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  • 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.

  • U.S. envoy rips Iran over aid to militias

    BAGHDAD — The American ambassador scolded his Iranian counterpart in a second round of groundbreaking talks yesterday for Iran's reported arming and training of Shi'ite militias. But he agreed to set up a committee with Iran and Iraq to work on stabilizing the country.

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