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  • U.S. troops now guarding against attack by Afghan allies

    U.S. troops now guarding against attack by Afghan allies
    U.S. and NATO soldiers have been ordered to take extraordinary precautions against being shot by Afghan troops, including designating “guardian angels” to keep watch at joint bases around the clock, according to a senior military official.
  • EGYPT: Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks with counterparts in Egypt, Israel about unrest

     
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke with Egyptian and Israeli counterparts this weekend about Egyptian unrest, Pentagon officials said Sunday. Gates spoke by telephone to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the Egyptian minister of defense, about...

    EGYPT: White House, U.S. politicians sharpen messages to President Hosni Mubarak

     
    Top U.S. officials stepped up overt and behind-the-scenes pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday, saying he needs to begin handing over power to a new generation now and demanding his government curb the violence unleashed against...

    Pakistan's top envoy to the U.S. summoned back to Islamabad

     
    Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. this week was summoned back to Islamabad. The envoy, Husain Haqqani, faces questioning about his role in a purported attempt to get Washington's help in reining in Pakistan's powerful military.

    ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Pentagon salutes J.R. Martinez

     
    In his letter, Panetta wrote, "In the eight years since your injury, you have done extraordinary work assisting other wounded warriors and raising public awareness of the challenges our service members and their families face when they return home, and...