Gates announces Afghanistan troop increase only months before drawdown. And, China and U.S. Have ‘Useful’ Talks on North Korea.
The US will send an additional 1,400 Marines to Afghanistan in anticipation of intensified fighting in the spring as winter snow melts and fighters return form havens in Pakistan. The unexpected announcement came as the British defense secretary said that anticipated British troop pullouts this year were not a guarantee.
BEIJING — On the heels of a North Korean plea for negotiations to end the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the Obama administration’s top envoys on North Korean issues met on Thursday with their Chinese counterparts for what American officials later called “useful” discussions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ramped up its secret war on terror groups with a new military targeting center to oversee the growing use of special operations strikes against suspected militants in hot spots around the world, according to current and former U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON — Days before Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits Beijing, reports have surfaced that the Chinese military has quietly progressed with two major weapons systems: ballistic missiles that could strike moving aircraft carriers and a prototype stealth fighter.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon inspector general says the Army cut corners when testing body armor used by U.S. troops.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Surrendering Afghan Taliban fighters are being welcomed into newly created local police units in their home areas, coalition commanders in the north revealed Tuesday.
Afghan efforts to eradicate opium-yielding poppy crops that fuel the Taliban-led insurgency have stalled as a result of a lack of incentives and adequate security for farmers who may be inclined to cut ties with the Taliban, according to Afghan and Western officials.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called Wednesday for “unconditional and early” talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it’s waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Army has relieved the commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, shortly before the unit intensifies its training for an Afghanistan deployment this summer.
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