US special envoy says coalition "seriously degrading" Islamic State

 Retired General John Allen, President Barack Obama`s special envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State, said on Thursday the U.S.-led effort is weakening the militant group.

US will `protect` Syrian rebels when time comes: Envoy

 The United States will be ready to "protect" moderate Syrian rebels possibly with air power once they enter into combat, a top US official said Monday.

Turkey says US not meeting its conditions for bigger Syria role

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed frustration that the US and its allies were not responding to conditions set for his country to play a greater role in the coalition against militants in Syria.

Take battle against Islamic State to internet, US general urges coalition
Take battle against Islamic State to internet, US general urges coalition

Washington  called Monday for the battle against the Islamic State group to be taken to the Internet, as coalition partners vowed to step up efforts to counter the jihadists` online propaganda.

Special US envoy Allen travelling overseas for anti-ISIL coalition

Special US Presidential Envoy John Allen tasked to build an international coalition against ISIL has left for a seven-nation trip to accelerate the process of global effort to defeat the terrorist outfit that has gained control over large parts of Syria and Iraq.

US general says Syria rebel training could `take years`

 Retired US general John Allen, who is leading the international effort against Islamic State extremists, said Wednesday that the training of Syrian rebels would be a slow process. 

US General Allen to lead operations against Islamic State

Retired US Marine general John Allen, former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, was appointed coordinator of the international effort against the Islamic State extremist group, the State Department announced Friday.

Corruption is Afghans` `existential threat`: US ex-general

Corruption, not the Taliban, is the existential threat to Afghanistan which the next president must tackle with urgency, the former commander of NATO troops in the country said today.

Obama names Breedlove as new NATO commander

President Barack Obama is set to nominate on Friday Air Force General Philip Breedlove as new NATO commander, after the earlier nominee John Allen decided to retire.

Breedlove likely pick to lead NATO: Source

Gen Philip M Breedlove, the top US Air Force commander in Europe, is the likely choice to become commander of all US and NATO forces in Europe, a senior NATO official said Thursday.

John Allen to be nominated as Nato commander

The White House said that it will go ahead with nominating John Allen as the Nato commander in Europe.

No decision on troop levels in Afghanistan: Pentagon

The Pentagon said it was premature to speculate on the US troop numbers in Afghanistan following the scheduled drawdown of 2014.

A single spiteful email unlocks a Pandora`s Box

It started in May with a spiteful email to the top US commander in Afghanistan.

Gen. Allen’s mail conversations in Petraeus sex scandal were like ‘phone sex’

US commander Gen. John Allen engaged in much more than "flirtatious" behavior with a woman at the heart of the David Petraeus sex scandal.

`US expects more attacks in Afghanistan`

The United States expects more high profile attacks in Afghanistan from the Taliban, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, noting that this challenge in this war-torn country can`t be ignored.

Pak visit of US commander in Afghanistan postponed

Ahead of the proposed visit, Gen John Allen had said that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar was hiding in Pakistan.

`ISAF to assess Afghan security every six months`

In the last 12 months, a top American commander said the Afghan security forces have expanded from 276,000 to 340,000.

Ties with Pak not deteriorating: US commander

A top US commander said Pakistan and the region are extraordinarily important to America`s policy outcomes in the region.

`US doesn’t want agreement on NATO routes fast`

A top US commander in Afghanistan said he is confident a deal would eventually be struck.

Pak set to reopen NATO routes; Zardari to attend summit

Pak Prez Asif Ali Zardari will attend NATO`s upcoming Chicago summit as Islamabad looks all set to open the six-month blockade of the military alliance`s supply routes to Afghan.