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Floating U.S. base to be deployed in Mideastupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 21:41:00

The Pentagon is converting an aging warship into a floating base for use by U.S. commandos operating in the Middle East, according to a senior Defense Department official.

Panel investigating mishandling of military remains to meetupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 03:57:00

A congressional panel investigating claims the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary mishandled the remains of hundreds of fallen U.S. military personnel will meet for the first time Tuesday.

Military confirms RPG downed helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38updated: Wed Oct 12 2011 21:34:00

The August downing of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 38 people, including 17 U.S. Navy SEALs, was caused by a rocket-propelled grenade, fired by insurgents, that struck the aircraft's aft rotor blade, the U.S. Central Command officially confirmed on Wednesday.

Iran to prosecute 26 American officials, MP saysupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 21:01:00

Iran plans to prosecute 26 current and former American officials, an Iranian lawmaker said Sunday, potentially escalating a tit-for-tat dispute between the two countries.

Captured U.S. soldier receives second promotion in two yearsupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 18:51:00

A U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan in 2009 has received his second promotion while in captivity, U.S. Central Command announced Friday.

Somali pirates seize yacht with four Americans onboard, military saysupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 02:30:00

Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four Americans onboard in the Indian Ocean, U.S. military officials said Saturday.

People.com: Julie Schenecker Says She Shot Son, Daughter for Being 'Mouthy'updated: Sun Jan 30 2011 16:28:00

The Tampa woman is hospitalized and charged with two counts of murder

U.S. grenade killed aid worker, British confirmupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 10:08:00

A British aid worker who died during a failed rescue attempt in Afghanistan was killed by a U.S. grenade, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.

Audit: Military using potentially harmful methods of burning trashupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 12:10:00

Military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to use waste methods that expose troops to potentially toxic emissions without fully understanding the effects, according to a new government audit obtained by CNN.

Cyberattack in 2008 prompted new Pentagon cyberdefense planupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:30:00

An infected flash drive put in a U.S. military laptop in 2008 set off the most significant cyberattack ever against the military and brought a turning point in cyberdefense strategy, a top defense official wrote in an article published Wednesday.

Gates proposes cutting Joint Forces command from defense budgetupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 06:41:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced some far-reaching proposals Monday for restructuring the massive budget at his agency, including getting rid of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

New Central Command head announcedupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 17:34:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announces Gen. James Mattis will replace Gen. David Petraeus as the new CENTCOM commander.

'Tough talking' general up for Iraq, Afghanistan commandupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 17:34:00

A controversial and leading U.S. general is in line to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Petraeus brings change in leadership but similarity in styleupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:35:00

On paper, it appeared to be a winning team for President Obama and his new plan to fix Afghanistan: a celebrated general, a master of counterinsurgency strategy overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of CENTCOM, with his his protege running the war in Afghanistan.

Petraeus: 'Respect' for McChrystalupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:35:00

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with Gen. David Petraeus ahead of his upcoming confirmation hearing.

Gates says he agrees with Obama decision on McChrystalupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 13:56:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that he agrees with President Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

June deadliest month of Afghan war for coalition troopsupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 10:59:00

June has become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for coalition troops, a grave milestone in the nearly nine-year-old conflict.

Official: Obama moved quickly to find McChrystal replacementupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 22:13:00

It's still unclear whether President Obama had made up his mind before sitting down Wednesday with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, but CNN has learned that during their one-on-one meeting, Obama gave the general a chance to defend himself.

McChrystal incident a 'learning moment'updated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:42:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday should be looked at as a learning lesson, a former general said.

How much water do you need?updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:23:00

Summer temperatures are soaring, and that scratchy dryness in your throat makes you crave a glass of water.

Two ID'd in Florida air base incidentupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 19:57:00

The names of two people who tried Monday to enter MacDill Air Force Base with unauthorized weapons were released by officials Tuesday.

Armed pair held at Central Command baseupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 12:46:00

All gates at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida will be open Tuesday after being temporarily closed after a heavily armed man and woman were taken into custody when they tried to enter the facility without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said.

Petraeus praises U.S.-U.K. relationshipupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 10:12:00

The security relationship between the United States and Britain is closer than at any time since World War II, the head of the U.S. Central Command said Wednesday.

Fortune: General Petraeus on leadershipupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 04:55:00

Long a star soldier, David Petraeus won wide acclaim for engineering the successful "surge" strategy in Iraq. Now, as head of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, the 57-year-old Army officer oversees all U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We asked him what he's learned about leadership.

Pakistan blast kills 3 in U.S. Special Opsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 14:56:00

A "vicious" roadside bomb blast struck a convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people Wednesday, including three American troops training the country's security forces.

Petraeus: More security funds heading to Yemen, but not troopsupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 09:33:00

The U.S. military does not intend to put ground troops in Yemen, a country where al Qaeda operatives have become an increasing threat, Gen. David Petraeus told CNN in an interview to be aired Sunday.

Yemen and terrorismupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 09:33:00

Gen. David Petraeus discusses terrorism and U.S. aid to Yemen with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Petraeus: U.S. has plan to deal with Iran's nuclear programupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 06:12:00

In addition to diplomacy and sanctions, the United States has developed contingency plans in dealing with Iran's nuclear facilities, a top U.S. military commander told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Al Qaeda militants killed in Yemeni airstrikesupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 13:59:00

Yemeni jets launched an aerial assault Thursday against suspected senior al Qaeda operatives meeting in a remote location, and about 30 militants were killed, according to the Yemen news agency SABA.

'Don't ask, Don't tell' -- don't call home?updated: Wed Dec 23 2009 10:34:00

There's a constant fear that hangs over some service members deployed to a war zone -- and it's not necessarily the threat from insurgents or roadside bombs.

34 killed in Yemen terror raidsupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 07:13:00

Security forces raided locations in two Yemeni provinces killing and arresting dozens of suspected terrorists, the state news agency SABA reported Thursday.

Navy SEALs accused of punching accused Falluja plotterupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 19:58:00

Three U.S. Navy SEALs face criminal charges after the alleged mastermind of one of the most notorious crimes against Americans in Iraq accused them of punching him after his capture, the military said Wednesday.

Petraeus was treated for prostate cancerupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:29:00

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, has been treated for early stage prostate cancer and says recent screening tests have delivered "very positive" news.

Aid agencies warn of crisis amid Yemen fightingupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 11:01:00

Fierce battles between Yemeni government forces and Shiite Muslim rebels in the country's northwest have displaced tens of thousands of people, creating widespread humanitarian concerns, aid agencies said Thursday.

Report: Six arrested in al Qaeda plot on U.S. base in Kuwaitupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 14:35:00

Kuwaiti security forces arrested six Kuwaitis linked to al Qaeda who planned to attack a U.S. military installation, the country's state-run news agency reported Tuesday.

Probe into Afghan civilian deaths: Airstrikes 'appropriate'updated: Fri Jun 19 2009 18:40:00

The U.S. military's use of airpower in a fight in Afghanistan was "appropriate" but it did kill civilians unintentionally, a U.S. military investigation concluded in a report released Friday.

Petraeus tells shipping companies to 'get more serious' about piracyupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 22:20:00

Gen. David Petraeus, chief of U.S. Central Command, said Friday the maritime shipping industry must do more on its own to stop pirates.

'Stressed and tired force' linked to military suicidesupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 21:52:00

An increase in the number of suicides among military personnel can be traced, in part, to a "stressed and tired force" made vulnerable by multiple deployments, a military leader said Wednesday.

Begging for breadupdated: Sat Nov 08 2008 00:12:00

Decades of war and poverty has Afghanistan's children working the streets for basic survival. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

U.S. review likely to say Afghanistan situation 'dire'updated: Sat Nov 08 2008 00:12:00

A classified review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is likely to judge that the United States is losing ground there, according to a government official involved with preparing the review.

What Petraeus will tell Obamaupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 09:36:00

Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, tells CNN's Barbara Starr what he will say to Barack Obama.

Time.com: Petraeus Visits Pakistan, Signals New Prioritiesupdated: Sun Nov 02 2008 13:00:00

Gen. David Petraeus, newly tasked with responsibility for America's two wars, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday

Petraeus takes helm of U.S. Central Commandupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 13:53:00

Gen. David Petraeus took charge Friday of U.S. Central Command, the American military headquarters that focuses on a region of the world that includes Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Iraqi province handed overupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 13:53:00

Parades and speeches mark the transfer of Wasit province from coalition to Iraqi control.

U.S. probe: Afghan airstrike killed at least 33 civiliansupdated: Wed Oct 08 2008 18:17:00

A U.S. military probe has found that an airstrike in western Afghanistan killed at least 33 civilians last month -- in sharp contrast to the five to seven civilian deaths initially reported.

New U.S. commander takes over in Iraqupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 10:53:00

Gen. Ray Odierno on Tuesday took command of U.S. forces in Iraq, marking the end to Gen. David Petraeus' tenure, which saw a reversal in the country's rising violence.

Time.com: General Raymond Odiernoupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 20:00:00

As Gen. David Petraeus, the architect of the U.S. surge policy in Iraq, leaves to

U.S. to continue military aid to Lebanonupdated: Wed May 14 2008 12:41:00

Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the acting commander of U.S. Central Command, spent Wednesday in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss the security crisis with officials there and assure them that U.S. military aid will continue, a U.S. military official said.

Pinned down by gunfireupdated: Wed May 14 2008 12:41:00

A family in Beirut, Lebanon is pinned down by gunfire as fighting continues in the streets.

Reward for wanted terrorist dropsupdated: Tue May 13 2008 21:44:00

The U.S. government has reduced by millions the reward for the capture or killing al Qaeda in Iraq's leader because he's no longer worth the price tag, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

Petraeus picked to lead Central Commandupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:06:00

Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has been chosen to become chief of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

Petraeus gets promotionupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:06:00

Army Gen. David Petraeus has been chosen to become chief of U.S. Central Command. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.

Time.com: What the Petraeus Promotion Meansupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 16:00:00

Democrats fear a stay-the-course-in-Iraq signal, but the message to the military is that warfare is changing

Time.com: New CENTCOM Chief Sworn Inupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 12:00:00

One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. military

CENTCOM Chief Fallon resignsupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 12:30:00

Adm. William Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, resigns over perceptions about Iran. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.

Fallon resigns as chief of U.S. forces in Middle Eastupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 12:30:00

Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

U.S.: Resignation doesn't mean Iran warupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 05:28:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has dismissed as "ridiculous" any suggestion that the resignation of America's military chief in the Middle East signals the United States is planning to go to war with Iran.

Time.com: US Military Mideast Chief Resignsupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 17:00:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Admiral William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, is resigning

Lebanon takes control of refugee campupdated: Sun Sep 02 2007 02:04:00

The Lebanese military took control Sunday of a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon after fighting with Islamist militants who tried to flee, the government announced Sunday.

Islamist's home seized in Lebanonupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 21:08:00

Lebanese troops seized control of a top Islamist militia leader's home in northern Lebanon on Saturday, Lebanese military officials said.

U.S. commander: No civil war in Iraqupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 08:24:00

Iraq isn't engulfed in a civil war, and there are signs of hope outside strife-torn Baghdad, the new leader of U.S. Central Command says.

Sources: 'Friendly fire' video will go to UK coronerupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 04:56:00

The U.S. Central Command judge advocate general has authorized the release of the cockpit video from a U.S. fighter jet involved in a friendly fire incident in Iraq nearly four years ago, Pentagon officials told CNN.

Top U.S. general: We can stabilize Iraqupdated: Wed Nov 15 2006 09:10:00

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday he is optimistic that "we can stabilize Iraq."

Sources: Navy sailor suspected of spying for Russiaupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 11:33:00

A sailor facing espionage and desertion charges has been held at a Norfolk, Virginia, brig since March, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

Navy ends Haditha investigationupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 12:19:00

A U.S. naval investigation team has wrapped up its investigation into the murders of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, allegedly at the hands of U.S. Marines, U.S. military officials told CNN.

Top general defends Rumsfeldupdated: Tue Apr 11 2006 15:21:00

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from new criticism by former Pentagon brass Tuesday, telling reporters that "nobody works harder than he does."

Pentagon: Russia fed U.S. war plans to Iraqupdated: Sat Mar 25 2006 06:41:00

As U.S. troops moved toward Iraq in 2003, Saddam Hussein received intelligence about their battle strategy and troop movements from a Russian ambassador, according to a Pentagon report.

Pentagon: Russians fed Hussein intelligenceupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 21:46:00

As American troops moved toward Iraq, Saddam Hussein was receiving information about U.S. battle strategy and troop movements from a Russian ambassador, according to a Pentagon report released Friday.

U.S. soldiers reprimanded for burning bodiesupdated: Sat Nov 26 2005 09:08:00

Four U.S. soldiers have been reprimanded for an incident in Afghanistan in which the bodies of two Islamic fighters were burned and a message taunting the Taliban about the cremations was broadcast, a U.S. Central Command official said.

Spanish judge wants U.S. soldiers arrestedupdated: Wed Oct 19 2005 08:56:00

A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant Wednesday for three U.S. soldiers, charging them with murder in the death of Spanish TV cameraman Jose Couso in Baghdad, Iraq.

U.S.: Taliban leader held in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Oct 01 2005 06:28:00

U.S. Central Command said Saturday that Afghan National Police captured a key Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan this week.

State Department memo warned of post-war 'planning gaps'updated: Thu Aug 18 2005 00:24:00

Little more than a month before the start of the Iraq war, State Department officials said they warned U.S. military planners about possible "serious planning gaps" for the post-war period, according to newly declassified documents obtained by George Washington University.

Uzbek leader: We don't need probeupdated: Thu May 19 2005 03:04:00

Uzbekistan is unlikely to allow an independent probe into recent violent events in the central Asian nation, according to media reports.

Karzai wants long-term security ties with U.S.updated: Wed Apr 13 2005 04:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his country wants longer, stronger ties with the United States, including a long-term "strategic security relationship."

Qatar car bomber 'was Egyptian'updated: Sun Mar 20 2005 07:33:00

The man who exploded a suicide car bomb outside a Doha, Qatar, theater Saturday was an Egyptian national, Qatar Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.

Car bomb hits theater in Qatar's capitalupdated: Sat Mar 19 2005 15:49:00

A car bomb exploded at a theater near a British school in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday night, killing a British national and wounding 12 others, said the Qatari Interior Ministry.

General: Osama, insurgency trying to communicateupdated: Sat Nov 20 2004 01:12:00

The deputy commanding general of the U.S. Central Command has said he believes wanted terrorists Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden have been trying to communicate with each other, as U.S. and Iraqi troops fight to oust hard-core insurgents in Falluja.

General downplays Iraq violenceupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 08:53:00

The head of U.S. Central Command has given an upbeat assessment of the situation in Iraq, despite the deaths of 250 Iraqis and 29 U.S. military personnel in the last week.

Report: Abu Ghraib was 'Animal House' at nightupdated: Tue Aug 24 2004 16:07:00

Abuses photographed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq represented "deviant behavior and a failure of military leadership and discipline" at the facility, but direct and indirect responsibility for those acts and others elsewhere went higher up the chain of command, an independent panel reported Tuesday.

Sources: Abu Ghraib report casts wide netupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 20:31:00

A new U.S. Army report on questionable practices by the military intelligence brigade at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will recommend about two dozen personnel face possible disciplinary action, military sources tell CNN.

Marine dies in helicopter crash in Afghanistan updated: Thu Aug 12 2004 11:04:00

A U.S. Marine was killed and 14 others were wounded in Afghanistan's Khowst province Thursday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed, a statement from the U.S. Central Command said.

Some Iraq suicide bombers 'forced'updated: Mon Jul 26 2004 18:51:00

The U.S. has evidence that some suicide bombers in Iraq may have been forced against their will to carry out attack missions.

U.S. military orders families to leave Bahrain updated: Mon Jul 05 2004 10:03:00

Fearing possible terror attacks, the head of U.S. Central Command on Monday has ordered 650 U.S. military dependents to leave Bahrain within days.

Former officials to condemn Bush foreign policyupdated: Sun Jun 13 2004 11:56:00

Several former presidential diplomatic and military officials have signed a statement condemning the Bush administration's foreign policy, saying that it has harmed national security, one of the document's signers said Sunday.

U.S. soldier killed by Afghan bombupdated: Mon Jun 07 2004 13:27:00

A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded Monday near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar as American troops battled Taliban fighters along the rugged border with Pakistan, a U.S. commander said.

Pentagon says it attacked fighters -- not weddingupdated: Wed May 19 2004 13:41:00

Pentagon officials Wednesday denied alleged eyewitness reports of a U.S. attack on a wedding party in a remote area of western Iraq that killed innocent civilians.

Marines preparing to reposition in Fallujahupdated: Fri Apr 30 2004 17:12:00

Fallujah has been ravaged by weeks of violence. Now, U.S. Marines are preparing to reposition so Iraqi security troops can take on a larger role in patrolling the city of 200,000.

Man on videotape says he's missing U.S. soldierupdated: Fri Apr 16 2004 01:43:00

A videotape showing a uniformed man who identifies himself as a missing U.S. soldier was broadcast on the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera.

More troops in Iraq?updated: Tue Apr 13 2004 22:48:00

QUESTION: What's your best prediction on how long U.S. troops will have to be in Iraq? And it sounds like you will have to add some troops. Is that a fair assessment?

Baghdad: A year after the fallupdated: Fri Apr 09 2004 16:41:00

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.

Marines, Iraqis join forces to shut down Fallujahupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 01:56:00

U.S. Marines fought skirmishes with Iraqi fighters Monday in and around the restive city of Fallujah, closing off the city in response to the killing and mutilation of four American security guards last week.

Marine captain faulted in 'friendly fire' incidentupdated: Mon Mar 29 2004 17:56:00

A report released Monday by U.S. Central Command recommends disciplinary action against a U.S. Marine Corps captain who called in airstrikes on his fellow Marines in the deadliest "friendly fire" incident of the Iraq war.

Soldiers put Iraq 'war trophies' on eBayupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 18:18:00

A year after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, items touted as having come from Saddam's palaces have turned up for sale on the auction Web site eBay.

Fallujah attack leaves 20 dead, mostly Iraqi policeupdated: Sat Feb 14 2004 05:05:00

At least 20 people died and dozens of prisoners were set free when insurgents stormed a police station and a civil defense compound at dawn in Fallujah, Saturday, Iraqi sources said.

7 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jan 29 2004 13:52:00

A weapons cache exploded in southeastern Afghanistan, killing seven U.S. soldiers and wounding three others and an interpreter, U.S. Central Command has said.

More drugs seized in Gulf - U.S.updated: Fri Jan 02 2004 13:57:00

U.S. forces say they have confiscated nearly 3,000 pounds of hashish and detained 15 people in the northern Persian Gulf.

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