President Obama announced Monday that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end at the end of August. The troop drawdown comes as Iraq's government remains deadlocked on leadership issues and the civilian death toll reaches an all time high…
Several hundred refugees began returning home to Pakistan's Swat Valley on Monday, part of a government repatriation program to resettle an estimated 2 million people who were displaced from their homes last spring because of fighting.
U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraqi cities prompted a national holiday, but continued violence leaves the country's stability in question. National Security Adviser retired Gen. Jim Jones discusses the path ahead in Iraq.
President Obama has decided to bar the release of photos showing U.S. personnel mistreating detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan amid concerns the backlash could jeopardize troops abroad. New York Times White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny explains the move.
In other news, President Barack Obama announced a crackdown on tax loopholes designed to save jobs, and Iraq signaled it will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities.
Syndicated columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks examine President Obama's newly-announced plan to end the combat mission in Iraq and what the president's budget blueprint says about his administration's spending priorities.