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Mattis named overall US commander of Iraq, Afghan wars

Mattis named overall US commander of Iraq, Afghan wars

WASHINGTON: General James Mattis was named as the new head of US Central Command, or CENTCOM, which has overall control of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mattis, whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, replaces General David Petraeus, […]


Airbus submits bid for US military mega-project

Airbus submits bid for US military mega-project

Washington: European aerospace giant Airbus on Thursday submitted its bid for a 40-billion-dollar US military contract also eyed by bitter rival Boeing. Hoping to snare the contract “of the century,” executives from Airbus’s parent firm EADS said their 8,819-page bidding […]


UN to condemn sinking of SKorean warship

UN to condemn sinking of SKorean warship

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council was set to condemn the sinking of a South Korean warship but stop short of strongly censuring North Korea as demanded by Seoul and Washington, a draft statement said. The text, expected to be […]


Solar plane on its way to making history

Solar plane on its way to making history

PAYERNE, Switzerland: A solar powered aircraft was flying in circles high over Switzerland at first light on Thursday, well on its way to completing a historic round the clock flight, the crew said. Solar Impulse is attempting to make the […]


Obama backs Israel on nuclear conference

Obama backs Israel on nuclear conference

Washington: US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that attempts to single out Israel over its undeclared nuclear program could scupper a Middle East regional nuclear conference planned for 2012. Obama delivered the warning in a statement about his talks with […]


Britain to hand over violent Afghan area to US

Britain to hand over violent Afghan area to US

LONDON: British troops are to withdraw from one of the deadliest areas of southern Afghanistan where its forces have suffered heavy casualties, and hand control to the United States, reports said Wednesday. British servicemen will be pulled out of Sangin […]


3 dead as Taliban attack US aid group in Afghanistan

3 dead as Taliban attack US aid group in Afghanistan

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: Three people, including a German security guard, were killed Friday when suicide bombers and gunmen stormed the compound of a US aid organization in northern Afghanistan in an attack claimed by the Taliban. At least four suicide bombers […]


NATO’s deadliest month in Afghan war

NATO’s deadliest month in Afghan war

Kabul: The loss of more than 100 foreign troops in the Afghan war in June serves as a grim reminder to the international community of why Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empires”. At 102, the June toll almost […]


US Afghanistan policy not working: French general

US Afghanistan policy not working: French general

Paris: The American strategy in Afghanistan is “not working,” a senior French general said in comments published Thursday, saying the situation there was at an all-time low. Vincent Desportes, head of France’s elite Interforces Defence College, told Le Monde newspaper […]


 
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