John Allen

Latest John Allen Items
  • **FILE** Afghan security forces raise Afghanistan's flag in place of NATO's flag on July 18, 2012, during the third phase of transfer of authority from NATO troops to Afghan security forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

    Another Afghan police attack kills 2 U.S. servicemen

    A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies on Friday, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.


  • **FILE** Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (left) meets Sept. 30, 2010, with then-CIA Director Leon Panetta in Islamabad, Pakistan. Anne Patterson, U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, is seen on right. (Associated Press/Press Information Department)

    Officials: U.S. mulls new covert raids in Pakistan

    U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told the Associated Press.


  • ** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, listens during a news conference at the Pentagon outside Washington on Monday, March 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Afghanistan, U.S. sign deal on night raids

    The Afghan government and the United States signed a deal Sunday governing night raids by American troops, resolving an issue that had threatened to derail a larger pact governing a U.S. presence in the country for decades to come.


  • Villagers join Afghan Local Police on Thursday, March 29, 2012, for a ceremony in Gizab at which new uniforms were presented. Commanders think the units are capable of holding villages after NATO troops clear out the enemy. (Associated Press)

    Afghan Local Police key to success against Taliban

    A small, little-noticed counterinsurgency force that was created in the ninth year of the Afghanistan War is proving to be the key for U.S. troops to leave the country in victory.


  • Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, listens March 26, 2012, during a news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

    Gen. Allen admits 'green-on-blue' attacks erode trust

    The top allied commander in Afghanistan said the recent killings of U.S. and coalition troops by Afghan soldiers have created an "erosion of trust" between international and Afghan forces.


  • Marine Gen. John Allen tells skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, that the war in Afghanistan is winding down. (Associated Press)

    Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan sees success despite troop slayings

    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday gave an upbeat assessment of the mission there, even as two British troops and another NATO service member were killed by Afghan security forces.


  • Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, tells the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2012, that efforts to hand over security to the Afghans and wind down the decade-plus war are on track despite recent anger over a U.S. soldier's alleged massacre of Afghan civilians and the burning of Korans. (Associated Press)

    Allen: Corruption, safe havens block Afghan success

    The top allied commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that the two biggest obstacles to success in Afghanistan are corruption in the Afghan government and militant safe havens in Pakistan.


  • Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, tells the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2012, that efforts to hand over security to the Afghans and wind down the decade-plus war are on track despite recent anger over a U.S. soldier's alleged massacre of Afghan civilians and the burning of Korans. (Associated Press)

    Allen eyes 68,000 troops after surge drawdown in Afghanistan

    The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Thursday he wants to maintain a troop level of 68,000 after surge forces withdraw in October — his most revealing statement to date about U.S. troop strength for next year.


  • Afghan policemen run toward an anti-U.S. demonstration in Mehterlam, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Protesters threw rocks at police, government buildings and a U.N. office in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, kicking off a fifth day of riots sparked by the burning of Korans at a U.S. base, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Gunman kills 2 U.S. advisers in Afghan ministry

    A gunman killed two American military advisers inside a heavily guarded government building in the heart of Kabul Saturday as protests over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a U.S. base raged across the country for a fifth day.


Happening Now