How many US troops are coming home from Afghanistan this year? On the eve of Obama's speech on his promised July start to the drawdown of American forces, here are three scenarios.
Sen. Richard Lugar notes that the GOP's renewed focus on the deficit – and the huge costs of the Afghanistan war – mean that many conservatives are starting to question the endeavor.
How to battle Al Qaeda-affiliated extremists in Yemen has been added to a London conference on Afghanistan. The Fort Hood shooting and Christmas Day airline bombing attempt have made Yemen's extremists a more urgent problem for the US and its antiterror allies.
President Obama is expected to announce an Afghanistan war troop surge tonight, which will have to come from soldiers who served in Iraq. Soldiers says Afghan militants are more skilled from decades of war.
Fatalities from improvised explosive devices, the biggest killer of US troops in Iraq, declined 78 percent over the past year.
Many veterans worry that Americans have become more interested in other issues – the economy, the presidential campaign, and pop culture – than the long wars in which thousands of US troops have fought and sacrificed.
Troop levels could settle at 'presurge' levels of 140,000.