Ryan Crocker , the Obama administration’s nominee to be the ambassador to Afghanistan, said the U.S. can’t afford to abandon the region and let terrorists regain a haven for planning violence like the Sept. 11 attacks.
U.S. lawmakers yesterday questioned the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan, pushing for a significant troop reduction even as the Obama administration emphasizes the need to maintain a strong presence in the country.
Iraqi forces backed by aircraft and Sunni tribal militias launched assaults to expel al-Qaeda-linked militants from two key towns in Anbar province after they seized police stations and other buildings.
Top American officials blamed a Taliban faction with ties to Pakistan’s military intelligence agency for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and said the Obama administration will not accept its haven in Pakistan.
President Barack Obama has chosen CIA Director Leon Panetta to take over the Pentagon from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and will nominate General David Petraeus to lead the spy agency, an administration official said.