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November 12th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

Where is the typhoon aid?

Anderson got an up-close look at the devastation in Tacloban. Help cannot reach the city fast enough. There are already hundreds of American service members on the ground in the Philippines along with tons of supplies. There is plenty more aid on the way. There are also daunting obstacles to getting the vital supplies to those whose lives are hanging in the balance. CNN's Barbara Starr has the latest on America's contribution to the global relief effort.

Anderson logistics of getting relief supplies to storm victims with Ben Hemmingway a regional advisor for USAID and Geoffrey Pinnock an Emergency Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme.

U.S. Air Force Captain Jonathan Shamess talks to Anderson about U.S. relief efforts in the Philippines.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Typhoon Haiyan
August 30th, 2013
11:55 PM ET

Next steps if the U.S. acts in Syria

Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr describes the next steps if President Obama orders a U.S. strike in Syria.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • President Barack Obama • Syria
April 11th, 2013
10:22 PM ET

Declassification mistake, intel revealed

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the mistake in classification that led to North Korea intelligence being revealed. General James "Spider" Marks explains what the report means about North Korea's military and nuclear weapons capabilities.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • North Korea • Nuclear Weapons
December 6th, 2012
12:55 AM ET

Report: Syria readying chemical weapons

According to an NBC report, the Syrian military is loading chemical weapons inside bombs, awaiting final orders from President Bashar al-Assad to use them against its own people.
CNN has not confirmed this report.
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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Fran Townsend • Robert Baer • Syria
November 16th, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Preview of Petraeus Benghazi testimony

A source tells CNN's Barbara Starr that David Petraeus will acknowledge he knew "almost immediately" about the terrorist group linked to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Benghazi • David Petraeus • Raw Politics
March 9th, 2012
10:07 PM ET

Video: Iran stands firm behind Assad

New U.S. intelligence suggests the Assad regime keeps a firm grip on Syria with military and material support from Iran. Anderson is joined by Pentagon Correspondent, Barbara Starr, who broke the story. Also, former CIA Officer and Time.com intelligence columnist, Robert Baer. And Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Barbara Starr • Fouad Ajami • Robert Baer • Syria
January 4th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Navy officer to be relieved of his command, defense official says

Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Washington (CNN) - Navy Capt. Owen Honors, who produced profanity- and slur-laden videos while second in command of the USS Enterprise, has been relieved of his command of the ship, a senior defense official told CNN Tuesday.

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

The videos on the paper's website, reviewed by CNN, feature a man identified by two Navy officials and The Virginian-Pilot as Honors, who at the time was the executive officer, or second in command, of the aircraft carrier. He recently took command of the carrier, winning one of the most coveted assignments in the U.S. Navy, which has only 11 aircraft carriers.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said the videos, which were shown to the crew of the Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, are "inappropriate."

Honors is shown cursing along with other members of his staff in an attempt to demonstrate humor, according to the videos.

There are also anti-gay slurs, simulated sex acts, and what appear to be two female sailors in a shower together.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Barbara Starr
January 3rd, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Navy opens investigation into raunchy videos

Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Washington (CNN) - The Navy has opened an investigation into how a series of raunchy videos, full of sexual innuendo and anti-gay remarks, were produced and shown to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Chris Sims said the videos, which were shown to the crew in 2006 and 2007, are "inappropriate."

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

The videos on the paper's website, reviewed by CNN, feature a man identified by two Navy officials and The Virginian-Pilot as Capt. Owen Honors, who at the time was the executive officer, or second-in-command, of the Enterprise. He recently took command of the carrier, winning one of the most coveted assignments in the U.S. Navy, which has only 11 aircraft carriers.

Navy investigating lewd videos

Honors is shown cursing along with other members of his staff in an attempt to demonstrate humor, according to videos. There are also anti-gay slurs, simulated sex acts, and what appear to be two female sailors in a shower together.

The investigation was ordered Friday by Adm. John Harvey, the four-star head of the Navy's Fleet Forces Command, after the videos were detailed in The Virginian-Pilot. The paper also posted a link to some of the material, but edited it so that expletives were censored and some identities of junior Navy crew were disguised.

CNN left a message for Honors on Saturday. The Virginian-Pilot said he did not respond to requests for comment.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Barbara Starr
December 23rd, 2010
04:35 PM ET

Gates tells troops 'don't ask, don't tell' is still in effect

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Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

(CNN) - Despite President Barack Obama's signing of a law repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation.

The Pentagon says it does not know how long the certification process may take.

In the meantime, Gates is essentially telling gays and lesbians serving in the military not to come out until 60 days after that determination is made.

"In order to prevent any confusion, I want to be perfectly clear: at this time, there are no new changes to any existing Department or Service policies," said the the memo, released Thursday.

"Service members who alter their personal conduct during this period may face adverse consequences," Gates wrote.

Before the ban is completely lifted, the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to certify that the repeal can move ahead without negatively affecting unit cohesion and military readiness.

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August 17th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
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