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Troop Surge

Last Troops From Afghanistan Surge Head Home

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.20.2012 | World

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating...

Letting Tax Cuts Expire Would Save U.S. $60 Billion Per Year

The New York Times | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

$60 Billion: The approximate amount that extending the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000 a year -- which Congress seems on the verge of doing -- ...

Poll: Afghans Lose Confidence In U.S., NATO

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than a quarter of Afghans see insurgent attacks against American troops as justified, according to a poll release...

White House Worried About 'Deteriorating Stalemate' In Afghanistan

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 01.14.2013 | World

The assessments now pouring into the White House from Afghanistan run the gamut from discouraging to awful, as the Obama administration finishes up it...

WATCH Woodward: Obama 'Psychologically' Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is "psychologically" out of Afghanistan, says author and Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Woodward appeared on CBS's "Early Show"...

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...

Marjah Battle: NATO Forces Move To Flush Out Final Taliban Resistance

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — An Afghan Defense Ministry official says at least seven people have been killed in bombing attacks in the capital Kabul. Gen. Ahman Zia...

Taliban Using Human Shields In Afghanistan

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters holding out in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, firing from compounds where U.S....

Marjah Battle: Gunfire Between Marines, Taliban Foreshadows Major Afghanistan Fight

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan forces ringed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, sealing off escape routes and setting the...

Biggest Afghanistan Battle Looms

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. troops and their Afghan and NATO allies are planning their biggest joint offensive since the Afghan war's s...

McChrystal: Taliban Could Play Role In Afghanistan Peace

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, has raised the prospect that his troop surge will lead to a negotiated peace with the T...

Pakistan Fears Influx Of Militants Caused By U.S. Surge In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As 30,000 U.S. troops begin to deploy to Afghanistan, fears are rising in Pakistan that a stepped-up war just over the border could worsen the increas...

NATO Allies Commit 7,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — NATO allies will bolster the American troop surge in Afghanistan by sending at least 7,000 soldiers of their own, officials said Frid...

Robert Gates Wants War Advice To Obama Kept Private

The Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson and Scott Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stressed Monday that military and civilian leaders should keep their advice to President Obama on Afghanistan privat...

Up To 56,000 More Contractors Could Be Sent With Troops To Afghanistan

TPM | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama 'Delivered The Orders' On Afghanistan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has issued orders for the implementation of his Afghanistan strategy to military officials and cabinet members, spokesman Rober...

Karl Eikenberry Assures Afghans That U.S. Will Stay Beyond 2011

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain i...

How Do You Ask Someone to Be the Last to Die for President Obama's Political Image?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

It is possible that President Obama is risking the lives of 100,000 troops with no intention of actually waging the counterinsurgency strategy he publicly says is necessary.

Afghanistan Ambassador Speaks Out On U.S. Troop Surge

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Guttman

Ambassador Jawad makes our surge seem plausible when he states: "The mission is clear. This is America's war to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda."

General David Rodriguez: Afghanistan Troop Surge Will Take Longer

AP | ANNE GEARAN and AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — The military may not finish its surge of 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan until nearly a year from now, a senior U.S. commander sai...

Is Obama About to Make a Huge Mistake Over Afghanistan Troop Surge?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Instead of trying to play the "let's try to make everybody happy and ultimately make no one happy" game again, Obama could do what many believe he truly wants to, and end the war.

Nancy Pelosi: Barack Obama Must 'Make His Case' For Afghanistan Funds

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that it's up to President Barack Obama to persuade reluctant Democrats to fund his Afghanistan troop buildup...

The Forgotten Cost of War: Caring for Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama has finally laid out his strategy for Afghanistan. Unfortunately, he did so without using the word "veteran" and without articulating any back-end support for our returning troops.

Senate Panel OKs $128 Billion For Afghanistan, Iraq Wars

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With hardly any debate, a powerful Senate committee Thursday approved President Barack Obama's $128 billion request for military op...

George Will: If Iraq Troop Surge Didn't Work, U.S. Forces Must Come Home Sooner | George F. Will | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If there is a worse use of the U.S. military than "nation-building," it is adult supervision and behavior modification of other peoples' politicians. ...