Washington (CNN) – Deep disagreements surfaced on Capitol Hill Tuesday over whether the United States has moved too quickly to withdraw troops from Iraq.
The Obama administration will withdraw all U.S. military personnel by the end of the year, after negotiations with Iraq broke down last month over leaving behind a small force for training and security. Some 30,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq now, and only a small number of U.S. military will remain behind, attached to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday continued his attacks on President Barack Obama for announcing the withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, decrying it as a "sudden change of policy."
The presidential candidate said the Obama administration had indicated earlier they were working to have a status of forces agreement with Iraq that would keep a larger sum of troops in Iraq "for some extended period of time" or until the United States could hand off operations to the Iraqi military.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said the year’s end military withdraw from Iraq will allow the United States to better focus its resources on improving the economy.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama may be fighting an uphill battle in trying to turn the nation's ailing economy around, but when it comes to national security his accomplishments are stacking up.
From killing Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to the NATO-led effort that ended in the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, critics who have argued over the administration's foreign policy strategy are offering up muted praise.
(CNN) – Some of the Republican presidential candidates were sharply critical Friday of President Barack Obama for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year. Read their statements below.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:
(CNN) – "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," President Barack Obama said Friday in announcing the full withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of the year.
The new partnership with Iraq will be "strong and enduring," after U.S. troops leave the country, Obama said.
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(CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a statement at 12:45 p.m. ET on Friday about the U.S. involvement in Iraq after a videoconference that he held with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a White House official said.
The scheduled departure of virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year will allow the United States to "say definitively that the Iraq war is over," a White House official said Friday.
(CNN) – I was on the air ten years ago when President Bush launched the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. If someone would have said to me then that 100,000 U.S. troops would still be fighting there a decade later, I would have thought that person was crazy. Who could have imagined that the war in Afghanistan would be America’s longest war – longer than World War II and the Civil War combined?
And remember: it’s by no means over. As of now, U.S. troops are supposed to remain in Afghanistan for at least another three years, until the end of 2014.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The government watchdogs who've raised the alarm about billions of dollars of war-zone waste and fraud are falling silent or are missing in action.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting was created by Congress in 2008 as a kind of all-star team of government and accounting experts. It held 25 hearings, its members traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq and they made eight reports to Congress. As of September 30, it was out of the watchdog business with the expiration of its charter.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – With heightened terror alerts raised on the 10th anniversary weekend of 9/11, President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called on America to remember its unity in the days after the attacks.
“They wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear,” said Obama in his weekly address Saturday. “Yes we face a determined foe, and make no mistake-they will keep trying to hit us again. But as we are showing again this weekend, we remain vigilant. We’re doing everything in our power to protect our people. And no matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on.”