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Gillibrand, Vets Seek Faster Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Monday, March 26, 2012

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called for the Obama administration to accelerate the pace of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Policy analysts who study Afghanistan took issue with Gillibrand’s recommendations.

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Taliban Leaders to Open Qatar Office

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

On Tuesday, after months of denying it was interested in participating in formal talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban indicated it would consider opening a political office in Qatar. A political office would give mediators from the U.S. a legitimate contact for Taliban members. No details have been given about when these negotiations would begin, or what would be bargained for. This step also implies that there will continue to be some kind of Taliban presence inside Afghanistan.

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Former Envoy Paul Bremer on the Future of Iraq

Friday, December 30, 2011

After nearly nine years, a trillion dollars, and thousands of lives lost, the Iraq war came to a quiet end earlier this month. Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Iraq has been besieged by internal conflict and fears of civil war. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite, exacerbated sectarian tensions by issuing an arrest warrant for the country's Sunni vice president. A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad last week only made the situation worse. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, former U.S. envoy to Iraq L. Paul Bremer critized President Obama for pulling troops out of Iraq. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Is There an Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libya was the test case for the un-Iraq. This was an effort to make the commitment at the beginning that there would be no American ground troops.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

What do Iraq and Wall St. Mean for 2012?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Republicans just sort of rolled [the Iraq withdrawal] into the way they've been talking about Obama: That he's been campaigning rather than governing, suggesting that this was political as opposed to on the advice of military leaders.

—It's A Free Country political peporter Anna Sale on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

A Soldier and A Soldier's Mother on Leaving Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

President Obama's announcement that U.S. troops in Iraq will be home by the holidays hit home for thousands of soldiers and families across the country. After 8 years and 4,400 American deaths, the U.S. will completely pull out of Iraq by the end of the year, with the exception of a force remaining to guard some U.S. facilities in the country. The conflict in Iraq changed the definition of what it means to be a soldier in the U.S. military, and what it means to be a reservist. More reservists were used in combat and support roles in Iraq than ever before in history.

U.S. Troops to Leave by Year's End:  One Soldiers' Mother Reacts

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A Military Reaction to Leaving Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

On Friday, President Obama announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year. The U.S. had a long-standing agreement to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, but officials from both countries had discussed the possibility of maintaining a residual force of tens of thousands of troops to train Iraqis and fulfill other duties. Those plans fell through when Iraq refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Iraq Troop Withdrawal Can't be Claimed as Obama Win

Monday, October 24, 2011

To be an Obama supporter, you have to cheer him when he finally says that troops will be out of Iraq completely by December 2011 and pretend the president has kept his promises.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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WNYC News

Obama: Troops to Be Withdrawn from Iraq by End of Year

Friday, October 21, 2011

President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elite Forces in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Matthew Irvine, research assistant at the Center for a New American Security and author of the report "Beyond Afghanistan: A Regional Security Strategy for South and Central Asia," discusses the role of special forces in the Afghanistan war and the broader strategic changes involved in troop withdrawal.

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It's A Free Country ®

Unpacking the Un-Surge in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Military forces are voracious consumers of all kinds of expendables and most of these supplies have to come through Pakistan. The larger the US force, the more leverage Pakistan has.

Robert Haddick, managing editor of Small Wars Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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