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US General's Taliban Theory: 'Absolutely False,' Says Russia

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti thinks Russia may be giving Afghanistan insurgents supplies

(Newser) - There's been lots in the news about Russia lately, and a high-ranking US Army general just added to the mix—this time regarding the country's involvement with the Taliban. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the supreme allied commander of Europe for NATO, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that... More »

McChrystal Will Retire

Disgraced general's formal rank at issue

(Newser) - Gen. Stanley McChrystal will retire from the Army after 34 years in uniform and one devastating Rolling Stone profile . " McChrystal informed the Army today that he intends to retire, " said a rep, but "we don’t have a date yet or anything like that." Whether he... More »

McChrystal Burned by Our 'Culture of Exposure'

Reporter plays by the new rules, and the general didn't know them

(Newser) - Used to be that public figures—politicians and military types, say—could bitch about their bosses in front of reporters, and that stuff would never make it into the story, writes David Brooks. Now it is the story. Stanley McChrystal somehow missed this development, and his "run-of-the-mill complaining" cost... More »

Petraeus Secretly Treated for Cancer

General diagnosed with prostate cancer in February

(Newser) - Gen. David Petraeus was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in February but underwent successful radiation treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military disclosed today. A spokesman for Petraeus said the treatment had little effect on the general's job and Petraeus did make at least one overseas trip... More »

McChrystal Denies Rift, Says He's Not Quitting

General will not resign, even if his requests are not honored

(Newser) - General McChrystal says his bleak assessment of the US effort in Afghanistan has not created any ill will between him and the Obama administration, and he welcomed the national debate over the mission. In an interview with the New York Times, McChrystal also denied rumors that he will resign he... More »

Generals Puzzle Through Surge in Army Suicides

(Newser) - Top Army brass are meeting monthly to figure out the disturbing rise in soldier suicides, the Washington Post reports. The generals pore through case studies and examine factors such as solitude, multiple tours of duty, and interactions between anti-depressants and high-caffeine drinks like Rip It popular among soldiers. “It's... More »

Army Names First Female 4-Star General

Ann Dunwoody is a 33-year veteran of the military

(Newser) - A 33-year Army veteran today became the first woman in US history to be named a four-star general, CNN reports. Ann Dunwoody, 55, will oversee Army Materiel Command, which outfits and equips soldiers. "The Army nurtured me and mentored me, and today the Army offers me the chance to... More »

Mac Advisers Fear Powell Will Endorse Obama Sunday

National-security heavyweight's camp mum on surprise Meet the Press appearance

(Newser) - Colin Powell could endorse Barack Obama when he appears on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Republican sources tell Politico. No one is exactly sure what Powell will say, but McCain advisers seem convinced that the retired general will throw his considerable national-security heft behind Democrat. More »

Powell Testifies to Stevens' 'Sterling' Rep

Ex-general, diplomat appears at senator's corruption trial

(Newser) - Colin Powell testified in Ted Stevens' defense today, characterizing the Alaska senator's reputation as "sterling" and saying he "was someone whose word you could rely on." On the stand in Washington as a character witness, the ex-secretary of state impishly said he had "dabbled a bit... More »

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