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Topic - Dave Lapan
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has asked a Florida preacher to withdraw his support of the anti-Muslim film that may have fueled the fatal attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.
The Pentagon's top officer will travel to Iraq at the end the month to check on progress in a country that has been beset by sectarian violence and political turmoil since the United Station withdrew most of its troops in December.
The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all nonessential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.
The suspect in the shooting deaths of two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport confessed to targeting American military members, a German security official said Thursday as authorities investigated the killings as a possible act of Islamic terrorism.
The Pentagon is sending 1,400 more Marine combat forces to Afghanistan.
The Pentagon is scrambling to explain what appears to be an intelligence failure after Internet photos made public recently showed a faster-than-estimated advance of China's new fifth-generation warplane.
The Defense Department says it has paid $47,000 to destroy 9,500 copies of a former Army intelligence officer's war memoir that the Pentagon contends threatened national security.
Two Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. Navy warship in the Arctic's Barents Sea last week, each coming within about 50 yards of the frigate, the Pentagon said Friday.
The Pentagon said Monday it was trying to assess the damage caused by the Internet leak of some 91,000 classified documents on the Afghanistan war.
Dempsey spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Jones did not say whether he would limit or continue his backing of the movie, "Innocence of Muslims."
Asked for the Pentagon's response to Iran's growing influence in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal, Col. Lapan said, "We are concerned with malign Iranian influence throughout the Middle East, and sanctions recently enacted are intended to reduce Iran's role in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East."