Leon Panetta

'Osama's body dropped into sea with 300 pounds of iron chains'

'Osama's body dropped into sea with 300 pounds of iron chains'Washington - After al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, his body was kept in a heavy black bag of 300 pounds of iron chain and dropped into the sea, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

After Osama was shot dead, Panetta said, as planned the body of the world's most wanted terrorist was transported by marines flying an Osprey to waiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson for his burial by sea.


Pentagon expands cyber defence ‘five fold’ to counter daily attacks

Pentagon expands cyber defence ‘five fold’ to counter daily attacks Washington, Feb 6 : Pentagon has expanded its cyber defence to counter thousands of attacks every day, a report has said.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned in a speech at Georgetown University that a hostile country could attack America by computer.

He pointed out that the Pentagon is `the target of thousands of cyber attacks every day'.

Panetta said that thousands of cyber attacks are striking at the private sector, Silicon Valley, government, the defense department, an the country's intelligence agencies.


Pentagon to allow women in combat

Pentagon to allow women in combatWashington, Jan 24 - The US has decided to abolish a 1994 rule excluding women from combat, opening hundreds of thousands of frontline jobs to servicewomen, reported the American Forces Press Service, Pentagon's information wing, Wednesday.

The report quoted a senior defense official as saying that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat ban on women in the military. But it provided no further details and did not reveal when the announcement might take place, reported Xinhua.


Panetta vows to rescue US hostages in Algeria

Panetta vows to rescue US hostages in AlgeriaWashington, Jan 17 - The US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, has pledged to "take all necessary steps" to rescue American hostages taken by terrorists who took over a natural gas plant in Algeria, Xinhua reported.

"I want to assure the American people that the United States will take all necessary and proper steps that are required to deal with this situation," Panetta was quoted by the American Forces Press Service as telling the US reporters travelling with him on his current visit to Rome.

The US defense chief arrived in Rome Tuesday on a six-day trip to Europe to visit defense counterparts and troops.


US discussing ways to secure Syria’s chemical weapons post Assad ouster: Panetta

US discussing ways to secure Syria’s chemical weapons post Assad ouster: PanettaWashington, Jan 11 : US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that American officials are discussing with Middle East governments the steps needed to ensure that Syria''s chemical and biological weapons sites are secured when President Bashar al-Assad leaves office.

When asked whether he had ruled out putting U. S. troops in Syria to secure such weapons, Panetta said they `always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, they might ask for assistance in that situation.'


US commander recommends keeping ‘6,000-20,000 troops’ in Afghanistan after 2014

US commander recommends keeping ‘6,000-20,000 troops’ in Afghanistan after 2014Washington, Jan 4 : Top outgoing top American commander in Afghanistan has said that the US would keep between 6,000 and 20,000 troops in the war-torn nation after 2014.

Marine General John Allen made his recommendations to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, but could not confirm what specific troop levels he has proposed as options.

Citing a senior military official, a report by the New York Times said that Allen gave Panetta plans for 6,000, 10,000 and 20,000 troops from which to choose for when NATO''s combat mission ends at the close of 2014.


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