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Marine Commandant: U.S. Can 'Ill Afford to Simply Pull Out' of Afghanistan

Marine Commandant: U.S. Can ‘Ill Afford to Simply Pull Out’ of Afghanistan

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Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Drawing on the American experience of leaving Iraq without an agreement on future presence, the Commandant of the Marine Corps said, “I don’t want that to happen in Afghanistan.” Gen. James Amos, speaking on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, added, “We can ill afford to simply pull out and go home,” noting the tumult now convulsing parts of Iraq. Read More

Document: Pentagon Joint History Office Report on the Post Cold War Decade

Document: Pentagon Joint History Office Report on the Post Cold War Decade

Newly arrived Marines are led through an encampment near an airfield during Operation Desert Shield. Department of Defense Photo

Newly arrived Marines are led through an encampment near an airfield during Operation Desert Shield. Department of Defense Photo

The following is from the introduction of the recently released report, Other Than War: The American Military Experience and Operations in the Post-Cold War Decade by Frank Schubert for the Pentagon’s Joint History Office. Read More

Opinion: Supersize the Syrian Option

Opinion: Supersize the Syrian Option

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SS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile to support Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn. Odyssey Dawn near Libya in 2011. US Navy

SS Barry (DDG-52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile to support Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn. Odyssey Dawn near Libya in 2011. US Navy

When looking for insights and answers to the complex problem the United States confronts in Syria, there is no shortage of examples of punitive military operations against bad actors from which to draw lessons. In the past 30 years the United States and its allies have launched punitive airstrikes against, to name a few: Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sudan and Afghanistan. Clearly the “measured military response” is a favored approach for American leaders when dealing with rogue actors. What is interesting this time around is the unprecedented public debate about whether or not such tactical measures actually work. Read More

U.S. Spy Plane Down in Afghanistan, Kills Four Airmen

U.S. Spy Plane Down in Afghanistan, Kills Four Airmen

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A MC-12 Liberty surveillance aircraft in Iraq. US Air Force photo.

A MC-12 Liberty surveillance aircraft in Iraq. US Air Force photo.

Four U.S. airmen were killed Sunday in a plane crash in Afghanistan, according to a release from the Pentagon.

The four airmen went down in a MC-12W Liberty surveillance aircraft in the south of the country, according to a release from the Department of Defense. Read More

Statement from President: Gen. John Allen to Retire

Statement from President: Gen. John Allen to Retire

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General John Allen stands as Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta makes the announcement that Allen has been nominated to become the new Supreme Allied Commander in Belgium in October. DoD Photo

General John Allen stands as Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta makes the announcement that Allen has been nominated to become the new Supreme Allied Commander in Belgium in October. DoD Photo

Statement from the President on General John Allen

Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family. Read More

Reports: US Starts Pulling Gear Out of Afghanistan

Reports: US Starts Pulling Gear Out of Afghanistan

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A Pakistani policeman guards a road used by NATO trucks Monday. The U.S. will use the road to start pulling military equipment out of Afghanistan. Associated Press Photo

The massive material withdrawal from Afghanistan began Monday when almost 50 containers of weapons and equipment began leaving via Pakistani supply routes, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The departure began the day after U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford took charge of the NATO forces in the region from USMC General John Allen.

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