President Barack Obama found that his personal efforts to shore up relations with the leaders of China and Russia failed to pay off as fugitive Edward Snowden traveled to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport from Hong Kong en route to a permanent refuge, perhaps in Ecuador.
Moussa Koussa , the Libyan foreign minister and former intelligence chief who flew to London on March 30, may spill secrets of Libya’s trail of terror, including the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, as he tries to gain favorable treatment from the U.K., former intelligence officials said.
– The political pressure on President Barack Obama to speed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has grown since the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is complicating his second goal in the region: getting Pakistan to move against Taliban operations on its side of the border.
President Barack Obama has chosen CIA Director Leon Panetta to take over the Pentagon from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and will nominate General David Petraeus to lead the spy agency, an administration official said.
President Barack Obama has ordered a sharp increase in drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan in recent months, anticipating the CIA may soon need to halt such operations in Pakistan’s territory, two U.S. officials said.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers are urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate a militant group behind attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan as a “foreign terrorist organization,” an action which might further strain U.S. relations with Pakistan.
Protesters against an anti-Muslim film stormed the American Embassy compound in Tunisia and targeted diplomatic missions in Sudan and Yemen, while in Egypt the main Islamist groups sought to ease tensions with the U.S.