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Libya: Coalition airstrikes continue on Gaddafi forces, U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashes as criticism over no-fly zone mounts

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:59:02 EDT

American and coalition forces continued air strikes and missile sorties against forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gaddafi as U.S. struggles to hold together crucial coalition partners.

U.S. jet crashes in Libya, but pilots safe; Gates sees airstrikes slowing soon

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:37:00 EDT

Both members of a U.S. fighter jet crew were rescued in Libya after their F-15E Strike Eagle malfunctioned and crashed, the U.S. military said. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said "significant military fighting" in Libya "should recede in the next few days."

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U.S. jet crashes in Libya, pilots survive, as Gaddafi's forces dig in

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:04:00 EDT

Setbacks for rebels reveal the degree to which the disorganized and ill-equipped force is depending on allied airstrikes to end Gaddafi's rule.

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Libyan rebels launch offensive; coalition continues pounding Gaddafi's forces

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:31:00 EDT

Despite the airstrikes, Gaddafi's forces were digging in outside Ajdabiya, which straddles highways that go north to Benghazi and east across the desert to Tobruk.

U.S. actions in Libya may speak louder than words

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:47:00 EDT

Secretary of State Clinton's assertion that the United States "did not lead" is belied by the large role the United States played in launching an UN-sanctioned strikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's military capabilities. U.S. warships fired more than 110 Tomahawk missiles into Libyan territory

U.S. and European officials say initial assault on Gaddafi's forces 'very effective'; Libyan leader pledges 'long, drawn-out war'

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:07:00 EDT

After 24 hours of strikes on air defenses and ground forces, Gaddafi calls foreign forces "Nazis," promises drawn-out war

Clinton says U.S. supports, but will not lead, military operation against Libya

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 17:29:00 EDT

The secretary of state pledges that the United States will strongly support the international military action to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebels.

U.S., allies' jets poised to fly over Libya as other nations mull strategy

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:52:01 EDT

Fighter aircraft from France, Britain and the United Arab Emirates converged on bases in and around Italy late Friday to begin operations over Libya under the command and control of the United States at its naval base in Naples, according to U.S. and European officials.

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Pakistanis protest U.S. airstrikes, release of CIA contractor release

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:55:02 EDT

A deadly U.S. airstrike Thursday in a northwest tribal village, along with the sudden release Wednesday of a U.S. intelligence contractor accused of murdering two Pakistanis, has raised tensions between the United States and Pakistan and brought new domestic criticism of Pakistan's security establis

Obama demands pull-back of Libyan troops; Tripoli declares cease-fire

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:37:00 EDT

President demands Libyan government move beyond cease-fire declaration and withdraw troops from cities captured by rebels or face "military action."

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Obama administration seeks more U.N. authority to intervene in Libya

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:48:01 EDT

The Obama administration pressed Thursday for greater United Nations authority to confront Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's forces by land, air and sea, while insisting that Arab governments play a central role in any possible military action.

Pentagon overpaid oilman millions, audit finds

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:38:00 EDT

A Pentagon audit has found that the federal government overpaid a billionaire oilman by as much as $200 million on several military contracts worth nearly $2.7 billion.

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Most Americans back women in combat roles, poll says

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:39:01 EDT

Seven in 10 Americans support permitting women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

America's Navy and the rise of China

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

What kind of force and purpose should the U.S. Navy be ready for?

U.S. military, aid groups prepare to assist after Japan earthquake

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:33:00 EDT

As a highly industrialized nation, earthquake-stricken Japan may not need an outpouring of help, but the U.S. military has redeployed several ships to come to its ally's aid. Search-and-rescue teams, including one from Fairfax County, were also preparing for possible missions to look for survivors.

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:31:00 EDT

Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:58:01 EDT

Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Gates says U.S. military could enforce a no-fly zone in Libya if Obama ordered one

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:08:00 EDT

The comments appeared designed to counter the criticism surrounding his earlier remarks.

Now 'good enough' wins the defense contract

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 23:44:02 EDT

The Air Force's decision late last month to award the long-contested, $35 billion aerial refueling tanker program to Boeing ended a competition that had been fraught with controversy. But analysts say the decision may have sent another message to the contracting community: The government isn't ne...

Pentagon cancer research budget comes under scrutiny

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:44:01 EST

As the Pentagon seeks to trim spending, there are some programs Congress believes the military can't do without. Among them: cancer research.

Japan earthquake, tsunami said to kill hundreds; little impact on Hawaii, other islands

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:05:01 EST

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - A powerful tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake devastated the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday, leaving hundreds dead and launching waves that triggered warnings from Alaska to South America.

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Obama signals willingness to intervene militarily in Libya if crisis worsens

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:04:04 EST

President Obama orders plans giving U.S. military "full capacity to act" in Libya if situation worsens but expresses several notes of caution.

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NATO troops kill Karzai's cousin in botched raid, Afghans say

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:39:01 EST

KABUL - The accidental killing of a cousin of President Hamid Karzai by a U.S. Special Forces team became on Thursday the latest in a string of high-profile civilian casualties that have further soured the relationship between the president and his American benefactors.

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Virginia grand jury indicts 14 in fatal hijacking of American yacht

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:31:00 EST

A federal grand jury in Norfolk indicted 14 men from Somalia and Yemen on piracy charges Thursday, alleging that the men hijacked a yacht, took four U.S. citizens hostage, held them for four days and killed them off the Oman coast in the Arabian Sea.