President Obama's new defense strategy which slashes tens of thousands of troops from the Army and Marine Corps and cuts about half a trillion dollars from the Pentagon's budget over the next decade exposes the U.S. to "acceptable risk," according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said that was necessary in the face of new budget realities. Read More
The successful test-firing of two long-range missiles by Iran's navy Monday and claims of a breakthrough in the country's nuclear program have increased the probability that 2012 will see a dangerous showdown between the United States and its allies and a government in Tehran feeling squeezed by internal and external pressures, analysts said. Read More
By Sara A. Carter
The Obama Administration plans to withdraw National Guard troops from the Texas, New Mexico and California borders by the end February under a new Southwest security plan, even as turmoil in Mexican border cities grows, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. Read More
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: Tthe restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength. Read More
HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN -- Jason Armas, a U.S. Marine Corps captain, scrolled through the photographs of four bearded Afghan men believed to be responsible for the assassination of Marine 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming. Read More
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Matt Garst earned the nickname "The Unbreakable Marine" during the campaign to pacify the area around the town of Marja.
Garst, a corporal with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was leading a squad to establish a checkpoint in late June when he moved into an abandoned compound where his squad could set up an observation post.
That's when the world erupted in a shattering explosion. Read More
SHA JOY, Afghanistan -- As winter approaches, Bibiasha travels the same route as Taliban insurgents heading to Kandahar to fight coalition soldiers. She sees the insurgents passing through the villages late at night.
"Yes, I see them often," said the grandmother from her weather-worn, patched tent. She is a Kuchie tribeswoman, part of a nomadic group of people, similar to Gypsies, whose migratory patterns have been greatly disrupted by years of conflict. Read More
SHA JOY, Afghanistan
The bazaar resembled a ghost town. The usual hustle and bustle of people was gone, save for a few young boys riding colorfully hand-painted bicycles. It was election day in this Afghan town, and the residents were afraid. Read More
The deaths of 22 American troops in a four-day span in Afghanistan is a grim foretaste of the price in blood U.S. forces are likely to pay as Afghanistan holds parliamentary elections this month and offensive operations are stepped up against Taliban strongholds in the fall, experts and military officials said. Read More
In March, Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Sandoval — who had committed serious crimes in the United States since 1998 — stood before Florence, Ariz., Immigration Judge Bruce Taylor on a deportation hearing. That day the judge canceled his removal proceedings, allowing him to stay in the United States. Read More