Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties

 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people Wednesday for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism`s persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers.

US to slow Afghan withdrawal, keep current 9,800 troops to year end
US to slow Afghan withdrawal, keep current 9,800 troops to year end

The United States will slow its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and keep its current 9,800-strong force there until the end of the year, but still end the mission as planned in 2016, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

`Productive` Afghan talks show deep US friendship: Kerry

 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hailed a day of "productive" talks with new Afghan leaders, as Washington vowed an "unwavering" commitment to strong ties with Afghanistan.

Obama must decide on US troop levels in Afghanistan: Ghani

 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday that any decision on how many US troops should remain in Afghanistan next year was up to his US counterpart Barack Obama.

Afghan president gives heartfelt thanks to US troops

 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered deep thanks Monday to US troops for more than a decade of sacrifice, at the start of a visit aimed at turning the page on past strained US ties.

At Pentagon, Afghan president thanks US troops

In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Afghanistan's president thanked US troops and taxpayers for their sacrifices in nearly 14 years of war.

US troops out as Yemen vows to counter Iran influence

Yemen`s embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi pledged Saturday to fight Iranian influence in his violence-wracked country after US troops at a key Yemeni airbase were pulled out.

LeT to shift operational focus on India post Afghan drawdown

Pakistan-based terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, will shift their operational focus on India after the scheduled complete drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, a top Pentagon commander has warned.

US to withdraw troops from Ebola mission in West Africa

The US military plans to pull out most troops from West Africa that had been deployed to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Pentagon said Tuesday, ending a five-month mission.

Carter says he may reconsider Afghan troop withdrawal plan

President Barack Obama's nominee for defence secretary on Wednesday said he would consider changing the current plans for withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year if security conditions worsen in the war-torn country.

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday.

'Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians'

 At least eight civilians including women and children were killed when their van struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on day, officials said.

Hundreds of US troops to train Syrian rebels: Pentagon

 The US military will send nearly 1,000 troops to train Syrian rebel forces as part of a long-planned effort to build up a moderate opposition to take on the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Friday.

US stands by plan to pull troops from Afghanistan

The United States on Monday stood by plans to halve the number of its troops in Afghanistan this year and reduce them further in 2016 following Afghan President Ashraf Ghani`s suggestion that President Barack Obama review his deadline. 

Obama praises troops as US marks end of war in Afghanistan
Obama praises troops as US marks end of war in Afghanistan

The longest war in American history has come to a "responsible conclusion" with the withdrawal US and NATO combat forces from Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama has said but warned that the country remains "a dangerous place".

Obama's Christmas in Hawaii: Carols, calls to US troops

President Barack Obama celebrated Christmas by singing carols and opening gifts with his family at their vacation home in Hawaii.

US military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan: Hagel

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday told US troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

Kim Kardashian visits US troops, kisses soldier on the cheek
Kim Kardashian visits US troops, kisses soldier on the cheek

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian recently visited the US Navy troops in Abu Dhabi.

US may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

The US military likely will keep a slightly larger force in Afghanistan in 2015 than first planned and American troops will have authority to aid Afghan forces in combat if necessary, defense officials said Tuesday.

US troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

 US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", a senior US commander for Europe said on Sunday.