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US wants more from Pakistan, could boost aid

The US wants and expects more from Pakistan in the fight against insurgents and is ready to offer additional assistance if Islamabad asks, two senior Obama administration officials said. 'We've gotten more cooperation and it's

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US will not accept nuclear N.Korea: Gates

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned on Saturday that the United States would not accept a nuclear North Korea and the growing threat could trigger an arms race in Asia. In a speech to an Asian defence conference in Singapore yeste

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‘Invest in diplomacy’ call

The US should spend much more on diplomacy, economic development and  communicating its message abroad because it cannot win conflicts through military power alone, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said. 'One of the most important lesso

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Gates appeals to China for help on Iran

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appealed to China for help in curbing Iran's nuclear programme, arguing that a stable Gulf was in the interests of Beijing's energy security. Gates said he raised the issue of Iran in his meetings with Chi

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US army contracting methods alarm panel

An independent panel has strongly criticised the way the US army manages contracts to supply its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The panel said there were high levels of fraud and waste in relation to contracts worth $4 billion (£1.9 billi

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Pentagon chief calls planning for Iran strike ‘routine’

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates charactericed US military planning for a strike on Iran as 'routine'. 'I would characterize it as routine,' Gates said on a flight en route to Washington, when asked about any US planning for military acti

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Gates rejects claim war is about oil

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates rejected former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan's statement that the Iraq war 'is largely about oil,' saying the conflict is driven by the need to stabilise the Gulf and put down hostile forces. Ga

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Pentagon to reduce naval presence in Gulf

The Pentagon will reduce its naval presence in the Gulf to one aircraft carrier group by August, defence officials said. The US Defence Department said the move did not reflect a change in its concerns about the Middle East and that its na

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