Troop Withdrawal News
Putin Orders Russian Troops to Begin Withdrawing from Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country's military to begin its withdrawal from Syria, saying the intervention has “largely achieved its objectives”. In a statement the Kremlin says Putin called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to inform him of the Russian decision and that Putin
6 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack
Six American service members -- including an NYPD detective -- were killed in a suicide bomb attack today on a joint U.S. and Afghan patrol outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Two other American service members and a U.S. contractor were also injured in the blast. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Ramadi Fell to ISIS Fighters Even Though They Were 'Vastly Outnumbered' by Iraqi Troops
The city of Ramadi is controlled by “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who were able to seize the city after Iraqi military commanders ordered the withdrawal of several thousand Iraqi troops from the city. That’s according to a U.S. official who also confirmed that the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from
Misunderstanding May Have Led Iraqi Troops to Leave Ramadi
The Iraqi troop pull-out of Ramadi last weekend that allowed the city to fall into ISIS hands may have been the result of a misunderstanding by the senior Iraqi commander in the city, U.S. officials said today. U.S. officials now believe the senior Iraqi military commander ordered his troops to
Jeb Bush: What's In A Name?
By MICHAEL FALCONE NOTABLES MITT ROMNEY ON THE EMERGING 2016 FIELD: The former Republican nominee assessed the fresh crop of potential 2016 Republican nominees yesterday, starting with newly-minted presidential candidate Ted Cruz: “He is a person of very sound capability and I think you’re going...
President Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
President Obama today announced a slowdown in the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan , keeping 9,800 in place through 2015. While Obama is sticking to his goal to end the war by the end of 2016, he said the U.S. will now leave more troops in place over the next several months than was
Ted Cruz's Media Moment
By MICHAEL FALCONE NOTABLES TED CRUZ BETS JEB BUSH WILL ‘SHATTER EVERY FUNDRAISING RECORD’: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may believe that Jeb Bush, one of his likely opponents for the Republican presidential nomination, will “shatter every fundraising record,” but in an interview with ABC’s JONATHAN...
Obama, Cheney and the War in Iraq
When President Obama says, as he did today, “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” he’s reflecting not only his own policy preferences but also a steady theme in U.S. public opinion. And as former Vice President Dick Cheney and...
Everything You Need To Know About The Hillary Interview
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ‘WE JUST HAD TO KEEP WORKING REALLY HARD’: In an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” today with ABC’s ROBIN ROBERTS, Hillary Clinton said the debt she and former President Bill Clinton faced after leaving the White House meant the...
U.S. Military in Afghanistan By the Numbers: 2,184 Dead, 19,600 Wounded
President Obama’s plan to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of the combat mission this year will begin the full withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, bringing an end to America’s longest war. Over the...