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Latest Afghanistan Items
The U.S. airbase that has been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for over a decade is officially closed for business. Officials in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan expect all military personnel to be gone by the end of the week.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration has made it clear to members of Congress why they bypassed a rule requiring 30 days of notification for prisoner transfers such as the moving of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan.
The Pentagon is seeking permanent funding for a fleet of communications drone and modified business jets to aid U.S. troops operating in the mountains of Afghanistan in the coming years.
EXCLUSIVE: The Pentagon knew where Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operators shelved rescue missions because they didn't want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a "deserter."
The White House Monday defended President Obama's failure to notify Congress in advance of a prisoner swap with the Taliban, saying the administration had consulted lawmakers for years about the possibility of recovering a U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
The White House has released Taliban leaders just four months after condemning Afghan President Hamid Karzai's release of 65 Taliban fighters.
How is it possible that we're willing to pay the price of returning monsters like the "Taliban Five" to secure a military deserter, but we use no leverage for Pastor Saeed Abedini when we had it?
In the wake of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's being transferred to U.S. custody after nearly five years of being held captive in Afghanistan, questions are being raised about the circumstances under which he left the battlefield in 2009 — with some of his fellow soldiers labeling him a deserter.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has asked the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.