President Obama and the Pentagon have ruled out US troops in Yemen. The US will have to rely on civilian aid – which has been ineffective in Iraq and Afghanistan – to undermine Al Qaeda.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced recently that he will stay on at least another year. That will help him shepherd some of his Pentagon reforms – and perhaps start new ones.
The Pentagon unveiled a new $1.6 million facility designed to offer comfort to families who come to Dover Air Force Base to grieve for the loss of loved ones in foreign wars.
Due to security threats, the US closed its embassy in Yemen Sunday. The decision points to the strength of Al Qaeda in Yemen – and why the US is stepping up efforts there.
Seven CIA agents and five Canadians were killed Wednesday in two separate incidents in Khost and Kandahar. Where they were killed gives an indication of where fighting will be the toughest in Afghanistan – and why.
Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo clarifies his order allowing court-martial for soldiers who become pregnant or who impregnate a colleague in a war zone, saying Tuesday that any punishment is unlikely to come to that.
On a tour of Iraq, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to Iraqis about the threat posed by Iran. Iraqis worry that Iran will fill the void left by the withdrawal of US forces.
Using common software, Iraqi insurgents intercepted video feeds transmitted by US drone aircraft. It's not an important security breach, officials say, but it does draw attention to the importance of cyber security in increasingly high-tech wars.
Gen. Duncan McNabb, head of the US Transportation Command, is in the thick of deciding how to get 30,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan, per President Obama’s order. It won’t be easy.
A Department of Veterans Affairs study reports a three-fold increase in depression and post-traumatic stress after repeat combat duty, raising questions about the Pentagon’s ability to keep soldiers with combat-related psychological problems away from the front.
Marines will launch a major offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan's district of Marjeh. It could be similar to the battles of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to try to soothe old tensions. Pakistan distrusts US aims in Afghanistan, which makes it a less-than-perfect partner.
A senior American officer said Monday that the entire 30,000-strong Afghanistan troops surge will not be in country until November. The original plan was to send troops to Afghanistan more quickly to bring them back quickly.
It will be months before the 30,000 new troops will have gone to war in Afghanistan. But President Obama already has increased attacks by pilotless Predator drone aircraft against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal areas.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, said Thursday that the Pentagon is ready to start the surge. The first troops will arrive in Afghanistan next week.
At hearings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the US would be able to disable the Taliban to the point where they would no longer threaten the government of Afghanistan.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a pep talk to marines at Camp Lejeune Monday, as the Pentagon announced that the first troops of the Afghanistan surge will deploy by the end of the year.
At Capitol Hill hearings Tuesday, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed the decision to send 30,000 more US troops there. Eikenberry had earlier told Obama he opposed more Afghanistan troops.
The goal of the Afghanistan surge is limited: to break the Taliban's momentum by July 2011. Plenty of US troops will remain in Afghanistan after that to continue work on longer-term goals, said Defense Secretary Robert Gates Sunday.
In President Obama's Afghanistan speech, he announced Tuesday night that he will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. But he's already decided to start bringing them back by mid-2011.