Robert’s Recent Stories
Politics Jul 26WATCH: Biden says U.S. combat mission in Iraq to conclude in 2021
President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, setting out a timeline for American forces to formally step back in their fight against ISIS in Iraq.
Politics Jul 06WATCH: Pentagon cancels disputed JEDI cloud contract with Microsoft
The Pentagon said it has canceled a cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. The statement did not directly mention that the Pentagon faced extended legal challenges by Amazon.
World Jul 02AP explainer: When is the U.S. war in Afghanistan really over?
As the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, the question arises: When is the war really over? For Afghans there is no end in sight.
Politics Jun 30Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies at 88
Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time defense secretary and one-time presidential candidate whose reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military was unraveled by the long and costly Iraq war, died Tuesday.
Politics Jun 25WATCH: Biden vows ‘sustained’ help as Afghanistan drawdown nears
The leaders' visit to Washington comes as the Biden administration has stepped up plans for withdrawal ahead of the president's Sept. 11 deadline to end a nearly 20-year old war that has come with a breathtaking enormous cost.
Politics Jun 23WATCH: Pentagon leaders defend efforts on racism, extremism
Top Pentagon leaders on Wednesday passionately defended the military's approach to addressing racism and extremism, pushing back against accusations by Republican lawmakers that the effort is creating division and hurting morale.
Politics Jun 17WATCH: Austin says Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years
An extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military's withdrawal from the country, the Pentagon's top leaders said Thursday.
Politics May 18WATCH: Fears of Taliban conquering Kabul are overblown, says special envoy Khalilzad
Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday.
Nation May 06U.S. sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan
U.S. officials said before the withdrawal began that they expected the Taliban to attempt to interfere, even as the insurgents continue pressuring government forces, especially in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in southern Afghanistan.
Politics Apr 11Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ U.S. commitment to Israel
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration’s efforts to revive nuclear negotiations with Israel’s archenemy,…