The attack, the deadliest on US troops in Iraq in more than two years, comes months before US forces are slated to exit. The Pentagon has signaled time is short for Iraq to request that troops remain.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with troops at Combat Outpost Andar in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on June 6. Mr. Gates visited with troops on the ground in the south and east of the country for the final time as Defense Secretary before his retirement on June 30.
The visit by Secretary of Defense Gates to Singapore highlights Asia's lack of a strong forum for regional security talks. Asian countries are also wary of being squeezed between the US and a rising China.
China's Li Na return the ball to Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday June 4. Li Na became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam event.
A US-China military rivalry may be behind China's recent aggressiveness in the South China Sea. On Sunday, Vietnam claims China cut the underwater cables of one of its survey ships.
President Obama has named Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Dempsey joins a reorganized national security team facing many challenges.
After six days overseas focusing on foreign policy, President Obama returns home Saturday evening and turns to domestic issues starting Sunday with a quick trip to Joplin, Missouri, to meet with those affected by last week’s major tornado.
US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, but Prime MInister Maliki said he is considering seeking an agreement that would allow them to stay longer.
After years of immunity from budget cuts, the Pentagon must identify $400 billion in cuts over the next 12 years, prompting a comprehensive 'strategic review' to define military priorities.
'Somebody' in Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday. But he seemed to absolve 'senior leadership' and warned Congress against cutting US aid.