WASHINGTON — If President Barack Obama were to decide to leave no military advisory force in Afghanistan next year, would Afghan security unravel to the point of enabling a civil war, a Taliban takeover and a return of al-Qaida in such numbers as to pose a 9/11-type threat?
KABUL, Afghanistan — Hamid Karzai was in the midst of negotiating a security agreement with the United States when he met a 4-year-old girl who lost half her face in an American airstrike.
On Thursday, Afghanistan freed 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison over vehement objections from the United States.
FORT IRWIN, CALIF. — During the pre-dawn hours in the Mojave Desert, soldiers began loading their bags, checking their equipment and inspecting their vehicles in preparation for a two-week desert exercise.
Kindergartner I’Dreena Olden searched through stacks of books in the Gatesville Primary School library. When she finally found one she liked — “Friday the Scardy Cat” by Kara McMahon — she walked back to a table where Maj. Holli Goddard sat and the two began reading.
For decades, the Catholic Church has struggled with a shortage of priests. But the problem is particularly acute in the U.S. military, where the overall shortfall has led to a shortage of Catholic chaplains within the Defense Department.
The Army’s chief of staff announced a new job for a Fort Hood general officer last week.