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Afghan troop withdrawal to start slowly: U.S. officers

WASHINGTON — A planned US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will start slowly this summer with about 800 soldiers in two Army units due to depart this month, US officers said Wednesday. The military offered the first details of the troop drawdown after President Barack Obama announced in June plans to…

McCain: Afghan drawdown plan ‘unnecessary risk’

KABUL — Top US lawmakers on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama’s military drawdown plans for Afghanistan as “risky”, unsupported by his military commanders and a threat to progress made in the last year. Withdrawal at the rate Obama has planned on — including the removal of 33,000 surge troops by…

US envoy bound for Afghanistan ahead of drawdown

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan was headed for Kabul for regional talks in the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown from the country. Ambassador Marc Grossman, who left for Kabul on Friday, will highlight US commitment to a “long-term, enduring partnership” with Afghanistan,…

Commanders say Obama overruled them on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s military commanders have said he ignored their advice for a more modest drawdown from Afghanistan and warned his decision carries risks for the war effort. Both General David Petraeus and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Obama’s…

Petraeus won’t resign over Afghan troop withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON — The US commander in the Afghan war said Thursday he disgreed with President Barack Obama’s decision for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan but ruled out resigning in protest. General David Petraeus, the outgoing commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, said he favored a more modest timeline for…

U.S. ready to release more oil from reserves

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it would release more oil from its reserves if necessary, after leading a global drawdown of 60 million barrels due to supply disruptions in the Middle East. “The US stands ready to do more as is necessary to address this issue,” a senior…

Obama to reveal size of Afghan troop drawdown Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll. Two administration officials said Obama would reveal the fruit of his deliberations on…

Obama ‘finalizing’ Afghan troop decision

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama was finalizing his decision on the size of planned troop cuts in Afghanistan as expectations mounted Monday of a possible announcement within days. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama still had not definitively made up his mind on the size of a…

U.S. in ‘outreach’ to Taliban: Gates

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Sunday that US officials were involved in preliminary talks with the Taliban to seek a political solution to the Afghan war but said he didn’t expect significant progress for months. Gates also said recent gains on the ground in Afghanistan meant President…

Obama and Petraeus discuss Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has met with Afghanistan war commander General David Petraeus to discuss a troop withdrawal set to begin next month, the White House said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said the two met in Washington on Wednesday to “discuss Afghanistan (and) to review the broad…

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