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First Milestone Approaches In Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

America pulling combat forces out of Iraqi cities is going to have multiple effects within the country. At this point, nobody can accurately predict what those effects are going to be with 100 percent reliability.

What I Learned In Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stewart Nusbaumer

From my three months in Afghanistan in 2006 and these two months in 2009 I have learned a national flag, a constitution, a president and a national seal do not make a nation.

Top Iraq General: One-Fifth Of US Troops To Stay Longer In Iraq

New York Times | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top American general in Iraq said Friday that one-fifth of American combat troops would stay behind in Iraqi cities even after the June 30 deadlin...

Why Do You Kill?: A former German Parliament Member Speaks on the Iraqi Resistance

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christian Avard

In his latest book, Jurgen Todenhofer travels to Iraq as an unembedded journalist and gives an inside look at what is the Iraqi resistance, and revealing the myths and realities behind the resistance fighters and the terrorists.

Top US Commander: We May Have To Stay Longer In Iraq To Combat al-Qaeda

Times London | Deborah Haynes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The activities of al-Qaeda in two of Iraq's most troubled cities could keep US combat troops engaged beyond the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal,...

New Report Reveals Why We'll Be Paying for the Iraq Occupation for Years to Come, Withdrawal or Not

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

With last week's announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions that he represents a significant change in how the U.S. conducts its foreign policy.

Obama Got Afghanistan/Pakistan Right

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We've finally left fantasy-land, where America can simply go somewhere, topple a government, and western-style democracies will pop up and thrive. Afghanistan is a very different beast.

Welcome to "Obama's War"

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

As someone who was growing up as LBJ's war was tearing his administration down, I had a pit in my stomach as I watched President Obama announce his "Af-Pak" policy.

Taliban Leader: We're Targeting American Troops

ABC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Three of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in Pakistan, once arch-enemies, have formed an alliance that could threaten thousands of American troops s...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:Pakistan: Yet Another Path to Failure Facts: Pakistan's government arrests hundreds of "dissidents" includin...

US Troops May Stay Longer In Mosul Due To Fighting: Odierno

abcnews.go.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, said that continuing the fight against insurgents in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul might...

U.S. Prefers to Leave Iraq Through Jordan and Kuwait, Rather than Turkey

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

Turkish officials have been salivating at the opportunity of presenting the United States with a series of demands in return for allowing U.S. troops to leave through Turkey.

Turkey, US Begin Talks On Iraq-Exit Strategy

Hurriyet Daily News | Zeynep Gurcanli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Turkey and the U.S. have officially began preliminary talks on the use of Turkish soil for the transfer of American troops, arms and other logistic eq...

I Wanted to Stop Bush's Surge, but I Support Obama's Stabilization

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Powers

I hope you will join me in supporting our President Obama and our troops who work to stabilize this "deteriorating situation."

Obama Approves Troop Increase To Afghanistan: Global Responses (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Yesterday President Barack Obama approved the deployment of 17,000 United States troops to Afghanistan, AFP reports. The move led to responses from ac...

Afghanistan: The Indispensable Nation?

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allison Silver

No occupying power has been able to exercise full control in Afghanistan. When did this become Washington's essential, indispensable aim?

Escalation Without A Plan: Top U.S. Officials Admit To Having No Plan for Afghanistan

Thenation.com, Getafghanistanright.com | By Katrina Vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Does this sound familiar? "We have no strategic plan. We never had one." That's how a senior US military commander described the war in Afghanis...

Obama's Extra Afghan Troops Will Be Used To Buy Time

Washingtonpost.com | By Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President-elect Barack Obama intends to sign off on Pentagon plans to send up to 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but the incoming administrati...

Afghanistan Troop Levels May Rise To 60K, Says Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(CBS) U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan could rise to as high as 60,000 over the next 12 to 18 months, says Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. ...

Iraqi Official: US Troops May Need To Stay For A Decade

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq will need a U.S. troop presence to help build up its military forces past the newly agreed three-year deadline for the withdrawal of American sol...

Explain to Me Why Sending Private Security Contractors to Afghanistan Makes Sense

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Barry

Introducing private security contractors -- lightening rods for controversy in the Muslim world -- into an already volatile situation just seems nonsensical.

U.S. Considering "Surge" Of Over 20,000 Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | David Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell ...

Bush's Reversal On Iraq Deadline Gives Obama Flexibility, WaPo Says

washingtonpost.com | Michael Abramowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By agreeing to a fixed deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, President Bush contradicted years of promises that he would never agree t...

Iraqi PM Maliki Now Supports US "Withdrawal Agreement", Source Says

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Leila Fadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has informed Iraq's presidency council that he now supports a security agreement with the United States, a S...

Afghanistan: A Surge in ROE Education is the First Step

Vivian Gembara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Gembara

The ugly issue of the misconduct of some U.S. troops in a war zone must be addressed before sending more soldiers and Marines into Afghanistan.