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Pentagon says US air strikes killed 'several top IS leaders' in Iraq Dec 19, 12:58 pm
Washington, Dec 19 (ANI): The Pentagon has said that U.S. air strikes that have killed several top Islamic State (IS) leaders in Iraq in recent weeks have limited the terror group's ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish troops.
Washington, Dec 07 (ANI): Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has confirmed that the Obama administration will leave about 1000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned originally after the end of the year.
Ashton Carter to replace Hagel as new U.S. defence secretary Dec 6, 10:35 am
London, Dec 06 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has nominated former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as the new defence secretary who would replace outgoing Chuck Hagel after receiving approval from the Republican-led U.S. Senate.
Reports of US military sexual assault rise by 8 pc over past year, finds Pentagon study Dec 4, 2:16 pm
Washington, Dec 4 (ANI): A pentagon study has revealed that the number of American troops who filed reports of sexual assault rose by 8 percent over the past year.
Kerry says any Iranian activity targeting IS 'positive' Dec 4, 9:41 am
London, Dec 04 (ANI): United States Secretary of State John Kerry has remarked that any Iranian action against the Islamic State (IS) would be "positive."
US Army exosuits to be ready for use by 2016 Dec 3, 6:16 pm
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): US Army exosuits that have been created to considerably boost a soldier's strength and speed is likely to be ready for prime time by the year 2016.
US conducting roughly 85 pc of airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: Report Nov 30, 5:24 pm
Washington, Nov 30 (ANI): A Pentagon report suggests that the United States is carrying out roughly 85 percent of the airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): Iraqi Kurds have said in a message to the Obama administration that they would require heavy weapons to defeat the Islamic State (IS) militants group.
Pak army spurns Pentagon's `baseless, malicious` report accusing Islamabad of waging `proxy wars` Nov 16, 11:56 am
Karachi, Nov 16 (ANI): The Pakistan army has reportedly termed a report released by the U.S. Defence Department, accusing Pakistan of using "proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military," as "baseless, malicious, demoralising and contrary to ground realities."
Washignton, Nov 15 (ANI): The U.S. Navy SEAL who claims to have shot Osama Bin Laden said that he is afraid the Pentagon might prosecute him for openly telling the story of the May 2011 raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Abottabad in Pakistan.
Pentagon hoping to develop an airborne aircraft carrier Nov 12, 12:08 pm
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): The United States Defense Department is reportedly seeking ideas to develop an airborne platform that could both launch and recover other aircraft.
IS militants' Twitter accounts suggest Baghdadi injured in US-led airstrikes in Anbar Nov 10, 10:08 am
Johannesburg, Nov 10 (ANI): A report has said that the Twitter accounts of several Islamic State (IS) leaders appear to suggest that spiritual leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among a group of senior commanders injured in air strikes at the weekend.
Islamabad objects to Pentagon report, calls it 'baseless' Nov 6, 9:04 pm
Islamabad, Nov. 6 (ANI): Pakistan on Thursday insisted that it does not make any distinctions between terrorists, adding that it was intent on eradicating militants under its Operation Zarb-e Azb. Pakistan was reacting to the recent report filed by the Pentagon to the US Congress which states that Islamabad provides a safe haven to terror groups, a testimony that the Islamic Republic strenuously objects to.
Pak envoy declines comment on Pentagon report Nov 5, 6:16 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 5 (ANI): Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit on Wednesday refused to comment when asked about his reactions to the recent Pentagon report, which accuses the Islamic Republic of using militants as proxies against India.
New Delhi, Nov. 5 (ANI): Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran on Wednesday said the recent Pentagon report on Islamabad using militants as proxies against India is an endorsement of the long held position of New Delhi, and added that this would ultimately help in dealing with the challenge.
New Delhi, Nov. 4 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said there is nothing surprising about the Pentagon saying that Islamabad has been indulging in a proxy war against India.
New Delhi, Nov. 4 (ANI): Commenting on the Pentagon's report, which accuses Pakistan of using militants as proxies against India, security expert Wing Commander (Retd) Praful Bakshi on Tuesday said that Islamabad has been using this method against India for years.
Gurgaon, Nov. 4 (ANI): Defence expert Lt. Gen. (retired) Raj Kadyan on Tuesday welcomed the Pentagon report on Pakistan, which accuses the Islamic Republic of providing safe havens for terror outfits, adding that Islamabad has a pathological hatred of New Delhi.
Washington, Nov 04 (ANI): In an assessment of terrorist refuge in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the United States Congress that militant groups are being used by the country as proxies to counter India's superior military.
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): A top US general has reportedly said that North Korea is capable of building miniaturized nuclear warhead.
US investigating reported seizure of airdropped arms for Kurdish forces by IS in Kobane Oct 22, 2:11 pm
Washington, Oct 22 (ANI): The Pentagon has reportedly said that they are investigating claims that a cache of weapons dropped by the United States-led coalition for Kurdish militiamen have been seized by the Islamic State (IS).
Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee who steered Watergate Scandal coverage dies at 93 Oct 22, 10:50 am
Washington, Oct 10 (ANI): The former Executive Editor of The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, who went down in history as the formidable editor of a newspaper that relentlessly covered the Watergate Scandal leading to the resignation of United States President Richard Nixon in August 1974, has passed away at the age of 93.
Anonymous messaging app 'Whisper' reportedly shares users' location with US agencies Oct 17, 2:17 pm
London, Oct 17 (ANI): Whisper, the discreet social media app that lets users post messages anonymously, may have been tracking its users' locations, and sharing it with US government agencies like Pentagon.
London, Oct 14 (ANI): The Pentagon has reportedly said that global warming is changing the way United States trains for and goes to war.
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