May 23, 2011 |
Pakistani security forces on Monday retook control of a naval base in Karachi that had been under siege by militants for 17 hours, but the brazen, commando-style attack renewed disturbing questions about the military's ability to defend sensitive installations, including its nuclear arsenal. A team of 10 to 15 militants armed with rocket launchers, AK-47s and hand grenades stormed the Mehran Naval Station late Sunday, destroyed two U.S.-supplied maritime surveillance aircraft at the base and then engaged Pakistani navy commandos and soldiers in a pitched firefight that ended late Monday afternoon.
May 23, 2011 |
Militants late Sunday stormed a naval base in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, triggering a battle with government commandos that stretched into Monday morning in what was believed to be a revenge attack for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Initial reports suggested between 10 and 15 militants were inside the base, though by early Monday authorities were reporting that perhaps as many as 20 to 25 terrorists had carried out the attack on the Mehran Naval Station in Karachi, the country's largest port.
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February 2, 2009 |
It is a complaint common to junior enlisted personnel in the U.S. military and one made famous by Goldie Hawn in the 1980 movie "Private Benjamin." Hawn, as Pvt. Judy Benjamin, is shocked when she realizes that her recruiter exaggerated when he described her future living accommodations. "See, I did join the Army, but I joined a different Army," she says in horror when she sees the barracks. "I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms."
April 25, 2008 |
Here's one thing Senate Republicans and Democrats can agree on: John McCain is eligible to run for the highest office in the land. The Constitution says the president must be "a natural-born citizen." McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, albeit to American parents on a U.S. naval base. Some in the blogosphere question whether McCain meets the "natural-born" requirement. McCain's fellow senators, including presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, don't see a problem.
August 7, 2007 |
Two men found with several pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base were charged Monday with possession of an explosive device, authorities said. A joint state-federal investigation has found no link to terrorism, FBI spokeswoman Denise Taiste said. The base, the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, is the site of the brig where enemy combatants have been held.
October 20, 2006 |
When U.S. military contractors were preparing to erect wind turbines atop John Paul Jones Hill, the commander of the U.S. naval base worried that the Cuban sentries eyeing everything that goes on here would mistake the 185-foot-tall cylinders for missile silos. So at the monthly Northeast Gate meeting in late 2004, Navy Capt. Leslie J. McCoy gave a heads up to Cuban Army Brig. Gen. Jose Solar Hernandez. The only regular contact between U.S.