Jonathan Landay

Pickering, Mullen reject request to testify on Benghazi in private

The two retired senior U.S. officials who oversaw an internal State Department review of last year’s attacks on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday rejected as “an inappropriate precondition” a Republican request that they submit to a closed-door interview before testifying in public. | 05/16/13 17:52:34 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Benghazi emails show CIA deputy director did most of editing on talking points

President Barack Obama succumbed to days of withering criticism Wednesday, releasing dozens of emails in an effort to demonstrate that the White House did not try to cover up information about the September 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed four Americans. | 05/15/13 21:54:37 By - By Anita Kumar and Jonathan S. Landay

Obama lashes out over Benghazi ‘sideshow,’ GOP uncowed

President Barack Obama lashed out Monday at the Republican investigation of last year’s terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, denouncing questions about administration talking points as a “sideshow” and accusing Republicans of using the “political circus” to raise cash. | 05/13/13 21:12:15 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Lesley Clark

In hearing on Benghazi attack, new facts are few but politics plentiful

A much anticipated congressional hearing Wednesday on the September 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, produced no major revelations but plenty of partisan fireworks as Republicans renewed charges that the Obama administration had covered up details of what took place while Democrats retorted that politics is driving the GOP-run investigation. | 05/08/13 19:49:29 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Russians, U.S. agree to Syria talks, but anti-Assad opposition may refuse to participate

The United States and Russia agreed Tuesday to try to convene an international conference on ending Syria’s brutal civil war – possibly by the end of May – but the effort appeared to run into trouble within hours of its announcement with the key U.S.-backed opposition group reiterating that it won’t attend talks involving top Assad regime officials. | 05/07/13 20:20:57 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam

Despite political clamor over Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria, no clear evidence it’s been crossed

Despite rising calls for some kind of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, scant evidence exists, at least in public, that Syria’s vicious civil war has breached President Barack Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons. | 05/06/13 19:35:11 By - By Hannah Allam, Matthew Schofield and Jonathan S. Landay

Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid back in U.S. for medical care

Khalid’s absence – and the scramble to succeed him, should he not be able to return – is likely to hamstring progress on a wide range of issues in which the Afghan intelligence agency and its chief play huge roles, from conflict with Pakistan over border security and Taliban havens in that country to the nascent peace process with the Taliban, which is considered crucial to U.S. plans to withdraw. | 05/02/13 17:09:17 By - By Jay Price and Jonathan S. Landay

As reports of chemical weapons abound, Obama urges caution on Syria

With lawmakers of both parties clamoring for some kind of larger U.S. role in Syria’s civil war, President Barack Obama sought Friday to slow a rush to judgment that regime forces have loosed chemical weapons on civilians, cautioning that “confirmation and strong evidence” of “this potential use” are still needed. | 04/26/13 19:29:29 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama’s options to curb Syria range from bad to worse

Despite a lack of conclusive evidence, the U.S. intelligence assessments that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale intensified pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to give more help to rebels fighting President Bashar Assad. | 04/26/13 06:14:46 By - By Jonathan S. Landay McClatchy Newspapers

U.S. believes Syria may have used chemical weapons; experts offer caution

Even as lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on Thursday to take more aggressive action in Syria, questions surfaced among experts and from within the U.S. government about the strength of the evidence showing that chemical weapons have been used in that nation’s 2-year-old civil war. | 04/25/13 20:15:10 By - By Jonathan S. Landay, Matthew Schofield and Anita Kumar

Senate hearing blasts Obama’s refusal to share details of drone program

Democratic and Republican senators joined a former deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday in urging the Obama administration to make public more information about its top-secret targeted killing program amid questions about the legality and effectiveness of hundreds of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere. | 04/23/13 19:18:38 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama won't send witness to Senate to explain legality of drone war

The Obama administration does not intend to send a witness to testify at a Senate hearing next week on the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, the White House said Wednesday. | 04/17/13 19:29:36 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

In wake of Boston bombings, experts say security can never be perfect

Americans who’ve grown accustomed to rigorous security procedures since the 9/11 attacks may have to endure new measures following the Boston Marathon bombings, but experts on Tuesday warned that no amount of extra precautions can guarantee absolute safety from a determined terrorist. | 04/16/13 19:20:17 By - By Jonathan S. Landay, Marisa Taylor and Greg Gordon

Obama calls Boston Marathon bombing “act of terrorism” as FBI sets up hotline

Authorities are investigating the bombings at the Boston Marathon as an “act of terrorism,” said President Barack Obama on Tuesday. | 04/16/13 15:05:39 By - By Lindsay Wise, Lesley Clark and Jonathan Landay

Bombs shatter festive Boston Marathon, leave at least three dead

The peace of a historic and festive event was shattered Monday when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, including an 8-year-old, and injuring at least 130 more. | 04/15/13 23:55:49 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

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