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November 14, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
As the last U.S. troops pack up to leave Iraq by the end of next month, Pentagon officials and senior military commanders are warning that Iran will rush to fill a power vacuum created by the American exit unless Washington limits its pullback from the region. That broad assessment has taken on urgency in recent weeks against a backdrop of new intelligence that indicates the government in Tehran also is aggressively courting proxy forces in Yemen and, according to United Nations nuclear inspectors, is fast approaching the capability to build nuclear weapons.
July 21, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Using such modern tools as ground-penetrating radar and conducting analyses of water and soil core samples, a team of investigators in South Korea is searching for clues to a decades-old mystery: Did American soldiers dispose of the defoliant Agent Orange at a U.S.-run base about 150 miles southeast of Seoul in 1978? For weeks, a U.S.-South Korean survey team has focused on a helipad site at the Camp Carroll base. Recently, tiny amounts of a toxic element found in Agent Orange were discovered in three nearby streams.
June 30, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Reports that France has been secretly supplying weapons to Libyan rebels engaged in daily battles with Moammar Kadafi's forces in the Nafusa Mountains stunned the world. It also surprised the overall commander of the rebel forces, who said Thursday that his men had never received any such weapons. "Whoever gave us these arms should come here and tell us where he put them," said Col. Mokhtar Milad Fernana. Although the front in eastern Libya has grounded to a stalemate, rebels in the mountainous region in the west appear to be gaining momentum in their fight against Kadafi, as they regularly capture towns and villages that were under his control.
June 5, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Mexican military forces on Saturday arrested the former mayor of Tijuana, Jorge Hank Rhon, after an early-morning raid at his compound resulted in the seizure of 88 weapons and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition, military officials said. Hank, 55, a flamboyant casino mogul and one of Mexico's wealthiest men, was taken to the federal attorney general's office in Tijuana and then by armed convoy to an air force base, as supporters lined the streets to protest his transfer to Mexico City.
April 19, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
You cannot buy your way into the U.S. military, Army officials reminded the public Monday, trying to clear up confusion in the Chinese American community after an El Monte man was arrested last week in connection with charging immigrants to join what authorities said was a phony military force. "No legitimate U.S. Army recruiter will ever ask an applicant for money in order to serve in the military," said Capt. Patrick Caukin, commander of a U.S. Army recruiting office based in West Covina.
April 8, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
Preparations for the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military are going better than expected, military leaders told Congress on Thursday. Top officials from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force testified before the House Armed Services Committee, and several said that training would be complete as early as June. "I'm looking specifically for issues that might arise coming out of the training, and the reality is that we've not seen them," said Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps.
March 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Public criticism by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley about the treatment of an Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks, has given rise to speculation about a rift between the State Department and the Pentagon over the handling of the prisoner. Crowley told a forum in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday that Manning's treatment at the hands of the Defense Department "is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid. " The remarks were first reported by BBC News.
March 3, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
After agreeing last year to relax its blockade around the Gaza Strip, Israel moved Wednesday to tighten the security cordon by permanently closing what was once its largest commercial crossing point. Israeli military officials cited unspecified security concerns for the closure and promised that all goods that would have passed through at the Karni crossing, southeast of Gaza City, would go through the Kerem Shalom checkpoint, the last operational commercial crossing, which is about 21 miles to the southwest at the point where Egypt, Israel and the Gaza Strip meet.
February 14, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Ned Parker and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
The Egyptian army has tightened its grip over the country by suspending the constitution, dissolving parliament, and calling for elections within six months, key demands of the protest movement that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The actions by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces came two days after Mubarak resigned and were an indication to protesters that the military, the most respected institution in the nation, was edging toward forming a credible democracy. However, the army left intact the ex-president's Council of Ministers to run the government.
February 8, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Military officials from North and South Korea on Tuesday held the first cross-border talks in four months, opening discussions many hope will ease tensions on the divided peninsula but which critics dismiss as the North's ploy to secure food aid from Seoul. The two sides conducted morning and afternoon sessions at the border village of Panmunjom, preliminary talks that officials from the U.S. and China hoped would pave the way for continued discussions. "Both sides have been discussing the agenda and process for a higher-level meeting," South Korea Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told Yonhap news service.
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