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GOP Lawmaker Recommends Huge Post-War Force in Afghanistan

GOP Lawmaker Recommends Huge Post-War Force in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is still considering how many American troops will remain in Afghanistan when the coalition pulls out the majority of forces next year.While tha…

Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills Five Americans

Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills Five Americans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Monday turned out to be the deadliest day of the year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan as officials said that a helicopter crash outside of Kandahar killed five Americans on board.NATO claimed the Black Hawk …

Two US Troops, Three Afghan Cops Killed in Apparent ‘Insider’ Attack

Two US Troops, Three Afghan Cops Killed in Apparent ‘Insider’ Attack

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two U.S. troops are dead after an apparent “insider” attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.According to officials, a gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform op…

US Denies Allegations of Torture by Afghanistan

US Denies Allegations of Torture by Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The U.S. is denying insinuations by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that its Special Forces were part of a series of tortures and other serious misconduct in Afgha…

Obama to Announce 34,000 Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan

Obama to Announce 34,000 Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will announce at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address that 34,000 troops — more than half of those currently serving in the combat region — will be back from Afghanistan a year from Tu…

US Begins Shipping Supplies Out of Afghanistan

US Begins Shipping Supplies Out of Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In a sign of what is to come, the Pentagon has started shipping heavy equipment out of Afghanistan in anticipation of its major military withdrawal scheduled for…

Gen. Allen Hands Off Command of Afghanistan to Gen. Dunford

Gen. Allen Hands Off Command of Afghanistan to Gen. Dunford

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford is officially the new commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan.Dunford takes over for Marine Gen. John Allen, who stepped down Sunday during a ceremony in Kabul.&n…

American Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Drop Dramatically

American Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Drop Dramatically

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — As Afghan forces take the lead in fighting the Taliban, the U.S. military has just experienced its lowest death toll over a three-month span since late 2008 and early 20…

Sen. Mitch McConnell Now Enthused About Afghan Security Forces

Sen. Mitch McConnell Now Enthused About Afghan Security Forces

DoD photo by Pfc. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that what he’s seen of Afghan national forces, he now likes.The Kentucky Republican told reporters in Italy on Monday that after his latest f…

US Forces Involved with Failed Somalia Hostage Rescue

US Forces Involved with Failed Somalia Hostage Rescue

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama divulged on Sunday that the U.S. military played a role in a botched attempt by French commandos to free a hostage in Somalia last Friday.In a letter to Congress released on Sunday evening, the presid…

US Mulls Leaving No Residual Force Behind in Afghanistan

US Mulls Leaving No Residual Force Behind in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — No U.S. troops left in Afghanistan after 2014?  It’s a possibility.A scenario similar to what occurred in Iraq is a consideration as the White House mulls its plan …

US Troops’ Exit from Afghanistan May Be Rapid

US Troops’ Exit from Afghanistan May Be Rapid

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(WASHINGTON) — Initially, the military hoped there might be as many as 20,000 U.S. troops left behind after combat operations in Afghanistan officially cease at the end of 2014.  …

Al Qaeda Places Bounty on US Ambassador, Troops in Yemen

Al Qaeda Places Bounty on US Ambassador, Troops in Yemen

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen is reportedly offering money for the killing of the American ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier. A video that claims to be from the group has announced a bounty of three kilograms…

Obamas Greet Troops on Christmas

Obamas Greet Troops on Christmas

The White House(HONOLULU) — In what has become a holiday tradition, President Obama and the first lady spent Christmas afternoon greeting service members at the Marines Corps base near their Hawaiian vacation home.Spreading some holiday cheer, the Oba…

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s Press TV is claiming that the U.S. has secretly deployed 3,000 troops in Iraq, suggesting that it might have something to do with the ongoing conflict in Syria.According to Press TV, American forces have b…

‘Insider Attacks’ Resume in Afghanistan

‘Insider Attacks’ Resume in Afghanistan

REZA SHIRMOHAMMADI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — After a lull of several weeks, “insider attacks” on coalition troops have apparently resumed in Afghanistan.The Pentagon reported Thursday that two U.S. troops were killed by someone dressed in…

Karzai Says Afghans Can Take Over for Coalition Earlier than 2014

Karzai Says Afghans Can Take Over for Coalition Earlier than 2014

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai claimed on Thursday that his police and military forces are prepared to take over security chores from the international coalition whenever it decides to withdraw from Afg…

Afghan Soldier Kills Two US Troops in Latest ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack

Afghan Soldier Kills Two US Troops in Latest ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American troops were killed when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire Monday morning, the latest in a series of so-called “insider attacks” that have severely damaged the trust between coalition…

US and Afghanistan Differ on Reasons for ‘Insider’ Attacks

US and Afghanistan Differ on Reasons for ‘Insider’ Attacks

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Pentagon doesn’t know what to make of allegations by Afghan officials that foreign intelligence services are primarily responsible for a recent spike in “insider” attacks that left 10 U.S. tro…

US Death Toll in Afghanistan Reaches 2,000

US Death Toll in Afghanistan Reaches 2,000

U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury(NEW YORK) — It’s very possible that the 2,000th U.S. service member to die in the war in Afghanistan did so at the hands of an Afghan soldier.The New York Times reports that the death toll of American …

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