The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed Friday by a U.S. drone strike, according to reports by American and Pakistani intelligence. Judy Woodruff speaks with the New York Times’ Declan Walsh on Mehsud’s role in the Taliban and the terrorist organization’s vow to carry out revenge strikes. Continue reading
A former Army captain is receiving the nation’s highest military honor from President Barack Obama for his bravery in one of the most deadly firefights in Afghanistan. William D. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border on Sept. 8, 2009, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.
Photo by U.S. Air Force WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles in response to an investigation into alleged personal misbehavior, officials told The Associated Press on Friday. … Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was abducted and then freed hours later. The incident came in the days after the U.S. military led a raid to capture an al-Qaida leader in Libyan. Also, the military-backed government in Egypt criticized the U.S. decision to cut millions of dollars in aid. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, the House voted to guarantee funding for military death benefits amid the government shutdown, an action supported by President Obama. Also, the State Department announced it will be cutting aid to Egypt over the government’s violent crackdown on protesters. Continue reading
Two raids in Africa over the weekend resulted in the capture of an al-Qaida leader, now being questioned by U.S. military. Jeffrey Brown sits down with White House Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco to discuss the standard for determining terrorist threats and whether or not Libyan officials were consulted prior to the raid. Continue reading
The high-risk mission to capture of Abu Anas al-Libi in Libya may prove to have a high payoff in terms of gained intelligence. Judy Woodruff talks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and Jeremy Bash, a former Defense Department official, about U.S. efforts to go after al-Qaida groups in Africa. Continue reading
The U.S. military completed two raids in North Africa over the weekend. Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaida leader wanted for his involvement in the 1998 embassy bombings, is being interrogated after being nabbed in Tripoli, Libya. Meanwhile, Navy Seals unsuccessfully sought a leader of Al-Shabab in Somalia. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
12 years after the so-called ‘war on terror’ began in 2001, an estimated 55-60,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has said all American combat forces will be pulled from Afghanistan by the end of next year. New York Times foreign correspondent Matthew Rosenberg reports from Kabul via Skype. Continue reading
The death rate from overdoses of addictive painkillers among military veterans is twice the national average. But data shows that the Veterans Administration continues to prescribe increasing amounts of narcotic painkillers to many patients.