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Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong was a national security reporter for The Washington Times.

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Obama's pressure on Iran raises fear of a military clash

Foreign policy analysts say an escalation of President Obamas hard-line approach toward Iran is heightening anxiety over the prospect of a military clash, as the U.S. and Europe impose tougher sanctions on the Islamic regime to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program. Published January 26, 2012

House Republicans hope to ease automatic defense spending cuts

Republicans on the House Armed Service Committee are stepping up their effort to shield the Defense Department from additional spending cuts ahead of the Feb. 13 release of President Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget. Published January 25, 2012

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hunter: 'Context' in urination on corpses

A congressman who served in Afghanistan is seeking leniency for four Marines videotaped urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, while some backers of the Marines are voicing support online. Published January 19, 2012

**FILE** This image made on Jan. 12, 2012, from an undated video posted on the Internet by a YouTube user self-identified as "semperfiLoneVoice" shows men in U.S. Marine combat gear standing in a semicircle over three bodies. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta branded as "utterly despicable" the video purporting to show four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. (Associated Press)

Fellow Marines post support for 'Urinegate' on Facebook

U.S. officials and veterans groups have denounced a YouTube video showing four Marines urinating on three dead Afghan fighters, but some supporters of the Marines are voicing support online. Published January 19, 2012

Serbian army soldiers check the wreckage of a USAF F-117 stealth fighter after it crashed near Budjanovic, 30 miles northwest of Belgrade, in 1999. (Associated Press)

U.S. drone a tech challenge for Iran

Iran likely would turn to Russia or China for help in reverse engineering a U.S. drone that landed in its territory last year because the Islamic republic lacks the manufacturing capability to replicate the technology. Published January 12, 2012

**FILE**  Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan Border Police, stand over their guns July 4, 2011, while they are presented to the media at the Afghan Border Police headquarters in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. All of them were dressed as women and at least one was strapped with an explosive vest. (Associated Press)

Taliban 'optimistic' about peace talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban is ready to exchange prisoners with the United States and is "optimistic" about engaging in peace talks after it opens its office in Qatar, the militant group's spokesman said this week. Published January 12, 2012

Taliban may want release of prisoners

U.S., Afghan and Taliban officials this week have offered contradicting accounts about the purpose of the Taliban establishing an office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Published January 5, 2012

Hackers set to dump intel-analysis firm's emails

Security analysts are bracing for the release of millions of emails that computer hackers stole from a U.S. intelligence-analysis firm whose clients include federal agencies, large corporations and foreign countries. Published December 29, 2011