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  • ** FILE ** In this June 9, 2011, file photo, Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Panetta: U.S. within reach of defeating al Qaeda

    The U.S. and its allies are within reach of defeating al Qaeda after killing Osama bin Laden and gaining new insights about the terrorist group's other leading figures, new U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.

  • In this Dec. 2, 2009, file photo, U.S. soldiers patrol through the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan. A majority of Americans see no end in sight in Afghanistan, and nearly six in 10 oppose the nine-year-old war as President Obama sends tens of thousands more troops to the fight, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

    Afghan pullout seen as too much, too soon

    Former battlefield commanders are warning that President Obama's accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in time for the 2012 presidential election risks reversing major gains made against the Taliban.

  • Gen. David H. Petraeus prepares to administer the oath of re-enlistment to 235 U.S. service members during a ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday. (Associated Press)

    Petraeus: Afghan fight shifting to east

    The outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Monday that the focus of the war will shift from Taliban strongholds in the south to the porous eastern border with Pakistan where al Qaeda factions and others hold sway.

  • In this photo provided by the International Security Assistance Force Regional Command (South), U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with service members at Forward Operating Base Walton on Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo/US. Navy, Lt. j.g. Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Gates: Support troops should go home first

    A soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should leave combat power intact as long as possible to press an anti-Taliban offensive, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday. He said support troops should go first.

  • An Afghan border policeman fires on Taliban fighters hidden in the Traffic Department building, where smoke rises from the rooftop, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The Taliban unleashed a major assault Saturday on government buildings throughout Kandahar, Afghanistan's main southern city, an attack that cast doubt on how successful the U.S.-led coalition has been in its nearly yearlong military campaign to establish security and stability in the former Taliban stronghold. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    NATO says Taliban insurgency weakened

    NATO said Monday that it has significantly weakened the Taliban insurgency, capturing or killing thousands of militants in Afghanistan during the past three months.

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    Petraeus: Bin Laden's death may weaken Taliban's ties to al Qaeda

    The killing of Osama bin Laden may weaken al Qaeda's influence on the Afghan Taliban, the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said Sunday.

President Obama finishes introducing a reshuffled national security team on Thursday. From left are: U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan-designate Ryan C. Crocker; top commander-designate for U.S. forces in Afghanistan Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen; CIA Director-nominee Gen. David H. Petraeus; Defense Secretary-nominee Leon E. Panetta; outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; the president; Vice President Joseph R. Biden; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon.

    Panetta, Petraeus shuffled at the top

    President Obama has once again turned to an architect of President Bush's war strategy to fill a major civilian post in his administration - this time elevating Gen. David H. Petraeus, who oversaw the Iraq surge, to be CIA chief, and tapping current agency head Leon E. Panetta to become the next defense secretary.

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    PRUDEN: When nuthood was in flower

    Who could blame Pastor Terry Jones for thinking he's the most famous man in the world? In his 15 minutes of fame, he's right up there this week with Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy, Prince William, Osama bin Laden and Charlie Sheen.

  • U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

    Petraeus: Enough progess made for Afghanistan withdrawal

    The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told Congress Tuesday that his forces had made enough progress to justify starting a three-year withdrawal in July. But testimony from other officials made it clear that, even after 2014, U.S. troops will be in the country on an "enduring" basis.

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