Robert Gates

  • ExPentagon chief Robert Gates to author two books July 20, 2011

    New York: Former Defence Secretary Robert Gates will pen two forthcoming books firstly a memoir expected to be released in 2013 and another about his philosophy on leadership, his publisher said on Tuesday. Gates, 67, departed as Pentagon chief in June after four and a half years serving under former...
  • ExPentagon chief to author two books July 20, 2011

    New York: Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will pen two forthcoming books, firstly a memoir expected to be released in 2013 and another about his philosophy on leadership, his publisher said on Tuesday. Gates, 67, departed as Pentagon chief in June after four and a half years serving under former...
  • US holding outreach talks with Taliban: Gates June 19, 2011

    Washington: The US has been engaged in 'very preliminary' peace talks with the Taliban to find a 'political outcome' to end the decadelong war in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates confirmed on Sunday. "There's been outreach on the part of a number of countries, including the United States," he said....
  • US fears Pak Nweapons falling into wrong hands June 17, 2011

    Washington: US on Friday expressed apprehension that the nuclear weapons and technology of Pakistan might fall into the hands of terrorists and thus stressed on having the lines of communications open with Islamabad. "It's a country with an awful lot of terrorists on that border," Admiral Mike Mullen Chairman of...
  • Gates presses US allies to do more against Libya June 9, 2011

    Brussels: US officials say Defence Secretary Robert Gates pointedly prodded five allied nations on Wednesday to share more of the burden of the NATOled air campaign against Libya. They say none committed to do more. Officials say Gates used his final NATO meeting before retirement to press Germany and Poland to...
  • Robert Gates urges patience with Afghan war June 5, 2011

    Kabul: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appealed for patience with an unpopular war and said on Saturday that only modest US troop reductions would make sense this summer in a still unstable Afghanistan. On his 12th and final visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, Gates held out the possibility of a...
  • No sign Pakistan knew bin Laden whereabouts: US May 19, 2011

    Washington: Top US defense officials said on Wednesday there was no evidence Pakistan's leadership was aware that Osama bin Laden was in their country before a US military raid killed him, and they cautioned against punitive action against Islamabad over the incident. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Pentagon news conference...
  • US expects to hand off Libya lead in 'days' March 21, 2011

    On board a military aircraft: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that the US expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition probably headed either by the French and British or by NATO "in a matter of days." In his first public...
  • Debate swirls over Mubarak legacy February 12, 2011

    Cairo: For nearly 30 years, one man dominated Egypt. Hosni Mubarak, 82, survived wouldbe assassins and ill health, crushed a rising Islamist radical movement, and maintained the peace with neighboring Israel that got his predecessor killed. His government's continued observance of the Camp David accords was the cornerstone of what peace...
  • Egypt failing to meet protest concerns: US February 10, 2011

    Washington: Egypt must do more to meet protesters' demands for political change, the United States said on Wednesday in a sharp escalation of rhetoric with one of its most important allies in the Middle East. Washington is waiting for "real, concrete" moves to speed the transition, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs...
  • Gates for cuts in US military budget January 6, 2011

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of costcutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House...
  • US may give drone spy planes to Pakistan January 22, 2010

    Islamabad: In a significant development, Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said the US is considering the supply of unarmed versions of spy planes to Pakistan as part of the military partnership between the two countries. Gates, who is visiting Islamabad for a strategic dialogue on the link between security...
  • India prepared for another 26/11: S M Krishna January 21, 2010

    New Delhi: A day after the US warned Pakistan of the limits to India's patience in the event of another Mumbailike attack, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said the government would have to be prepared to meet any eventuality. "Yes, that is a worrying development because having been...
  • India's patience on terror not unlimited: US January 20, 2010

    New Delhi: Despite the great "restraint" shown by India after the Mumbai attacks by Pakistanbased militants, New Delhi could easily lose patience if there were a repeat attack, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. "India has responded with great restraint and statesmanship after the Mumbai terror attacks. But the...
  • US seeks stability between India, Pak: Robert Gates January 19, 2010

    New Delhi: The United States would like to help India and Pakistan focus less on each other and more on the terrorism threat, but the two countries prefer to settle their differences themselves, said US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday. "We're always interested in that," Gates said as he flew...
  • 78 terrorists, 9 soldiers killed as Pak battles terror October 20, 2009

    Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan: Pakistani forces attacking Taliban terrorists in their South Waziristan stronghold have captured a town on the approach to a main insurgent base, security officials said on Tuesday. The fighting for control of lawless South Waziristan is a major test of the government's ability to tackle an increasingly...
  • US denies report that 147 died in Afghan violence May 8, 2009

    Kabul: The US military said Friday that reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Taliban were 'extremely over-exaggerated,' and said the investigators were still analyzing the data collected at the site. Officials said preliminary findings of the joint US-Afghan investigation into the deaths...
  • Swat style truce a solution to war in Afghanistan: US February 21, 2009

    New Delhi: The Obama administration has said the solution to war in Afghanistan could be a Swat style truce from US secretary of Defence Robert Gates has said in Krakow, Poland, that it is acceptable for American to have such an agreement. Gates says some sort of political reconciliation...
  • US nudges India on N-deal, says 'clock is ticking' February 27, 2008

    New Delhi: Nudging India to conclude the civil nuclear deal at the earliest, the US on Wednesday said 'the clock is ticking' and there is an 'open question' on whether the Congress will be able to take it up 'beyond this summer and September'. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates also made...
  • Fighters sale ties dominate India-US defence talks February 26, 2008

    New Delhi: India's quest to modernize its military against a backdrop of China's burgeoning defense growth and an ongoing regional terrorism threat were the focus of talks planned Tuesday with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The Pentagon chief was expected to raise the prospects of New Delhi's plan for a US$10...
  • US Defence Secy to meet Advani, discuss N-deal February 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Even as India negotiates a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee has firmed up plans to visit the US next month with the Indo-US Nuclear deal as the focal point of his visit. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is in town and...
  • Gates open to resolving Iraq conflict December 19, 2006

    Washington: New US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that resolving the conflict in Iraq will be "at the top of the list" as he was sworn in to replace the embattled Donald Rumsfeld. "Failure in Iraq at this juncture would be a calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our...
  • Senate approves Gates as defence secy June 21, 2007

    Washington: US Defence Secretary-designate Robert Gates has achieved the unanimous approval of a Senate panel that cleared his name for the post after a lengthy quizzing session during which the President George Bush nominee told lawmakers that US is not winning the war in Iraq. The 21-member Senate Armed Services Committee...
  • US not winning war in Iraq: Gates June 21, 2007

    Washington: Admitting that the US is not winning the war in Iraq, US defence secretary nominee Robert Gates on Tuesday said he was open to a change in strategy in the war-ravaged country and warned that unless that nation is stabilized in the next year or two it could lead...