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U.S., Libyan Versions Of Consulate Attack Diverge

The Libyans say it was a premeditated strike by foreign fighters tied to al-Qaida. The Obama administration has called the attack spontaneous, staged by local extremists. For the first time, however, a U.S. official on Wednesday described the incident as "terrorism."
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China Offers Glimpse Of Another New Stealth Fighter

The leaked photos came just before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Last year, the Chinese tested a stealth plane while the previous defense secretary, Robert Gates, was visiting. The moves are seen as an attempt by the Chinese to show off their rapidly expanding military technology.
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ACLU Pushes For Answers On Drone Strikes

Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world. But when the ACLU asked for more information about the targeted killing, the CIA said it's a secret. Now the case is headed to federal appeals court.
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U.S.-Afghan Patrols Halted After Insider Attacks

The U.S. command in Afghanistan has suspended joint patrols by U.S. and Afghan forces. The move comes as the military tries to figure out how to stop insider attacks by Afghans against U.S. and NATO troops.
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Welcome To The New Middle East?

The violent protests at U.S. embassies this week seemed to catch the new Middle East governments flat-footed. So are these attacks an aberration on the rocky road of nation building, or a harbinger of a region moving toward greater chaos?

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