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Jan 8, 2014

U.S. fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington’s ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited.

U.S. officials say they are in discussions with the Iraqi government about training its elite forces in a third country, which would allow the United States to provide one modest measure of new assistance against militants in the absence of a troop deal that allows U.S. soldiers to operate within Iraq.

Jan 8, 2014

Analysis: U.S. fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington’s ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited.

U.S. officials say they are in discussions with the Iraqi government about training its elite forces in a third country, which would allow the United States to provide one modest measure of new assistance against militants in the absence of a troop deal that allows U.S. soldiers to operate within Iraq.

Dec 28, 2013

U.S. military personnel released after being held by Libya government

WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Four American
military personnel were detained by the Libyan government on
Friday and held in custody for several hours before being
released, U.S. officials said.

The Americans were near Sabratha, a town located some 70 km
(45 miles) west of Tripoli that is home to well-known Roman
ruins, “as part of security preparedness efforts when they were
taken into custody,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said
in a statement.

Dec 26, 2013

If U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, much civilian aid may go too

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For years, U.S. officials have pointed to the improvements in the everyday lives of Afghans made possible by billions of dollars in aid from the United States and elsewhere.

In Afghanistan, people now live 20 years longer on average than under Taliban rule, they say; 7 million more children attend school and women are 80 percent less likely to die in childbirth.

Dec 23, 2013

U.S. moves Marines to Africa as South Sudan violence rages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Monday deployed about 150 Marines to a base in the Horn of Africa to prepare for possible further evacuations of American citizens from the deepening conflict in South Sudan, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The deployment of a special crisis-response team of Marines, who are normally stationed at Moron Air Base in Spain, follows a thwarted evacuation attempt in South Sudan over the weekend in which four U.S. soldiers were wounded by gunfire.

Dec 23, 2013

Analysis: Even if foreign troops leave Afghanistan, U.S. has some options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials have warned of the potential for catastrophe if Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails to sign a security pact to permit foreign forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Unless a deal is reached to enable a modest U.S. force of perhaps 8,000 to stay in the country, the Taliban might stage a major comeback, al Qaeda might regain safe havens and Afghan forces might find themselves starved of funding, the officials say. The post-2014 U.S. force envisioned would train and assist Afghan soldiers and go after the most dangerous militants.

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. ‘nowhere near’ decision to pull all troops out of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is ‘nowhere near’ deciding to pull out all troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday, despite mounting frustration President Hamid Karzai has not signed a security deal allowing the military to remain there after next year.

“I have no doubt that the (bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan) ultimately will be concluded,” Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dec 5, 2013

U.S. eyes sea trials of gear that may destroy Syria chemical arms

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The United States will conduct
a sea test this month of equipment that could be used to
neutralize Syria’s most deadly chemical weapons at sea, U.S.
defense officials said on Thursday.

Two large chemical neutralization units, which employ a
process known as hydrolysis to render toxic chemicals safe
enough to be disposed of at commercial sites, are being
installed below deck on the Cape Ray, a U.S. Merchant Marine
ship.

Dec 4, 2013

Delaying security deal a risk to Afghan forces: U.S. military chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military could wait months for a political decision on whether troops stay or leave Afghanistan, but delaying a security pact would damage the confidence of Afghan forces and undermine NATO’s plans, the top U.S. military officer said on Wednesday.

The comments by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, came amid an impasse over the security pact, which would allow American troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014.

Jul 24, 2012

U.S. commander accused of stalling Afghan hospital abuse probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. general in Afghanistan sought to stall an investigation into waste and abuse at a U.S.-funded hospital in Kabul, possibly for political reasons, current and former U.S. military officials told Congress on Tuesday.

Retired Colonel Gerald Carozza, who served as an adviser to the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, accused Lieutenant General William Caldwell, then head of U.S. and NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces, and other senior officials of delaying a military investigation into allegations of corruption and patient abuse at the Dawood National Military Hospital.

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