U.S. military

  • March 14, 2012  

    At a White House news conference Wednesday alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama said he didn’t foresee “sudden additional changes” to U.S. troop drawdown plans in Afghanistan despite recent incidents stoking anti-American tensions there. Ray Suarez reports on the leaders’ reaffirmed relationship. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2012  

    Nine Afghans were killed Monday after a suicide attacker set off a car bomb at the entrance of a NATO base and airport in Jalalabad. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • February 23, 2012  

    A wave of coordinated shootings and deadly explosions unfolded across Iraq Thursday, killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 225. The U.S. State Department condemned the violence as a “desperate attempt by terror groups” to invoke fear as Iraq tries to stabilize politically. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • February 23, 2012  

    A spree of shootings and deadly explosions across Iraq killed at least 55 people and wounded more than 225 Thursday. The Interior Ministry and a member of the Baghdad City Council blamed al-Qaida. Jeffrey Brown discusses the implications amid Iraq’s shifting political structure with Jane Arraf of Al Jazeera English. Continue reading

  • February 17, 2012  

    Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis recently criticized top military brass, including retired Gen. David Petraeus, saying they have misled Congress and the American people about progress in the war in Afghanistan. Margaret Warner speaks with Davis about his whistleblowing, why he went public and what his future may hold in the military. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2012  

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried Thursday to downplay Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remarks suggesting an early U.S. transition out of combat in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff discusses a potential end to combat operations in 2013 with retired Army Gen. Jack Keane and Celeste Ward Gventer of the University of Texas. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2012  

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday tried to clarify a remark by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suggesting an early U.S. transition out of its combat mission in Afghanistan. Carney said the statement shouldn’t be considered as an announcement about a decision. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • January 26, 2012  

    Working to cut nearly $490 billion over the next decade, the Pentagon announced Thursday plans to create a leaner military by reducing ground forces, buying fewer weapons and postponing production of other defense systems. Jeffrey Brown discusses the new budget plans with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    Members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 staged a dramatic rescue early Wednesday, freeing two aid workers, including one American, held hostage by Somali captors. Jeffrey Brown reports on emerging accounts of another operation unfolded in secret — SEALs parachuting into Somalia, surprising sleeping captors and killing nine kidnappers. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    Members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 freed two kidnapped aid workers, including one American, early Wednesday — whisking them away from their captors in Somalia. Jeffrey Brown discusses the kidnappers’ motives and how the operation unfolded with NPR’s Tom Bowman and the Atlantic Council’s Peter Pham. Continue reading