Leon Panetta

  • Osama bin Laden report accuses Pakistan of incompetence 09-07-2013 02:54 AM

    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 decade-long hunt, the CIA tracked down the al Qaeda...
  • US seeking to boost defence trade with India, Brazil 19-12-2012 01:40 AM

    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 sales...
  • Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey 14-12-2012 03:40 PM

    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 14-12-2012 10:51 AM

    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 Indian-American doctor doing well: Employers 12-12-2012 08:23 AM

    Washington: Indian-American 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...
  • Indian-American doctor rescued from Taliban 10-12-2012 11:04 PM

    Washington: In a daring rescue operation, elite American commandos have rescued an Indian-American doctor who was in the custody of the Taliban in Afghanistan, losing one Navy SEAL and killing seven insurgents. Colorado-based Dilip Joseph had been abducted on December 5 along with two Afghan colleagues as they left a...
  • Petraeus scandal widens, snares another US commander 14-11-2012 07:54 AM

    Washington: The scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus widened on Tuesday as US defense officials said they were looking into "flirtatious" e-mails 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 13-11-2012 06:17 PM

    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 10-11-2012 11:49 AM

    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 09-11-2012 04:36 AM

    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...
  • Panetta again counts India as a challenge for US 06-01-2012 11:32 AM

    Washington: For the second time in less than two months, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the country is facing challenges from rising powers in Asia - China in particular and also includes India in 21st century. "We have got the challenges of dealing with rising powers in...
  • US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare 16-12-2011 08:58 AM

    Baghdad: Nearly nine years after American troops stormed across the Iraq border in a blaze of shock and awe, US officials quietly ended the bloody and bitterly divisive conflict in Baghdad on Thursday, but the debate over whether it was worth the cost in money and lives is yet unanswered....
  • US defence chief calls India, China 'threats' 18-11-2011 05:27 PM

    Groton: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta appeared to call China and India "threats" on Thursday, in comments that the Pentagon quickly sought to correct. Panetta, addressing workers at a submarine plant in Connecticut, was talking about emerging challenges facing the United States as it looks beyond the Iraq and Afghan...
  • Panetta defends NATO's Libya mission 08-10-2011 01:53 AM

    Sigonella: Top military commanders in the Libyan mission told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday that they are nearing a turning point in the NATO operation that could signal its end, a senior defense official said. Commanders meeting with Panetta in Naples, Italy, told him that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi...
  • US military ends ban on gay service 21-09-2011 02:54 AM

    Washington: The US military passed a historic milestone on Tuesday with the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in uniform, ending a prohibition that President Barack Obama said had forced gay and lesbian service members to "lie about who they are." Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged not to...
  • Bigger defense cuts would weaken US: Panetta 17-08-2011 03:16 AM

    Washington: Large new cuts in defense spending would "terribly weaken" US national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday as he and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a rare joint interview to argue that the nation cannot afford to keep playing partisan chicken with its finances. Panetta...
  • Barack Obama ends ban on gays in military 23-07-2011 03:02 AM

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Friday formally signed off on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, doing away with a policy that's been controversial from the day it was enacted and making good on his 2008 campaign promise to the gay community. The president joined Defense...
  • Panetta asks Pakistan to go after terrorists 12-07-2011 10:06 AM

    Washington: In a stern message to Pakistan, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the US would not give out a 'blank cheque' to the country until it fulfills its obligations to go after the terrorist targets. "We have to show that this is a two-way street, not just a...
  • Iranian weapons allegedly used against US troops 12-07-2011 02:12 AM

    Baghdad: A blunt and frustrated US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed exasperation on Monday with Iraqi indecision on whether it wants US troops to stay next year. He threatened stronger US action to stop Iranian-supplied weapons from killing Americans as they prepare to depart. To reinforce the message of concern...
  • Pak urges US to share intelligence on Zawahiri 10-07-2011 06:31 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistani called on the United States on Sunday to share information about new al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he believed that Osama bin Laden's successor was in Pakistan. During his first trip to Kabul on Saturday as Pentagon chief, Panetta said...
  • US within reach of defeating al Qaeda: Panetta 10-07-2011 12:21 AM

    Kabul: The US and its allies are within reach of defeating al Qaeda after killing Osama bin Laden and gaining new insights about the terrorist group's other leading figures, new US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday. The former CIA director offered an upbeat assessment about the prospects for...
  • CIA now better prepared for challenges: Panetta 01-07-2011 07:35 AM

    Washington: Terming the killing of Osama bin Laden as one of the "greatest successes" in the CIA's history, its outgoing Director Leon Panetta said that the agency is now much stronger and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities. Panetta now heads to Pentagon as the Defense Secretary. As Central...