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Obama Visits Christie In NJ Today To Mark End Of Combat Operations In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Obama, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie, will head to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst today to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and thank the troops stationed there for their service to their country. The president was scheduled to fly via Air Force One to the base, the only U.S. facility serving […]

There will be 1000 troops staying on in Afghanistan past what was suppose to be the end of combat at the conclusion of 2014. Hagel, confirming a change in the U.S. drawdown schedule first reported by Reuters in November, said the additional forces were needed because delays in signing security pacts had impacted plans to […]

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city center in the evening, officials and witnesses said. The suicide attack on the British embassy car in the east of the Afghan capital killed two embassy […]

Update: Afghanistan’s opium poppies have hit another high in 2014: Poppy cultivation is up 7 percent and estimated opium production is up 17 percent over last year, the United Nations reports. KABUL, Afghanistan — Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Afghanistan’s new president, has basked in a warm wave of national goodwill since taking office last month. Afghans […]

GARDEZ, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at […]

In an unheralded and under-reported move, President Obama has authorized a more expansive military mission in Afghanistan. Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according […]

Retired Lt. General Daniel P. Bolger says we lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of our arrogance. According to NPR, Bolger begins his book with: I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, […]

The U.S. Marines and U.K. combat troops have ended operations in Afghanistan. The American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time at the regional headquarters of the international military, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban’s radical Islamist regime launched America’s longest war. The timing of the troops’ withdrawal […]

And just like that, Operation Herrick — the UK’s name for its war in Afghanistan — came to an end today, as British forces “handed the keys” to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province to Afghan security forces, while United States Marines also passed control of their adjoining Camp Leatherneck, the largest Marine base in Afghanistan, […]

The Defense Department’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its required quarterly report to Congress Tuesday. In it we learn that after 11 years and $7.6 billion dollars’ worth of counter-narcotics operations in Afghanistan, poppy production for the heroin trade reached “unprecedented” levels in 2013 — in fact, it’s highest level ever. As the […]

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