US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in New Delhi today Tuesday on a two-day visit during which the two countries will discuss a range of issues relating to their strategic partnership as also military trade.
During the delegation-level discussions between Defence Minister A K Antony and Panetta on 6th June, China is also expected to figure in talks between the two sides.
The Vietnamese government on Monday agreed to open three new sites in the country for excavation by the United States to search for troop remains from the war.
Asserting that US was serious about shifting focus to the region, Panetta told reporters on way to Singapore that a new strategy focused on Asia would bring more troops and high-tech weapons to project American power in the region over the next decade.
Indo-US defence cooperation and a dialogue on US plans for a pullout from Afghanistan are top of the agenda.
Both military and intelligence communities of the US have gone after al-Qaeda and will continue to do so, Panetta said in response to a question about recent threats that emanated from Yemen.
The move turns the heat on the terrorist who masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, and signals US is finally taking the Lashkar-e-Taiba seriously enough.
According to a book by noted Pakistani author Ahmed Rashid, Leon Panetta had recommended the White House to establish a parallel spy body inside Pakistan, hidden from its premier intelligence agency ISI, in September 2009.
The US staff sergeant, who has not been named or charged, allegedly slipped out of his small base in southern Afghanistan before dawn, crept into three houses and shot men, women and children at close range then burned some of the bodies. By sunrise, there were 16 corpses.
The Pentagon chief, making an unannounced visit at a time of high tensions after a US soldier massacred 16 Afghan villagers on Sunday, was not hurt in the incident at Bastion Airfield.
In an online poll, forty percent of Americans said the shooting spree, in which nine children and three women were among those killed, had weakened their support for the war.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a growing possibility Israel will attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb, US media reported on Thursday.
Former U.S. NATO Ambassador Kurt Volker said Panetta had erred in putting an emphasis on the 2013 date, which would make withdrawal sound more imminent.
The US is planning to end its combat operations in Afghanistan by mid 2013 and would switch to a "train-and-assist" role, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.
The US military is "fully prepared" for any confrontation with Iran over moves to close the strategic Gulf of Hormuz, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said as White House indicated that option of diplomatic negotiations was still open for Tehran.