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  • Troops close to taking Somalia out of terrorists' control

    African troops are targeting the Somali port city of Kismayo, the last main town controlled by al-Shabab terrorists, after driving the al Qaeda-linked rebels out of strongholds across a nation afflicted by 20 years of instability, war and famine.

  • Benigno Aquino, Philippine president, delivers his inaugural speech at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Aquino, who rose from political outsider to Philippine president in less than a year, takes office today pledging to fight poverty, narrow the budget deficit and refrain from raising taxes in a nation trailing its neighbors in economic growth and international investment. Photographer: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

    PEARSON: Obama's message for Aquino

    Two weeks ago in Manila, I had lunch with the mothers of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, university students who disappeared in June 2006 while reportedly conducting research in Central Luzon.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) walks with Gen. John Allen and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker (second from right) on the airport tarmac after his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Mr. Panetta arrived to take stock of progress in the war and discuss plans for the troop drawdown. Gen. Allen heads the NATO coalition forces. (Associated Press)

    U.S. patience with Pakistan running out

    The United States stepped up pressure on Pakistan Thursday, as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said "we are reaching the limits of our patience" with a nominal ally that continues to provide a safe haven to al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

  • U.N. monitors shot at on way to investigate attack in Syria

    Unarmed U.N. monitors came under fire Thursday, as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Activists accused government forces of killing nearly 80 people, including women and children who were shot, hacked to death and burned in their homes.

  • In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012, photo, a Pakistani man cleans the roof of an oil tanker that was used to transport NATO fuel supplies to Afghanistan, and parked with other tankers in a compound in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    New U.S. leverage seen in talks with Pakistan

    The U.S. is trying to break deadlocked talks with Pakistan over reopening a route for NATO troop supplies into Afghanistan — a deal that has proven elusive due to Islamabad's demands for more money and Washington's refusal to apologize for accidentally killing Pakistani forces.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, center right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, second right, and the head of NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, center left, upon his arrival at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

    Panetta: Patience with Pakistan 'reaching limits'

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday pressured Pakistan to do more to root out the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani terrorist network from its territory, saying that U.S. officials are "reaching the limits of our patience."

  • Dempsey: No permanent U.S. presence in Asia-Pacific

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday that the United States does not intend to establish a permanent presence in the Asia-Pacific area even though the new U.S. military strategy focuses attention on the region.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coping with IED threat

    Rowan Scarborough's article, "U.S. troops winning war against IEDs of Taliban" (Page 1, May 25), brings attention to the reality of 21st-century warfare; however, he does not accurately capture the breadth of the threat and the coordinated efforts to ensure our commanders have freedom of maneuver.

  • Israel identifies cyberspace as key battlefield

    Israel's military says it has identified cyberspace as a strategic battlefield and is prepared to go on the offensive.

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