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...
  • 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...
  • Pak has LeT links, but can't snap ties: US 16-08-2011 10:53 PM

    Washington: The US on Tuesday acknowledged that its ally Pakistan keeps ties with anti-India terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, but said Washington had "no choice" but to maintain its relations with Islamabad if it has to fight al Qaeda in the region. In possibly the first such hard-hitting statement on Pakistani establishment's...
  • 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...