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  • Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    As violence in Libya increases, US officials have promised that the administration is exploring “all possible options for action” against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Yet Pentagon officials emphasize that they are also weighing the adverse risks of US military action aiding rebels, such as the possibility that Mr. Qaddafi could galvanize support in the name of anti-imperialism. What are steps the US military could take to aid rebels, and how feasible are they?

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  • Troop exit plan means hard choices for US commanders in Afghanistan

    Troop exit plan means hard choices for US commanders in Afghanistan

    Obama's decision that all 30,000 'surge' forces must leave Afghanistan by end of next summer is not the troop exit plan US military leaders were hoping to hear. What choices confront them?

  • Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Three options weighed by the White House

    Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Three options weighed by the White House

    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.

  • American F-15 crashes in Libya, a reminder of mission's potential costs

    American F-15 crashes in Libya, a reminder of mission's potential costs

    Two Britain-based F-15 pilots are safe after an 'equipment malfunction' causes their fighter jet to crash in northeast Libya while conducting a night-time strike on Qaddafi-regime air defenses.

  • Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    Can the US military help Libyan rebels oust Muammar Qaddafi? Four options.

    As violence in Libya increases, US officials have promised that the administration is exploring “all possible options for action” against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Yet Pentagon officials emphasize that they are also weighing the adverse risks of US military action aiding rebels, such as the possibility that Mr. Qaddafi could galvanize support in the name of anti-imperialism. What are steps the US military could take to aid rebels, and how feasible are they?

  • US-Egyptian military ties: How much leverage does the Pentagon have?

    US-Egyptian military ties: How much leverage does the Pentagon have?

    The Egyptian military could play a pivotal role in resolving the crisis, but the Pentagon must weigh carefully how hard a line it wants to take with its Egyptian counterparts.

  • Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Less than two years ago, Yemeni and Saudi militants formed a new franchise called Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The January 2009 merger of existing operations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen was acknowledged by Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Since then, AQAP has hatched a series of attacks against the West and is suspected of being behind the recent UPS and FedEx cargo bombing attempts. Though foiled, the incidents underscore the Al Qaeda offshoot's potential threat beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Here are five of its leaders and key members.

  • Rogue security companies threaten US gains in Afghanistan war

    Rogue security companies threaten US gains in Afghanistan war

    The Pentagon is dependent upon contractors in the Afghanistan war. But many of the security companies are undermining – or even working against –the US war effort.

  • Why is Anwar Al-Awlaki terrorist 'No. 1?'

    Why is Anwar Al-Awlaki terrorist 'No. 1?'

    Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be connected to at least three alleged terrorist attacks, including the Fort Hood shootings, the Christmas Day bombing attempt on an airliner, and the May 2 Times Square bomb.

  • Blackwater fallout: Senate moves to rein in military contractors

    Blackwater fallout: Senate moves to rein in military contractors

    The Senate holds a hearing Wednesday on ways to improve oversight of private military contractors, after a series of incidents involving Blackwater. On Tuesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would stop 'outsourcing' security missions.

  • Obama at one year: new realism in foreign policy

    Obama at one year: new realism in foreign policy

    Less ideological than Bush, Barack Obama pursues a more traditional approach to foreign affairs, marked by a narrower definition of US interests.