The rapid advance by Islamic militants in Iraq is building pressure on President Barack Obama to launch air strikes to support the beleaguered Iraqi army.
President Barack Obama is focusing on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by year’s end, even as his administration continues talks behind the scenes about the future American role there.
The increase in “insider attacks” by Afghans against U.S. and coalition forces is complicating President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has emerged as the leading candidate to become President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense and may be nominated as soon as this month, according to two people familiar with the matter.
"This has been disguised in part by official reporting that touts the effect of daily sorties in hitting given target areas, makes claims to strategic effects that are never justified or fully explained, and includes occasional figures for minor damage to given weapons systems."
- Anthony Cordesman on Oct 15, 2014