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More than a decade after the improvised explosive device became the scourge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is battling another relatively rudimentary device that threatens to wreak havoc on American troops: the drone.
The range of their use is “up to the creativity of the enemy,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, director of a Pentagon agency called the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), which is focusing on countering the drone threat.
The Pentagon is upholding a contempt charge against a brigadier general who was confined to a trailer at Guantanamo Bay after he excused a detainee's civilian lawyers from participating in a hearing.
On Tuesday the Defense Department Office of Military Commissions Convening Authority issued its ruling, finding against Baker and upholding the contempt of court ruling. As part of the decision, the Convening Authority recommended Joint Task Force Guantanamo designate or build a "clean facility" to assure attorney client meetings are not subject to monitoring.
La David T. Johnson were found about five weeks after he was killed in an ambush in Niger last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday, raising more questions about the operation that led to the deaths of four elite U.S. soldiers.
The announcement of Johnson’s remains, which were somehow missed in the initial sweep, comes after The Washington Post reported that Johnson was found by villagers with his hands bound and a gaping wound in his head, raising the possibility that he was captured alive and later executed.