DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Jaffe. "Navy SEALs Rescue Kidnapped Aid Workers in Somalia." Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 25 January 2012, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and her Danish colleague, Poul Hagen Thisted, in Somalia. Officials said the raid was carried out by members of the Navy SEAL Team 6. "About a dozen SEALs parachuted from an Air Force Special Operations plane to a spot two miles from the compound where the hostages were being held, Pentagon officials said. The commandos walked through the darkness and surprised the captors, killing at least eight of them before Buchanan and Thisted were taken away in helicopters, officials said." See also, Jeffrey Gettleman, Eric Schmitt, and Thom Shanker, "U.S. Swoops In to Free 2 From Pirates in Somali Raid," New York Times, 25 Jan. 2012.
DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Jaffe. "U.S. 'Secret War' Expands Globally as Special Operations Forces Take Larger Role." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2010, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to senior military and administration officials, "the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups.... Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year.... The Special Operations capabilities requested by the White House go beyond unilateral strikes and include the training of local counterterrorism forces and joint operations with them.... Obama has asked for a 5.7 percent increase in the Special Operations budget for fiscal 2011, for a total of $6.3 billion, plus an additional $3.5 billion in 2010 contingency funding."
DeYoung, Karen, and Vernon Loeb. "Documents Show U.S. Knew Pinochet Planned Crackdown in '73." Washington Post, 1 Jul. 1999, A23.
On 30 June 1999, the U.S. Government released "nearly 6,000 newly declassified ... documents ... that relate to human rights and political violence in Chile during the first five years of [Gen. Augusto] Pinochet's rule.... The redacted documents ... cover the years ... from 1973 to 1978.... Additional documents -- including some from 1968 to 1973 covering the election of Allende, a Marxist, as president and the events leading up to the coup and his death -- are scheduled for release later.... The documents are primarily status overviews and intelligence reports on the situation in Chile, and they add little of substance to scholarly and congressional reviews of the period."
DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Miller. "CIA's Deputy Director to Be Replaced with White House Lawyer." Washington Post, 12 Jun. 2013. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
CIA Director John O. Brennan announced on 12 June 2013 that CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell will retire and be replaced by Avril D. Haines, who "has served for three years as President Obama's deputy counsel in charge of national security issues and as legal adviser to the National Security Council." Haines will be the first woman to the CIA's No. 2 job. "The job of deputy CIA director is a presidential appointment that does not require Senate confirmation." See also, Daniel Klaidman, "The Least Likely Spy," The Daily Beast, 26 Jun. 2013.
[CIA/10s/13 & Components/ODCIA]
DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Miller. "CIA's No. 2 Tapped To Be Deputy National Security Adviser." Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to administration officials on 18 December 2014, Avril D. Haines will become deputy national security adviser, "returning to the White House just 18 months after she left to be ... second in command" at the CIA. "Haines will succeed Antony Blinken, confirmed by the Senate this week as deputy secretary of state." Haines had previously been "deputy White House legal counsel and counsel to the National Security Council." Candisates to replace Haines "could include Glenn Gaffney, head of the agency's science and technology directorate, and Michael Vickers, a former CIA officer serving as the top intelligence official at the Pentagon."
[CIA/10s/14 & Components/ODCIA]
DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Miller. "In Libya, CIA Is Gathering Intelligence on Rebels." Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to U.S. officials, "[t]he Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identities and capabilities of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi." Officials added that the President "has issued a secret finding that would authorize the CIA to carry out a clandestine effort to provide arms and other support to Libyan opposition groups." However, the officials "insisted that no decision [to do so] has been made." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, "C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels," New York Times, 30 Mar. 2011.
DeYoung, Karen, and Greg Miller. "Obama: U.S. at 'Crossroads' in Fight against Terrorism." Washington Post, 23 May 2013. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
In a speech at the National Defense University at Fort McNair on 23 May 2013, President Obama said "the United States has reached a 'crossroads' in its fight against terrorism and ... it is time to redefine and recalibrate a war that eventually will end. Far from repudiating the controversial use of drones against terrorist targets, Obama defended the tactic as effective, legal and life-saving.... Obama used the depiction of a diminished threat environment to make the case for broad counterterrorism changes, including closing the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and finding a U.S. site where military commission trials can be held for eligible detainees."
DeYoung, Karen, and Walter Pincus. "CIA to Air Decades of Its Dirty Laundry: Assassination Attempts Among Abuses Detailed." Washington Post, 22 Jun. 2007 A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said on 21 June 2007 that "the CIA will declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing some of the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses.... Most of the major incidents and operations in the reports to be released next week were revealed in varying detail during congressional investigations.... But the treasure-trove of CIA documents ... is expected to provide far more comprehensive accounts, written by the agency itself."
Assessing the 26 June 2007 release, Karen DeYoung and Walter Pincus, "CIA Releases Files on Past Misdeeds: Assassination Plots, Domestic Spying Cited," Washington Post, 27 Jun. 2007, A1, find that "[t]he documents provided few new details of CIA operations, most of which were revealed long ago, either by Congress or the media. Rather than being a comprehensive accounting of a quarter-century of agency history, they were a haphazard collection of internal memos, communications with Congress and press clippings."
DeYoung, Karen, and Missy Ryan. "Senior ISIS Leader Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria." Washington Post, 16 May 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to a White House statement on 16 May 2015, a U.S. Special Operations raid inside Syria on 15 May 2015 killed Abu Sayyaf, "a senior Islamic State leader." Abu Sayyaf's wife, "who was said to be an Islamic State member, was captured during the operation, and a young [Yazidi] woman who appeared to be held as a slave of the couple, was freed." A U.S. Defense official said that the raid :was carried out by a team of the Army's Delta Force troops, who traveled in Black Hawk helicopters and Osprey aircraft.... [A]bout a dozen militants were killed" in a firefight.
[MI/Ops/Iraq/15; MI/SpecOps/15; Terrorism/10s/15]
DeYoung, Karen, and Joby Warrick. "Drone Attacks Inside Pakistan Will Continue, CIA Chief Says: Panetta Calls Strikes 'Successful' at Disrupting Insurgents." Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2009, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
On 25 February 2009, CIA Director Leon Panetta said in his first news briefing since taking the job that "U.S. aerial attacks against al-Qaeda and other extremist strongholds inside Pakistan would continue."
[CIA/00s/09; MI/Ops/00s/Afgh/09; OtherCountries/Pakistan]
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