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Jan 20, 2011

White House not ready to agree Afghan force buildup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is putting off endorsing a plan to train tens of thousands of new Afghan security forces because of concern about the costs and the quality of recruits.

Afghan and foreign officials in Kabul had been expected this week to endorse a plan to increase the Afghan security force from a target of about 305,000 for the fiscal year ending in October to up to 378,000 by October 2012.

Jan 6, 2011

U.S. leans on Pakistan as Zardari visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visits the United States next week as Washington seeks to put pressure on Islamabad to pursue militants without pushing an already strained relationship to breaking point.

Zardari will deliver a eulogy at a memorial service on Jan. 14 for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the veteran U.S. diplomat who was President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke died last month.

Jan 6, 2011

Analysis: U.S. leans on Pakistan as Zardari visits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visits the United States next week as Washington seeks to put pressure on Islamabad to pursue militants without pushing an already strained relationship to breaking point.

Zardari will deliver a eulogy at a memorial service on January 14 for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the veteran U.S. diplomat who was President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke died last month.

Jan 5, 2011

Analysis – New U.S. Congress to hone in on Afghan aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new U.S. Congress will examine cutting civilian assistance to Afghanistan as budget-minded lawmakers seek to curb costs without undercutting military operations at a key moment in a long, unpopular war.

But reducing funds for a broad U.S. reconstruction program, which has cost taxpayers $56 billion since 2002, could pose a new challenge to President Barack Obama as he rushes to demonstrate progress against the Taliban and other militants before he starts bringing home troops home in July.

Jan 5, 2011

New U.S. Congress to hone in on Afghan aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new U.S. Congress will examine cutting civilian assistance to Afghanistan as budget-minded lawmakers seek to curb costs without undercutting military operations at a key moment in a long, unpopular war.

But reducing funds for a broad U.S. reconstruction program, which has cost taxpayers $56 billion since 2002, could pose a new challenge to President Barack Obama as he rushes to demonstrate progress against the Taliban and other militants before he starts bringing home troops home in July.

Jan 5, 2011

Analysis: New Congress to hone in on Afghan aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new U.S. Congress will examine cutting civilian assistance to Afghanistan as budget-minded lawmakers seek to curb costs without undercutting military operations at a key moment in a long, unpopular war.

But reducing funds for a broad U.S. reconstruction program, which has cost taxpayers $56 billion since 2002, could pose a new challenge to President Barack Obama as he rushes to demonstrate progress against the Taliban and other militants before he starts bringing home troops home in July.

Dec 22, 2010

U.S. military to allow gays, but rules will take time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a landmark law to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military for the first time, but it could be many months before a move some top officers warn may endanger troops will finally take effect.

The Pentagon is drafting new rules following the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which Congress passed this month, to cheers from opponents of a long-standing policy that forced gay service members to hide their sexuality.

Dec 22, 2010

U.S. moving to end ban on gays in military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is drafting new rules that will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly for the first time, but it could be many months before a move that some top officers warn may endanger troops will finally take effect.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign a repeal of the military’s long-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which Congress approved this month, later on Wednesday.

Dec 20, 2010

In Afghan war, US finds fighting may be easy part

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While the White House review of the Afghan war last week reported a surge in U.S. troops has pushed Taliban militants out of some key areas, it also underscored that fighting may be the easy part in Afghanistan.

The review, despite a cautiously optimistic tone, recognized that much remains to be done to improve Afghan governance and persuade Pakistan to end militant safe-havens as U.S. President Barack Obama aims to start bringing troops home next year.

Dec 20, 2010

Analysis: In Afghan war, U.S. finds fighting may be easy part

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While the White House review of the Afghan war last week reported a surge in U.S. troops has pushed Taliban militants out of some key areas, it also underscored that fighting may be the easy part in Afghanistan.

The review, despite a cautiously optimistic tone, recognized that much remains to be done to improve Afghan governance and persuade Pakistan to end militant safe-havens as U.S. President Barack Obama aims to start bringing troops home next year.

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