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IEDs haunt U.S. forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department expects tough challenges in Afghanistan as it struggles to address the threats from improvised explosives devices, officials said.

Obama in high-level Afghanistan meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and high-level advisers met at the White House Wednesday on Afghanistan but the White House said no major decisions were made.

Petraeus urges linking anti-terror efforts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said "a whole-of-governments approach" is needed in the fight against terrorism around the world.
Gates may get Afghanistan troop request

Gates may get Afghanistan troop request

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates should receive a troop request for Afghanistan by the end of the week, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

U.S. resumes training of Georgian troops

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The United States is once again training Georgian troops for combat participation in counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said.

Senate delay means Geren still Army chief

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Because the U.S. Senate adjourned without confirming his successor, Peter Geren will be the Army secretary until he is formally replaced, the Pentagon said.

Pentagon: Russian subs no cause for alarm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The presence of two Russian submarines seen cruising off America's East Coast should not be cause for alarm, the U.S. Defense Department said.
Gates offers Kurds aid to resolve disputes

Gates offers Kurds aid to resolve disputes

ERBIL, Iraq, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered help to Kurdish leaders in Iraq Wednesday to try to resolve disputes with Iraq's central government, an aide said.

Maliki talks security with Secretary Gates

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed with the U.S. defense secretary ways to ensure national security under the terms of a bilateral military pact.

Reducing stress on Army topic of proposals

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The stress from ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has increased a push for proposals that would temporarily expand the U.S. Army.

Gates considering temporary Army buildup

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is considering whether to temporarily expand the U.S. Army to alleviate stress, the Pentagon said.

Cautious optimism in Helmand province

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- The success of the mission in Afghanistan is encouraging despite modest setbacks as the military surge unfolds, the U.S. Defense Department said.

Gates to GIs: Smoke 'em if you got 'em

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has no intention of telling troops they can't smoke cigarettes in war zones, his press secretary said Wednesday.

Iraqi violence to rise ahead of deadline

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- With the death toll from a bomb attack in Sadr City approaching 70, U.S. military officials say Iraq can expect further violence as a combat deadline looms.
Gates to attend two NATO meetings

Gates to attend two NATO meetings

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Afghanistan will headline NATO-interest discussions U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will have in two meetings in Europe, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Afghan military tactics expected to change

Afghan military tactics expected to change

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department is considering changing tactics and deploying specialized troops to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan, a military source said.

Defense budget: A change in direction

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates's budget recommendations will show "a fundamental shift in direction," a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

Gates to unveil Pentagon budget request

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Budget decisions to be made during the weekend will signal a fundamental shift for the U.S. Defense, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
Gates sought secrecy in budget process

Gates sought secrecy in budget process

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates sought secrecy pledges from top military leaders to prevent leaks about specifics in the defense budget, an aide said.

Sources: No case files exist on detainees

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- There are no comprehensive case files on many of the about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sources told The Washington Post.
61 freed detainees said back in terror

61 freed detainees said back in terror

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials say dozens of detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison camp have likely returned to terrorism activities.

Official: Greece objected to arms shipment

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. military says it canceled the shipment of ammunition from the Greek port of Astakos to a U.S. stockpile in Israel after Greek officials voiced concern.
Brigade going home early in Iraq

Brigade going home early in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq will be reduced from 15 to 14 about six weeks earlier than planned, Pentagon officials say.

No Afghanistan reinforcements on horizon

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Department officials say they are looking for more troops and assets to send to Afghanistan, but nothing has presented itself so far.

Pentagon says shock reports exaggerated

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A military official said Tuesday reports of shoddy electrical work at U.S. facilities in Iraq that has resulted in U.S. servicemen being killed are exaggerated.
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