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Obama's Defense Secretary blasts Biden: 'Dangerous, difficult situation in Afghanistan'

Former President Defense Secretary Leon Panetta strongly criticized Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan during an interview with CNN.

Obama's Defense Sec. blasts Biden: 'Dangerous situation'player

'I hope US continues to focus on Hezbollah's activities'

Ex-US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks with Galei Tzahal about US pullout from Syria and Hezbollah terror tunnels.

'I hope US continues to focus on Hezbollah's activities'

What can Leon Panetta advise President Trump?

Head of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense, talks about the most important international issues for the American administration today.

What can Leon Panetta advise President Trump?

Panetta Criticizes Obama Over Failure in Syria

In new book, former defense chief criticizes Obama's backtracking on action in Syria over its use of chemical weapons.

Panetta Criticizes Obama Over Failure to Act in Syria

Panetta: We May Have to Use Force Against Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense cautions the Obama administration this week about engaging in endless negotiations with Iran.

Panetta: We May Have to Use Military Force Against Iran

Barak, Panetta Meet at the Pentagon

Defense Minister Ehud Barak talks about Syria and Iran with Pentagon chief Leon Panetta.

Barak, Panetta Meet at the Pentagon

Panetta Admits Supporting Arming Syrian Rebels

Obama's two top defense officials tell Senate they supported a plan to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels.

Panetta, Dempsey Admit Supporting Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels

Egypt: Sinai Won't Be Used to Threaten Israel

US secretary of defense Leon Panetta spoke to Egyptian counterpart, who affirmed Egypt's commitment to maintaining peace treaty with Israel.

Egyptian Official: Sinai Will Not Be Used to Threaten Israel

Confirmed: Panetta to Testify on Benghazi

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will testify before the Senate on Benghazi attack, in a move that may lift one obstacle to Hagel confirmation

Confirmed: Panetta to Testify on Benghazi

Graham: 'Hagel Blocked Until Panetta Testifies'

Sen. Graham said he'll block Hagel’s confirmation hearings until outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testifies on Benghazi attacks.

Graham: 'I'm Going to Block Hagel Until Panetta Testifies'

End to US Miliary Ban on Women in Combat

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the official military ban on women in combat.

End to US Miliary Ban on Women in Combat

Panetta: US Has to Fight Back After Algeria Attack

America has "got to fight back," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday, referring to terrorist attack in Algeria.

Panetta: US Has to 'Fight Back' Against Al Qaeda After Attack

US Asks Turkey, Jordan to Watch Chemical Weapons

The United States has quietly asked Turkey and Jordan to keep an eye on Syria’s chemical weaponry, and possibly step in to manage them.

US Asks Turkey, Jordan to Oversee Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Panetta: U.S. Focused on Securing Syrian Chemicals

The U.S. is increasingly focused on how to secure Syria's chemical weapons if Assad falls from power, says Defense Secretary.

Panetta: U.S. Focused on Securing Syrian Chemical Weapons

Obama Touts Hagel as 'Patriot'

President Obama defended former Sen. Chuck Hagel's record on Sunday, rebuffing attacks on the potential nominee for defense secretary.

Obama Touts Hagel as 'Patriot', 'Doing Extraordinary Work'

Sen. Lieberman: ‘Serious Questions’ on Hagel

Sen. Lieberman joined in the chorus of opposition to potential appointment of former Sen. Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Sen. Lieberman: ‘Serious Questions’ on Possible Hagel Nomination

Panetta: Assad Considering Using Chemical Weapons

The U.S. has intelligence that causes "serious concerns" that Assad will use chemical weapons on rebels, says Panetta.

Panetta: Assad May be Considering Using Chemical Weapons

Panetta: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, reaffirms that Israel has the right to defend itself.

Panetta to Barak: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

Pentagon: Libya Rumor 'Absolutely False'

US military officials denied claims that head of US Africa Command Gen. Carter Ham may have been fired due to response over Benghazi attack.

Pentagon: Libya Rumor 'Absolutely False'

No Reliable Intelligence During Benghazi Attack

Panetta: U.S. military leaders ruled out sending in forces during the attack in Benghazi because of a lack of reliable intelligence.

Panetta: No Reliable Intelligence During Benghazi Attack

U.S. Preparing For Soft War With Iran

U.S. to beef up cyber security, concerned about possible Iranian computer viruses.

U.S. Preparing For More Soft War With Iran

Pentagon to Beef Up Cyber Security

U.S. authorities are holding that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for recent cyber attacks.

Pentagon to Beef Up Cyber Security

Panetta: Syria Has Moved Some Chemical Weapons

Panetta: The Syrian regime has moved some chemical weapons but the main storage sites for remain secure.

Panetta: Syria Has Moved Some Chemical Weapons

Panetta: No Plans to Bolster Forces in Middle East

U.S. military has no major plans to bolster its forces in the Middle East despite violent protests targeting diplomatic outposts.

Panetta: No Plans to Bolster Forces in Middle East

US Positioning Forces in Response to Violence

The U.S. military is positioning troops in as many as 18 locations in the Middle East that the Pentagon is “paying particular attention to.”

Report: US Positioning Forces in as Many as 18 Locations

Panetta: Red Lines Are Political Arguments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sides with Obama, reject Israel's demand of "red lines" for Iran.

Panetta: Red Lines Are Political Arguments

Panetta: US Will Have One Year to Stop Iran

U.S. will have about a year to respond to Iran should the regime decide to build a nuclear weapon, said US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Panetta: US Will Have One Year to Stop Iran if it Builds Nukes

US ‘Responds’ to Iran with Second Warship in Gulf

“When the world calls, we have to respond,” says US defense chief Panetta as the second American aircraft carrier heads for the Gulf.

US ‘Responds’ to Iran with Second Warship in Gulf

US ‘Assures Israel’ By Helping Egypt in Sinai

The US is offering Egypt intelligence systems to help it combat terror in the Sinai and to “assure Israel” as Morsi warms up to Iran.

US ‘Assures Israel’ By Helping Egypt Combat Sinai Terror

Dempsey, Panetta Play Down Israeli Strike in Iran

General Dempsey says an Israeli strike won't destroy Iran's nukes, as Panetta says he believes Israel hasn't yet decided to attack.

Dempsey, Panetta Play Down Israeli Strike in Iran

Panetta’s Visit Sealed F-35 Jet Sale to Israel

The Pentagon approved Israeli electronic warfare equipment for the F-35 stealth fighter jet, whose wings will be built by Israel.

Panetta’s Visit Sealed F-35 War Plane Sale to Israel

Panetta to Netanyahu: No Nukes for Iran

US Secy of Defense Leon Panetta assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu America will block Iran from “ever acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

Panetta to Netanyahu: We Won't Let Iran Acquire Nukesplayer

Barak Tells Panetta Israel Will Decide on Iran

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has informed US Defense Secy Leon Panetta that Israel will make its own decisions on how to deal with Iran.

Barak Tells Panetta Israel Will Decide on Iran

Panetta’s Visit Angers Israeli Motorists

Panetta tried to calm Israeli leaders, but his motorcade infuriated motorists, stuck on roads turned into Israel’s largest parking lots.

Panetta’s Visit Angers Israeli Motorists

Egyptian President's First Letter to Israel

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi writes his first letter to his Israeli counterpart, responding to one sent by President Shimon Peres.

Egyptian President to Israel: 'Let's Get Back on Track'

Panetta Begins ‘Don’t Worry' Trip in Middle East

Panetta flies to Israel this week after starting a trip in Tunisia with optimism: Assad will fall; US and Israel have “great cooperation.”

Panetta Begins ‘Don’t Worry' Trip in Middle East

Panetta to Visit Egypt and Israel Next Week

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will meet Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi and also stop for a visit in Israel.

Panetta to Visit Egypt and Israel Next Week

Peres to Panetta: Iran Striving for Islamic Empire

The world must not let Iran take control of the Middle East, Peres told U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday. “Iran is lying.”

Peres to Panetta: Iran Striving for Islamic Middle East Empire

Panetta Defends Drone Strikes in Pakistan

US Secretary of Defense says drone strikes in Pakistan won't be halted despite Islamabad's protests

Panetta Defends Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Barak Tells Visiting Senators Iran Drags its Feet

Iran is trying to deceive the world while dragging its feet, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told visiting U.S. Senators Monday.

Barak Tells Visiting Senators ‘Deceiving Iran’ Drags its Feet