If the US offer to help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons is accepted, a ship being retrofitted with portable decontamination units in Virginia will be sent to do the job. ‘Nothing will be dumped at sea,’ a Pentagon official said.
A military parade ground in Manila is crowded with city residents offering aid to refugees from devastated areas such as Tacloban, where 16 countries were flying in over the weekend to help, according to a US military official.
A US combat role is slated to end in Afghanistan by late 2014, and negotiations go on over terms for keeping US troops there for training. But some analysts see a need to do a deal with the Taliban, sooner or later.
Secretary Hagel spent much of the day following the Navy Yard shooting collecting input to help define the parameters of the review, which could be announced Wednesday, a senior Pentagon official said.
Monday’s horrific Washington Navy Yard shooting, which killed 12, is the third attack in four years on US military installations at home. Active-duty or former military men were behind all three cases.
With an acquittal, Bradley Manning avoided his most serious charge, but he still faces convictions on multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft. The judge has broad discretion for sentencing.