Wars of America

Obama says tough decisions soon on Iraq, Afghan wars

Ross Colvin and David Alexander Reuters 29.01.2009

The United States must make tough decisions soon about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday after receiving his first briefing from the heads of the U.S. armed forces.

Up to 30,000 new US troops in Afghanistan by summer

Golnar Motevalli Reuters 21.12.2008

The United States is aiming to send 20,000 to 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan by the beginning of next summer, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday.


U.S. military operations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, have cost $904 billion since 2001 and could top $1.7 trillion by 2018, even with big cuts in overseas troop deployments, a report said on Monday.

Iraqi army soldiers march during a graduation ceremony after their training in Besmaya Combat Training Centre, in the outskirts of Baghdad August 20, 2008.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday that an agreement had been reached in negotiations on a security pact with the United States to end any foreign military presence in Iraq by the end of 2011.

Obama says conditions to dictate final Iraq force

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said in an interview published on Saturday the size of a residual U.S. force left in Iraq after the withdrawal of combat troops would be "entirely conditions-based."

Iraqi schedule for withdrawal close to Obama's

Alexandra Zavis and Doug Smith Los Angeles Times 22.07.2008
Iraqi schedule for withdrawal close to Obama's

The announcement bolsters the Democratic candidate in the early days of his Middle East trip. Meanwhile, John McCain visits with President George H.W. Bush in Maine.

Troop withdrawal timetable concerns Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top military officer said Sunday a specific time frame for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq could jeopardize political and economic progress, leading to "dangerous consequences."

Troop withdrawal timetable concerns Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top military officer said Sunday a specific time frame for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq could jeopardize political and economic progress, leading to "dangerous consequences."

British hostage in Iraq has committed suicide, captors claim

The kidnappers of five British men taken hostage in Iraq have released a video statement claiming one of their captives has committed suicide.

PETA Up In Arms Over Army Shooting Pigs

(AP) The U.S. Army is moving forward with plans to shoot live pigs and treat their gunshot wounds in a medical trauma exercise Friday for soldiers headed to Iraq.

Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan - magazine

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.

REUTERS/Joe Skipper

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A Yemeni likely to be the first person tried before the U.S. war crimes court at Guantanamo naval base was more than just a driver for Osama bin Laden, U.S. agents said on Thursday.

Pentagon Ponders Afghanistan Troop Boost

(CBS) U.S. troops have beaten a tactical retreat in Afghanistan, abandoning the remote border outpost that was almost overrun by insurgents over the weekend. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scrambling to find reinforcements he can send - rig...

Obama promises 10,000 more troops for Afghanistan

Ewen MacAskill Guardian.co.uk 16.07.2008
US marines, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol in the town of Garmser in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photograph: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Barack Obama yesterday pledged to increase US troops in Afghanistan by a third if he becomes president, sending 10,000 more to reinforce the 33,000 already there.

Family and friends welcome home paratroopers at Fort Bragg in North Carolina

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican John McCain's camp has charged that his Democratic foe Barack Obama would trade defeat in Iraq for an election win, as a fierce new row over the war rocked the White House race.

Attack on US base in Afghanistan kills 9 Americans

KABUL, Afghanistan - A multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote U.S. base close to the Pakistan border killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15 Sunday in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three years, officials said.

New law is urged on war powers

Doyle McManus Los Angeles Times 09.07.2008
New law is urged on war powers

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan commission Tuesday called for a new law to require the next president to ask Congress for formal approval of any decision to go to war and force the White House to consult Congress once a war is underway.

Iraq raises idea of timetable for US withdrawal

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sebastian Abbot AP 08.07.2008
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Monday his country wants some type of timetable for a withdrawal of American troops included in the deal the two countries are negotiating.

U.S. soldiers walk at the flight line of the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan in a file photo. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

KABUL (Reuters) - Four U.S. helicopter engines worth more than $13 million have been stolen while they were being trucked from Afghanistan to a port in Pakistan to be shipped home, the U.S. military said.

President Bush: farewell tour of Europe ends with frantic attempts to quell talk of division and distance

President Bush will bid Britain farewell today and then fly home after a frantic final tour of Europe where he secured vague assurances of support, but little tangible progress, for what remains of his foreign policy.