President Barack Obama is briefing top lawmakers on Iraq with no sign he’s ready to order a military intervention to help the Shiite-dominated government fight off Sunni militants threatening the capital Baghdad.
Islamist militants in Iraq fought with the army in a town near Baghdad and with Kurds in the oil- rich province of Kirkuk, as the U.S. weighed options to stem an offensive that threatens to fracture the country.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul today to press Afghan President Hamid Karzai to conclude a security accord that would maintain a limited U.S. military force in Afghanistan after 2014.
U.S. and Afghan officials led by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai met in Kabul yesterday in an effort to conclude an accord that would keep a limited U.S. military force in Afghanistan after 2014.
The commander of allied forces in Afghanistan said the war effort there is succeeding as Afghan forces assume more responsibility for their nation’s security and bear a greater burden of losses to the Taliban.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is heading to his first visit to Asia since the Pentagon said in January it would “rebalance” military strategy toward a region President Barack Obama has called critical to U.S. interests.
The political fallout from the March 11 shooting of 16 civilians, allegedly by an American soldier, is threatening the dual pillars of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, U.S. officials and regional experts said.
President Barack Obama, announcing a reduction of 33,000 troops in Afghanistan by September 2012, said it was “time to focus on nation-building at home” and offered a “centered course” for U.S. military engagement that he said would be rooted in pragmatism.