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UPDATED 7:29 AM EDT, June 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military leaders will roll out their plans Tuesday to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines.
Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later.
UPDATED 7:20 AM EDT, June 18, 2013
Taking a hard line after devastating leaks, the Pentagon is ordering workers to delete from their computers any classified information they find online and warning it will punish those who confirm secrets already in the public domain, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Guardian.
UPDATED 7:34 AM EDT, June 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in all three branches of the government to be the State Department's special envoy for closing down the military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
Clifford Sloan is the pick to reopen the State Department's Office of Guantanamo Closure, shuttered since January and folded into the department's legal adviser's office when the administration, in the face of congressional obstacles, effectively gave up its attempt to close the prison.
UPDATED 7:27 AM EDT, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is heading toward passage of a sweeping defense bill that reflects the outrage among lawmakers over the growing number of sexual assaults in the military.
The legislation is expected to be completed Friday and includes a measure requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a member of the armed services convicted of rape or sexual assault in a military court.
UPDATED 7:32 AM EDT, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.
UPDATED 6:52 AM EDT, June 13, 2013
GENEVA (AP) — Syria's upwardly spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of almost 93,000 people, the United Nations' human rights office said Thursday but acknowledged the real number is likely to be far higher.
A new analysis of the Syrian death toll documented 92,901 killings between March 2011 and the end of April 2013. But the U.N.'s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, who oversees the Geneva-based office, said it was impossible to provide an exact current figure.
UPDATED 6:52 AM EDT, June 14, 2013
Syria’s top rebel commander warns the losses his forces are suffering will become insurmontable in “weeks not months” if the West does not help re-inforce his army in its fight against Syrian government loyalists and trained Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters.
Free Syrian Army Commander Gen. Salim Idriss told the Washington Guardian that the situation for opposition forces is desperate as President Bashar Al-Assad’s loyalist army and Hezbollah fighters are advancing on several key locations.
UPDATED 7:38 AM EDT, June 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moved by the Assad regime's rapid advance, the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the civil war-wracked nation, officials said Sunday.
UPDATED 7:38 AM EDT, June 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation aimed at stemming an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.
The House is scheduled to vote next week on a defense policy bill that would take away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases. The legislation also would require that anyone found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.