The US commander in Afghanistan essentially dismissed one White House option as 'short-sighted.' Does civilian control of the military mean McChrystal should keep his mouth shut?
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, delivered his request for more troops to top military brass at a secret meeting in Germany this week.
President Obama has said he is reviewing US strategy in Afghanistan. Here are five of the most important people he is listening to – and what they might be telling him.
The Pentagon wants Obama to make his choice soon, but if he's leaning against sending more troops, he might play for time to consider his options.
McChrystal's battlefield assessment, leaked Sunday, says that the US will likely fail in Afghanistan if his mission doesn't get more resources.
A sea-based defense offers more flexibility against changing threats, including from Iran, Pentagon officials say. It also avoids a debate with Eastern Europe.
The EU's monitor for Afghanistan election suggests that 1.1 million of the incumbent president's votes must be investigated.
Mullen's comments to Congress Tuesday were the first time he has gone on record saying the Afghan war needs even more American forces.
The Defense secretary responded Thursday to mounting doubts about the war by saying that the US must stay in order to defeat Al Qaeda, which remains a threat.
A new strategy in Afghanistan to combat the opium trade draws on US experience curbing cocaine shipments in Latin America.