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September 19, 2012
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  • Pentagon clarifies suspension of joint Afghan operations
    The suspension of some joint operations with Afghan forces is temporary and will not affect the U.S.-led coalition's overall strategy on training Afghan forces, officials say. "We're going to take all the steps necessary to try to protect our forces in this situation," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. "But, having said that, we are also going to continue to proceed with the basic plan that we have put in place for transition in Afghanistan." USA TODAY (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Suicide attack kills 12 in Kabul
    Militant group Hizb-i-Islami has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Tuesday that left at least 12 people dead. The group, which said the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old woman, warned that it is looking for additional targets. An anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world prompted the attack, the group said. San Diego Union-Tribune/The Associated Press (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Official outlines U.S. position on laws governing cyberwarfare
    The rules of war for armed attacks also apply to cyber-attacks, said Harold Koh, the State Department's chief legal adviser, speaking Tuesday at a conference in Maryland. Certain forms of cyber-attack can be equated with an attack or an imminent threat of one and can trigger a country's right to self-defense, Koh added, clarifying the U.S. view on the terms of engagement. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/18)
  On the Hill 
  • GOP lawmaker urges faster U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan
    Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., who has supported the Afghan war effort in the past through his role as the chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, is calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region. Young's call reflects growing concern within Congress over insider killings and the ability of the U.S. to carry out a transition plan that sees Afghan troops taking over security responsibilities by 2014, this article says. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (9/18)
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  • National Guard joins hunt for missing radioactive rod
    Halliburton has asked the National Guard for help locating a 7-inch radioactive rod that disappeared last week in western Texas. The National Guard has equipment that could speed up the search process, Halliburton said. The rod, which is used for drilling natural gas wells, is "not something that produces radiation in an extremely dangerous form. But it's best for people to stay back, 20 or 25 feet," said the state health department's Chris Van Deusen. The Christian Science Monitor (9/18) , Bloomberg (9/14)
  • Air Force vice commander: Reservists vital to space, cyber missions
    The Air Force relies heavily on reservists to meet goals in the areas of space and cyber missions, according to 10th Air Force vice commander Brig. Gen. Karen Rizzuti. "Often it's the reservist who is the most experienced on the operations floor. Our folks are part-time warriors who have jobs in the civilian community and the expertise that they bring to the table when they put on their uniform to come and serve is absolutely invaluable to us," Rizzuti says. NationalDefenseMagazine.org (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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