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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

DEATH BY HELLFIRE: The Pentagon has disclosed that last Sunday U.S. drones unleashed a furious fusillade of Hellfire missiles at two compounds in a remote area of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. The targets were al-Qaida’s two most-senior leaders Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi. “This is the most significant al-Qaida strike in Afghanistan in several years,” a senior Pentagon official tells us. “Al-Qatani was the number one al-Qaida official in Afghanistan, and al-Utabi was number two or three.” The Pentagon has not pronounced them dead yet, but its overhead imagery indicated both compounds were leveled. Al-Qatani, who at the time was known as Nayf Salam Muhammad Ujaym al-Hababi, figures prominently in declassified files recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. The Treasury Department has a dossier on him here. Meanwhile, … Read entire article »

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLAPPER: The nation’s top spymaster sat down with Charlie Rose yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, and gave what was probably very close to the intel briefings provided to both of the major presidential candidates. It’s a grave new world out there, according toJames Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. Here’s Clapper’s take: North Korean Nukes: “I think the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause. They are not going to do that. That is their ticket to survival. … They are under siege and they are very paranoid. So the notion of giving up their nuclear capability, whatever it is, is a nonstarter with them. The best we could probably hope for is some sort of a cap. But … Read entire article »

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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

A FIRESTORM OF OUTRAGE: “This has the attention of our leadership,” was the succinct response from Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis Monday to the rapidly mounting outrage over the revelation that some 10,000 California National Guard troops are being forced to repay enlistment bonus that they were given a decade ago. The payments, $15,000 or more, were made to soldiers to go back to war who had no idea they didn’t actually qualify for the bonuses. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s reaction was typical. “Disgraceful and insulting,” he wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “I find it difficult to believe that either you or your leadership team was aware that such a boneheaded decision was made to demand repayment.” All together, 20 GOP lawmakers have signed a letter … Read entire article »

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