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Gates: Domestic Concerns Will Affect Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Plans

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama will have to incorporate domestic concerns about the war in Afghanistan ...

Gates: Only Modest Troop Reductions In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.04.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates appealed for patience with an unpopular war and said Saturday that only modest U.S. tro...

David Wood

'It's A Mess': Friction Between Pentagon And White House On Libya

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After 26 months in office, President Obama still has not forged a smoothly working national security team that can both nimbly pounce o...

General Petraeus Jokes With Secretary Of Defense About Attacking Libya

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is visiting Afghanistan this week to evaluate military progress, met up with General David Petraeus, head of U....

Gates Defends Surge In Afghanistan

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Evidence is building that the Obama administration's surge strategy is working in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said ...

Robert Gates: 'We're Not Ever Leaving' Afghanistan

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a shocking indication of a split between the White House and the Pentagon over the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that...

Robert Gates In Afghanistan: Some Troops Could Leave Early

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PUL-E-CHARKHI, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility Wednesday that some of the U.S. forces involved in the A...

Gates, Clinton Crucial Voting Bloc On Afghanistan

New York Times | Mark Landler and Thom Shanker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The last time the Obama administration arrived at a moment of truth in the debate over what to do about Afghanistan, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert...

Gates To Afghans: US `in this thing to win'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived Tuesday in Afghanistan with plans to assure officials and American troops there that...

Gates: Military Will Fall In Line Behind Obama On Afghanistan

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. military will not hesitate in carrying out whatever mission President Barack Obama dec...

Gates: Afghan Surge Could Happen Swiftly

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said any new U.S. forces President Barack Obama sends to Afghanistan could move into the country swi...

Obama Advisers Split On Afghanistan, Complicating His Decision

AP | LARA JAKES and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to delay a face-to-face briefing from the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, who hours earlier had warned...

Sam Stein

Gates Contradicts Obama: Afghan "Exit Strategy" A "Strategic Mistake"

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday it would be a "strategic mistake" for the U.S. to put a timeline or exit strategy on its presence in Afg...

Gates: Victory In Iraq And Afghan Wars Challenge But Achievable (VIDEO)

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a wide-ranging interview with Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara, Gates spoke about the US strategy for peace in Afghanistan facing a "war of necessit...

Gates: It's Not Time To Leave Afghanistan

AP | LARA JAKES and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Facing eroding public support for the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon chief said Thursday that the Obama administration's effort i...

US troops Won't Be Sent To Pakistan: Robert Gates

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — There are no plans to deploy U.S. ground troops to Pakistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, ...

Sam Stein

Gates: I Expect NATO Allies Will Send Forces To Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that he expected NATO allies to contribute "additional forces" to Afghanistan, and defined the mission o...

Gates: Pakistan-Style Truce In Afghanistan Acceptable

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KRAKOW, Poland — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that Washington could accept a political agreement between the Afghan governmen...

Obama Backpedals On Afghan Troop Surge

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

We may soon witness a reverse triple back flip with pike by the Obama administration over his campaign promise of increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan.

Gates Delays Decision To Send Troops To Afghanistan

Blogs.abcnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ABC News' Luis Martinez reports: ABC News has learned that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to delay a decision to send additional troops in...

Iraqi Elections: Share Your Experiences, Photos

Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hanna Ingber Win

Iraqi voters go to the polls this Saturday for the first time since 2005 as they cast their ballots in provincial elections. Early voting began Wednes...

Gates: Afghan War Is America's "Greatest Military Challenge"

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday "we are lost" unless the United States can find a way not to kill so many civilians in ...

Gates: More Brigades To Afghanistan By Summer, Must Build Up Afghan Army

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MANAMA, Bahrain — The U.S. military will pour thousands of troops into Afghanistan by next summer, and can expect to commit a sustained force fo...