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China has accused US media of using the opportunity to 'hype' China threat

Report: US finds mineral riches in Afghanistan

A team of US geologists and Pentagon officials has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, conceivably enough to turn the scarred and impoverished country into one of the world's most lucrative mining centres, The New York Times reports.

Pentagon rushes to block release of classified files on Wikileaks

It has the ingredients of a spy thriller: an American military analyst turned whistleblower; 260,000 classified government documents; and rumours that the world's most powerful country is hunting a former hacker whom it believes is about to publish them.

BAE looks to draw US government cyber work

Threats to sensitive computer networks lurk everywhere and with a few mouse clicks, organized criminals and hackers could shut down vital networks that run the US government, industry and military.

US to launch covert strikes on terror targets

White House gives green light to clandestine Special Forces missions across Middle East

Space: the final frontier in America's war on terror

Last month the US launched a secret drone to spy on Afghanistan and Iraq from orbit. The trouble is, it's been spotted. David Usborne reports on the launch of a secret spy drone

Home Secretary puts case of Pentagon hacker on hold

The campaign to halt Gary McKinnon's imminent extradition to the United States to face hacking charges was given a boost yesterday when the Home Secretary put his case on hold.

Gary McKinnon: 'They can't return me to a place I wasn't in'

The British hacker gives an exclusive interview by email about his fight against extradition to the US

US moves from nuclear arms to conventional missiles with global reach

While President Barack Obama speaks overseas of his vision of a world without nuclear weapons, his military commanders at home are quietly accelerating a programme to develop and deploy a new class of conventional intercontinental ballistic missiles which will have the capacity to strike targets anywhere in the world within an hour.

Pentagon inquiry into freelance 'spy cell'

A US defence department official is under investigation for allegedly hiring private contractors to gather intelligence on suspected insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pentagon gunman shot dead

A Californian man killed in a shootout with guards at the Pentagon had driven cross-country and arrived at the military headquarters' subway entrance armed with two semi-automatic weapons.

Military commander says gay ban should be lifted

The top military commander in the United States told Congress yesterday that not only is it time to review the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military instituted by former President Bill Clinton but that getting rid of it entirely would be the "right thing to do".

Armando Iannucci: It's time for Chilcot's team to flex their ageing muscles

Chilcot is coming closer to fingering the culprits, in full view of the media and aggrieved public

Shadow of Katrina hangs over America's response to disaster

The massive military deployment by the United States to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince continued apace yesterday with as many as 10,000 personnel expected to be in place either on land or on US Navy ships just off the coast by tomorrow morning, according to the Pentagon.

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