The Washington Post
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 07:28
Without a long-term political strategy, we can expect to send young Americans back to Iraq every time Iraqi politics fall apart, a new terrorist group sweeps in and we find ourselves required to clean up the mess.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 06:37
For decades, Afghans fleeing conflict have found a tenuous haven in next-door Pakistan, which has allowed millions to settle there but periodically threatened to send them back. Now, amid new tensions with Washington over drone strikes and fighter jet subsidies, Pakistan says it plans to deport at least 1.5 million refugees within the next two weeks.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 06:35
As the war against the Islamic State in Iraq shows signs of fragile progress, U.S. military leaders there are preparing to ask President Obama for the one thing he is resisting above all else in his final months — the deployment of hundreds more U.S. troops.
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:48
The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war.
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:40
At a NATO summit in Warsaw that begins July 8, the United States and its allies will try to raise $15 billion to fund Afghan security forces through 2020. About $10.5 billion of that is expected to come from the United States, a continuation of commitments to pay and clothe Afghan security forces while supplying them with fuel, weapons and ammunition to fight Taliban insurgents.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 07:41
Tinatin Khidasheli does not hide her impatience with NATO. As defense minister of Georgia, she has spent the past several months lobbying NATO members to grant her country a “membership action plan,” or MAP. Yet when NATO holds its summit in Warsaw on July 8-9, Georgia can expect little. A Georgian MAP will not be on the agenda.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 07:06
Last year’s presidential election fell apart amid cries of fraud. An interim government named in February was supposed to organize a new one. Now, no one is sure who is really in charge.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 06:44
The United States should limit its military mission in Afghanistan to supporting local forces and should intensify pressure on Pakistan to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban, the country’s former president said. Hamid Karzai, who ruled Afghanistan with Western backing from 2001 to 2014, sounded a note of skepticism about recent changes to the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan, which reflect ongoing insecurity and the continued strength of the Taliban.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 06:49
As Iraqi forces backed by U.S. support engage the Islamic State across multiple battlefronts in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that American Apache helicopter gunships had been used in combat for the first time since President Obama authorized their use in April.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:54
Senior U.S. and Iraqi military leaders say foreign assistance since then has helped correct, at least temporarily, some of the Iraqi army’s weaknesses, but, many of these problems remain chronic and threaten to undermine even the narrowly focused goals of the U.S. and allied training effort.