BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (PAN): General John Allen, who served as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan until early this month, has decided to retire from the military to address health issues within his family, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Central Command (CENCTCOM) chief on Thursday exuded confidence Afghan forces would be capable of taking the lead in nation’s security before the pullout of NATO-led troops.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is on track to achieve its goals in Afghanistan both in denying a safe haven to terrorists and successful security transition to local forces by 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a telephonic conversation with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, discussed Islamabad’s role in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): Announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 US troops from Afghanistan in the next 12 months and a halt to the war by the end of 2014, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the nature of American commitment to Afghanistan would change.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The annual State of the Union Address by US President Barack Obama, could turn out to be “momentous” for Afghanistan if he goes ahead with his plans to announce the pace of a drawdown of troops before 2014 and the post-2014 presence in the country.