhanced interrogation techniques were used to "put together the puzzle" that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Panetta made the candid admission, becoming the highestranking Obama administration official to do so, while responding to...
  • US didn't need rough interrogation to get Osama: Panetta February 4, 2013

    Washington: Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the US operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture. The outgoing defense secretary, in remarks aired Sunday on the NBC program "Meet...
  • Iran escalating efforts to destabilize region: Panetta February 2, 2013

    Washington: Outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta accused Iran of an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling antiaircraft weapons to militant allies, The Wall Street Journal reported on February 2. "There is no question when you start passing MANPADS around, that becomes a threat, not just to military...
  • US: The Pentagon opens combat roles to women January 24, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of frontline positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said on January 23. The changes, set to be announced on January 24 by Defense Secretary Leon...
  • US to lift ban on women in frontline combat jobs: official January 24, 2013

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of frontline jobs to women, a senior US defense official said. The decision, which will be formally announced later, would give the individual military services until 2016...
  • Obama likely to appoint Hagel as US defense secretary January 5, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama appeared poised on January 4 to pick former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the next US defense secretary and the announcement may come early next week. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the national security community said all signs were pointing to Hagel as Obama's choice...
  • Obama says no decision on next US defence secretary December 31, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama offered strong support for former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the potential next US defence secretary but said in remarks aired on Sunday that he had not yet decided on a nominee for the Pentagon post. Hagel is considered a leading candidate to replace outgoing Secretary of...
  • US seeking to boost defence trade with India, Brazil December 19, 2012

    Washington: With the US working to make its foreign military sales more responsive and more effective, the Obama Administration on Tuesday expressed its willingness to boost defence trade with rising powers like Brazil and India. "The entire US government is working to make our security cooperation particularly foreign military...
  • Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey December 14, 2012

    Incirlik Air Base: The Pentagon says it will send Patriot air defense missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack. Pentagon press secretary George Little said US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order on...
  • Al Qaeda still a threat to the US: Leon Panetta December 14, 2012

    Washington: Al Qaeda still represents the most important threat the United States faces across the world, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday. "We have significantly weakened their ability to do the kind of command and control and planning that would be necessary to conduct another 9/11 attack. At the...
  • Rescued IndianAmerican doctor doing well: Employers December 12, 2012

    Washington: IndianAmerican doctor Dilip Joseph, who was rescued from Taliban's captivity in a military operation in Afghanistan, is doing well, but will continue to receive precautionary examinations and debriefing before he returns home, his employers have said. "I have not spoken to him yet but I hear that he is physically...
  • IndianAmerican doctor rescued from Taliban December 10, 2012

    Washington: In a daring rescue operation, elite American commandos have rescued an IndianAmerican doctor who was in the custody of the Taliban in Afghanistan, losing one Navy SEAL and killing seven insurgents. Coloradobased Dilip Joseph had been abducted on December 5 along with two Afghan colleagues as they left a...
  • Petraeus scandal widens, snares another US commander November 14, 2012

    Washington: The scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus widened on Tuesday as US defense officials said they were looking into "flirtatious" emails between General John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, and a woman at the center of the affair. Defense Department officials said they were sifting through...
  • Petraeus' successor in Afghanistan linked to scandal November 13, 2012

    Perth: In a new twist to the Gen David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said on Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman...
  • Petraeus, star on battlefield, felled at CIA by affair November 10, 2012

    Washington: David Petraeus was a star on the battlefield, commanding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but was undone by "poor judgment" in engaging in an extramarital affair that led to his downfall as CIA director. Just two days after his 60th birthday, Petraeus stepped down from the spy agency where...
  • Looking to deepen relationship with India: Pentagon November 9, 2012

    Washington: Identifying India as a major player in the region, the Pentagon has said that the United States is looking to deepen its relationship with New Delhi as the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta embarks on his fourth trip to the Asia Pacific region. "With respect to India, he (Panetta) believes that...
  • 'US moving towards technology sharing with India' October 4, 2012

    Washington: Apart from consolidating its defence trade with India, the US is now moving towards technology sharing and coproduction, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday. "We're moving well beyond purely defence trade with India, towards technology sharing and coproduction," Deputy Secretary of Defence, Ashton Carter, told a Washington thinktank. Early...
  • Israel hasn't decided on Iran strike: Pentagon August 15, 2012

    Washington: The United States does not believe Israel has made a decision on whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday, following sharp rhetoric from Israeli officials that has put financial markets on edge. Panetta, who visited Israel two weeks ago, told reporters...
  • Taliban siege of Afghan hotel ends, 20 dead June 22, 2012

    Kabul: Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12hour siege on Friday at a popular lakeside hotel outside Kabul, leaving at least 20 dead after Taliban gunmen stormed the building, bursting into a party and seizing dozens of hostages. The nighttime assault on the hotel with rocketpropelled grenades, suicide...
  • Reached the limit of patience with Pakistan: US June 7, 2012

    Kabul/Washington: In the strongest warning so far to Pakistan, US has said it is reaching the limits of its patience with Islamabad for allowing safe havens to terrorists, specially the dreaded Haqqani network. The warning was sounded by Defence Secretary Leon Panetta who on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan declared, "It...
  • USIndia defence ties should be strong: Panetta June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised on June 6 to let India buy America's best weapons technology and jointly produce and develop equipment in a bid to increase trade with the world's top arms importer. "The United States is firmly committed to provide the best defence technology...
  • Will provide technology access to India: US June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The US on Wednesday promised to initiate measures to provide access to dual use technology to India which has been contending that American norms were leading to denial of export of such sophisticated items. This assurance was given by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta to Defence Minister AK Antony...
  • US Defence Secretary to meet AK Antony today June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: India and the US will cover familiar ground when US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta calls on India's Defence Minster AK Antony on Wednesday. Panetta is expected to underscore the US desire to partner with India as it shifts its security and strategic focus towards Asia, but Antony is...
  • India is a global power: Pentagon June 6, 2012

    Washington: Coinciding with the New Delhi visit of Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, the Pentagon on Tuesday said India is a global power and is meeting its responsibilities in this capacity. It refuted reports that Panetta's call for more deeper involvement in Afghanistan is not "potentially provocative" against Pakistan. "India is...
  • US wants greater role for India in Afghanistan June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will encourage India to take a more active role in Afghanistan as international forces draw down after a decade of war, US officials said on Tuesday as the Pentagon chief arrived in New Delhi for two days of talks. The officials, speaking on condition...
  • US Defence Secy in India; to meet PM, Antony June 5, 2012

    New Delhi: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta landed in New Delhi on Tuesday on his first ever visit to India to strengthen military cooperation between India and the US, and discuss the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Panetta will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 7 Race Course Road on...
  • Vietnam to open restricted sites for US search June 4, 2012

    Hanoi: The Vietnamese government has agreed to open three previously restricted sites to help the search for and excavation of the remains of US servicemen listed as missing in action, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The agreement was unveiled at a meeting between visiting US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and...
  • US will put more warships in Asia: Panetta June 3, 2012

    Singapore: The United States will shift a majority of its warships to the AsiaPacific region by 2020, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday, giving the first details of a new US military strategy. Fleshing out details of a strategic shift to Asia announced in January, Panetta said the United States...