US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

In Egypt’s Sinai, rising militancy threatens peacekeeping force

Published August 27, 2013 by The Washington Post
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A dramatic rise in militancy and violence in the vast Sinai desert is increasingly threatening a peacekeeping force there that includes nearly 700 U.S. troops acting as guarantors of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, according to Western military officials.

U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan ahead of drawdown decision

Published December 12, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met top commanders in Kabul on Wednesday to finalize options for President Barack Obama on how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014 and the war is declared over.

Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

Published December 11, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — As President Obama considers how quickly to withdraw the remaining 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan and turn over the war to Afghan security forces, a bleak new Pentagon report has found that only one of the Afghan National Army’s 23 brigades is able to operate independently without air or other military support from the United States and NATO partners.

US Senate votes for faster Afghan withdrawal

Published November 30, 2012 by Al Jazeera
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The United States Senate has voted overwhelmingly for an accelerated withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting, reflecting the wishes of a war-weary nation.

U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

Afghanistan: Why don't we leave now?

Published September 20, 2012 by Christian Science Monitor
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Why can’t we just leave Afghanistan now? It’s the unspoken question that top Pentagon officials are endeavoring to answer in their assurances that America must stay its course in the war-torn country.

US in Afghanistan: opinion divided over suspension of joint operations

Published September 20, 2012 by The Guardian
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The US military caught London and other Nato allies by surprise when it rushed into halting on-the-ground operations with Afghan security forces, after four Americans and two British soldiers were killed by local policemen at the weekend.

Trip To Afghanistan Gives Uncertain Outlook

NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.

U.S. Redefines Afghan Success Before Conference

Published May 18, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the NATO nations will meet in Chicago on Sunday to set in motion the massive machinery necessary to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

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