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Weekend wrap: Expeditionary links

Here are a few stories we were tracking this week but didn't get a chance to write about:

• The Army's top leadership told Congress this week that it's on track to draw down after the Iraq and Afghanistan pullouts as now scheduled, and it expects no problems with continuing to operate as it shrinks its force.

• Among other interesting tidbits, the trove of intelligence recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound indicates that al Qaeda considered attacking or destroying oil tankers -- although American officials say they know of no specific threats to any ships now.

• The Coast Guard has suspended the program in which Coast Guardsmen trained to become Navy SEALs, our own Christian Lowe reports; a spokesman says officials are reviewing whether it's cost effective to send Coast Guardsmen to the teams.

• There are a lot of rumors and reports swirling around about a potential leadership shakeup at the Pentagon, but nothing official yet.

• The American involvement in the international Libya intervention has reached the 60-day mark, and Republican senators are challenging the White House to comply with the War Powers Act and ask Congress to authorize that the operations continue.

• The Military Sealift Command oiler USNS John Ericsson rescued five people off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, as Stripes reports. Oilers aren't exactly cruise ships -- although they are nicer than warships -- but it probably looked pretty good to the five hungry seafarers who had been lost at sea for three days.

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