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U.S. scores some wins but Taliban winning the propaganda war

November 2, 2011 The U.S. military is bolstering the defenses around Kabul in response to a string of high-profile attacks inside the Afghan capital, but the moves may come too late to prevent a further deterioration in public support for the Obama administration's handling of the unpopular war. The White House is in...

As wars wind down, some forces face wearying future

October 25, 2011 Army Ranger Kristoffer Domeij was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday while on his 14th combat deployment, highlighting a dispiriting fact of life for some of America's warriors: conventional forces are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan in large numbers, but the sky-high demand for special-operations troops like the Rangers won't be changing...

U.S. drone struck Qaddafi's convoy, Pentagon says

October 20, 2011 A U.S. Predator drone took part in a strike on a convoy carrying ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi as he fled the town of Surt in Libya, a senior U.S. military official has said. A French warplane also struck the convoy, before Qaddafi was reportedly captured and killed Thursday by...

NATO given proof of Qaddafi death, allied military official says

October 20, 2011 This story has been updated. Libya's interim government has sent NATO commanders still pictures and video imagery which "leave no doubt" of Muammar el-Qaddafi's death, a senior Western military official told National Journal. The official said "other NATO assets" - an allusion to the Western intelligence operatives who have been...

Iraq war ends with a whimper, not a bang

October 17, 2011 The Iraq War began with Pentagon officials boasting about an initial offensive that would "shock and awe" the enemy, then-President George W. Bush flying a military plane to an aircraft carrier for a high-profile address to thousands of cheering troops, and round-the-clock coverage on the nation's TV networks. Eight and...

As wars wind down, Army general worries about troop discipline

October 5, 2011 A senior Army general said on Wednesday that the military was beginning to face serious discipline problems as troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and start returning to less-rigorous deployments at large bases in Europe and the U.S. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the top Army officer in Europe, said that the...

U.S. troops leaving Iraq, but U.S. presence there just ramping up

September 26, 2011 BASRA, Iraq-The sprawling U.S. base near the international airport in this oil-rich southern city is a shadow of its former self. Thousands of troops have already departed, leaving dozens of trailers and buildings completely empty. The remaining American forces will depart in late December, turning control of the base over...

Washington and Baghdad divided over future U.S. presence

September 21, 2011 BAGHDAD -- Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi is one of the most pro-American politicians in this country and has had a warm, decades-long relationship with the Pentagon and the CIA. He believes Iraq's security forces will be incapable of protecting the country without sustained foreign assistance. But you won't...

Afghanistan's civilian surge comes with enormous price tag and uncertain results

September 8, 2011 Add some new numbers to the eye-popping price tag of the unpopular Afghan war: $2 billion, which is the total cost of the Obama administration's ongoing surge of civilian officials into Afghanistan, and $500,000, which what it costs taxpayers to deploy each federal employee to the war zone for a...

State to name head of aid efforts in Libya and Egypt

September 7, 2011 The State Department will formally create a new position later this week to oversee American aid efforts in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia even as the Obama administration debates whether the U.S. should play a leading role in helping to rebuild the three countries. Sources familiar with matter say William Taylor,...