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Afghanistan Drawdown

Slinking Out of Afghanistan? No Sir!

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While about 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to support such a non-combat "train, advise, and assist mission," approximately 24,000 troops will be going home under President Obama's "drawdown plan" before the end of the year.

David Wood

The Green Beret Whose Strategy Could Have Saved Afghanistan, But Not His Career | David Wood | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

A once-promising strategy for stability in Afghanistan ended badly two years ago, along with the career of its author and chief proponent, Army Specia...

Matt Sledge

As Afghanistan Drawdown Looms, Inspector General Warns Of Graft | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

America's watchdog for Afghanistan is watching the country slip away. "Every time I visit, I am told by people that we are succeeding," says John S...

U.S., Afghanistan Near Agreement On Post 2014 Strategy

Posted 07.31.2013 | World

The United States and Afghanistan have reportedly moved closer to a bilateral agreement that spells out the presence of American forces in the country...

Afghans Poised To Take Security Lead From U.S., NATO

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One of the most significant turning points in one of America's longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan's fl...

Afghan President Welcomes Withdrawal

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 04.15.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama's decision to bring half of America's 66,000 troops home within a year was welcomed Wednesday by Afg...

Obama To Make Big Announcement On Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT BURNS and JULIE PACE | Posted 04.14.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he will bring home within a year about half of the 66,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan, shrin...

Afghan Officials: Full Withdrawal Could Reignite Civil War

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | World

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Afghan lawmakers said on Wednesday disaster and civil war would follow if Washington pushed ...

U.S. May Leave 10,000 Troops In Afghanistan After 2014

Posted 11.26.2012 | World

The White House is considering a plan to leave around 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to ...

1 Wounded In Latest Afghan Insider Attack

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 11.17.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan soldier turned his weapon on a vehicle he believed was driven by NATO soldiers on a shared base in the south, slightly...

Karzai: Not So Fast, Parliament

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 10.05.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president responded Sunday to parliament's dismissal of his defense and interior ministers by retaining them ...

Taliban, Pakistan And Iran Could Hamper Afghanistan Exit

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The NATO summit's plan to "responsibly wind down" the Afghan war is not entirely in the hands of President Barack Obama and his ...

Old Guns, Threadbare Boots And Burnt Qurans

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- They say their M16s are dust-prone antiques. Their boots fall apart after a couple of months, they complain, and many of their ...

Karzai: 'Airstrikes Could Undermine US Pact'

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 07.08.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president has warned that civilian casualties caused by NATO airstrikes could undermine the cooperation agree...

US, NATO Prepare Afghanistan Handoff

AP | ANNE GEARAN and SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Several NATO allies promised Wednesday to underwrite Afghanistan's armed forces after foreign troops depart, as the United States and...

Karzai: Cash Is King In US Deal

AP | HEIDI VOGT and AMIR SHAH | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: T...

Bumping Up Presidential Elections?

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.12.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president raised the prospect Thursday of holding presidential elections a year early to avoid a potentially ...

Can U.S.-Afghan Partnership Work?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Violence against NATO troops by Afghan security forces in reponse to burning of the Quran at the Bagram Air Base has reignited doubts over the U.S. endgame in Afghanistan.

NATO Ministers Mull Afghan Drawdown

AP | ROBERT BURNS and SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that NATO allies have agreed broadly to step back from the lead combat role in Afghanist...

Christian Science Monitor: Is Afghanistan Safer?

Christian Science Monitor | Dan Murphy | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

With NATO handing over security control of parts of Afghanistan to local forces today, and with US top commander Gen. David Petraeus's departure from ...

France Honors 7 Killed In Afghanistan As Drawdown Preparation Begins

AP | By SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

PARIS -- France's president and military leadership paid homage Tuesday to seven soldiers killed in Afghanistan in an exceptionally deadly week, as in...

U.S. Troops Begin Afghanistan Drawdown

AP | By HEIDI VOGT | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- The first troops to leave Afghanistan as part of the U.S. drawdown handed over their slice of battlefield Wednesday t...

McCain Rips Obama Over Afghan Drawdown

AP | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain said Sunday the Obama administration is taking an unnecessary risk in drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghani...

General Named To Take Over U.S. Command In Afghanistan Endorses Obama's Drawdown Plan

AP | ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.27.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Marine general expected to carry out President Barack Obama's order to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July s...

The Death of the Bush Doctrine

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Why are Republicans turning against the Bush Doctrine? Partisanship has something to do with it. Afghanistan has become Obama's war. But there's something going on here besides political expediency.