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  • Ryan Crocker

    Embassy Row: 'A failing state'

    A former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan is worried that the nuclear-armed South Asian nation could collapse as a growing number of Islamic terrorists are targeting soldiers, civilians and government officials.

  • Embassy Row: Two down in south Asia

    Ryan Crocker, who came out of retirement less than a year ago to accept one of the most dangerous U.S. diplomatic assignments, plans to leave his post as ambassador in Afghanistan this summer.

  • Embassy Row: Pressure on Pakistan

    The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday accused a powerful terrorist group with suspected ties to Pakistan's spy agency of mounting a weekend assault on Afghan cities, and he demanded that Pakistan drive the militants out of safe havens.

  • Embassy Row: Locke demands Ni Yulan release

    The U.S. ambassador to China this week demanded that the Chinese government free a crippled human rights activist and her husband from prison and lift the house arrest of their daughter.

  • Afghans burn tires in Muhammad Agha in Logar province, which is south of Kabul, on Saturday during an anti-U.S. demonstration over burning of Korans at a U.S. military base. Despite a week of attacks and violent protests, there are no plans to accelerate withdrawal from the country. (Associated Press)

    White House vows to stay involved in Afghanistan

    Even as another day of anti-U.S. violence saw seven NATO troops hurt in Afghanistan, the Obama administration on Sunday vowed to remain heavily involved in the country and defended the president's handling of a crisis sparked by the inadvertent burning by American troops of Muslim holy books.

  • ** FILE ** Ryan Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, July 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

    U.S. says it's steadfast in rebuilding Afghanistan

    The top U.S. diplomat in Kabul and a campaign adviser to President Obama said Sunday the United States isn't rethinking its commitment to Afghanistan after violent protests left more than two dozen people dead, including two American shot inside a government ministry.

  • Afghan security forces are seen in a high-rise building during a gunbattle with al-Qaeda- and Taliban-affiliated Haqqani militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    U.S. envoy: Haqqani group behind Kabul attack

    The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack against the American Embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of Kabul.

  • ** FILE ** Ryan Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, July 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

    New U.S. envoy to Afghanistan: No rush for the exits

    The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday that the United States is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what happens in the months ahead will have far-reaching effects across the globe.

  • Ryan C. Crocker (left) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry greet each other Wednesday before a two-hour hearing on Mr. Crocker's nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

    Nominee: Afghans to need support after U.S. pullout

    President Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Afghanistan told the Senate on Wednesday that more work is needed to stabilize the war-torn country, despite the death of al Qaeda's top leader.

  • Ryan Crocker, President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Ambassador nominee says Afghanistan not hopeless

    President Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Wednesday the United States must continue its investment in the country to prevent it from backsliding into a safe haven for terrorists.

  • Inside Politics

    Several sources have told the Associated Press that President Obama will likely name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

  • Ryan Crocker, dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Hammer Taliban first, says ex-envoy

    The U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan first must escalate its counterinsurgency operations and only then begin reconciliation efforts with leaders of the militancy, veterans of the Iraq campaign told members of Congress on Tuesday.

  • Crocker says al-Qaeda closer to defeat

    The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shi'ite and Sunni militant groups. 8:57 p.m.

  • Crocker, Petraeus warn against cuts

    BAGHDAD — The top U.S. general and diplomat in Iraq warned yesterday against cutting short the American troop buildup and suggested they would urge Congress in September to give President Bush's strategy more time.

  • Pandering and triangulating

    While U.S. forces continue the difficult task of helping Iraqis stabilize their country, Democratic leaders continue to undermine the war effort at home. Last week, for example, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid staged an all-night Iraq defeatathon in an effort to press wavering Republicans into supporting an early withdrawal of troops. When he came up eight votes short, Mr. Reid yanked the bill from the floor, virtually ensuring a delay in funding for critical items such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and money for wounded veterans.

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  • "I don't think there is much appetite in the Pakistani military to get itself involved in the electoral process," he said.

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  • He expressed concern about reports that Pakistani Taliban are on the "ascendancy" in the country's largest city, Karachi, a seaport of 21 million residents.

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