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  • General says troop cuts constrains Afghan training mission

    February 4, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The senior American commander in Afghanistan says the ability to train and advise the still inexperienced Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500, as President Barack Obama has proposed. Army Gen. John F. Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee... more »
  • Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

    January 30, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, 15 years into a war that few Americans talk about any more. That's preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group... more »
  • Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

    October 15, 2015 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. Obama's decision casts aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensures he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to... more »
  • Soldiers coming home

    April 24, 2015 4:41 AM

    MONROE- A weekend welcome-home event is set in Monroe for members of the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion. More than 150 soldiers are returning to friends and family after deploying to Kuwait for construction and engineering projects in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of the soldiers went to... more »
  • Obama: US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    March 24, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep just under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 at the request of Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani. Obama says Afghanistan "remains a dangerous place" and it's important to maintain security cooperation between the two countries. Obama had... more »
  • 'Deluded' hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

    December 16, 2014 2:03 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - He wrote letters to the grieving families of troops killed in Afghanistan that compared them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of assisting a woman kill his ex-wife, whose body was found stabbed and set alight. But the social media postings of 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, the... more »
  • US cutting planned troop presence in Liberia

    November 12, 2014 12:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The commander of the U.S. military's Ebola response in Liberia says the mission will be limited to 3,000 troops - which is 1,000 fewer than originally planned. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Voleski told reporters Wednesday that the lower number is sufficient because there are a greater-than-expected number of... more »
  • Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

    October 29, 2014 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. already has more than 1,000 troops in West Africa helping with the fight against Ebola -- and the number could grow to nearly 4,000. And when they return from those missions, every one of those troops will go into supervised isolation for 21 days. That's the... more »
  • Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    October 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, says Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi spoke with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel by... more »
  • Obama: Airstrikes have destroyed arms, equipment

    August 9, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have succeeded in destroying arms and equipment that could have been used against the Kurdish capital of Irbil. He says humanitarian efforts continue to airdrop food and water to persecuted religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop, and he says planning... more »
  • Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    FORT BELVOIR, VA - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire... more »
  • Israel says it has sent ground troops to Gaza

    July 17, 2014 3:02 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza. The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas attacks, it has "initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip." The army says the objective is to strike... more »
  • Obama sending 200 more US troops to Iraq

    June 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect... more »
  • Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

    June 26, 2014 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former officials say CIA officers in Iraq have been hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011. They say that's a big reason the U.S. was caught flat-footed by the recent offensive by a Sunni-backed, al-Qaida-inspired group... more »
  • Obama: US will send up to 300 military to Iraq

    June 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting. The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team. Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • Fighting breaks out in insurgent-held Ukraine city

    May 5, 2014 5:56 AM

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops have engaged in gun battles with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city - an apparent escalation of a security sweep to bring the region back under government control. Gunfire and multiple explosions could be heard Monday in Slovyansk, a city of 125,000 people that... more »
  • Returning soldiers remember fallen comrade Play Video

    January 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    RESERVE - The return of a Louisiana National Guard unit Thursday from Afghanistan was bittersweet, as many remembered a fallen comrade who was killed in action last year. Hugs and cheers greeted the soldiers of the 1084th Transportation Company as they got off of buses today at the Guard... more »
  • La. troops return home from Kuwait Play Video

    December 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christmas has come early for a number of local military families. This morning members of the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company of the Louisiana National Guard touched down at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. They've been in Kuwait for ten months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting... more »
  • Baton Rouge marks 9/11 with volunteer work Play Video

    September 11, 2013 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, volunteers around the Baton Rouge area took time to remember those killed in the 9/11 attacks and show their appreciation to troops serving oversees. The Capital Area United Way along with BASF honored first responding agencies and troops in downtown Baton Rouge. Volunteers stuffed care... more »
  • Taliban bomb kills 4 Afghan troops; NATO accused of killing civilians

    September 8, 2013 1:12 PM

    KABUL - The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack outside an Afghan intelligence office today that killed four soldiers and wounded more than 80 people. It happened in eastern Wardak province, 25 miles from Kabul. A spokesman for the provincial governor says soldiers guarding the... more »
  • Malian troops open France's Bastille Day parade

    July 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    PARIS - Troops from 13 African countries that took part in the French-led war against al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali marched with the French military during the Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday to honor their role in the conflict. U.N. troops in blue berets who are helping to stabilize... more »
  • Medical unit returns from Afghanistan on 4th

    July 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    CARVILLE - More than 65 soldiers made it home to Louisiana from Afghanistan, just in time for the Fourth of July today. The Louisiana National Guard says the 756th Area Support Medical Company has been gone since September, starting with training at Fort Hood, Texas, then moving to Bagram and... more »
  • House Dem pushes for repeal of military force law

    June 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many American troops on the battlefield today were on playgrounds when Congress gave the president broad authority to wage the war on terror. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says that's one reason why it's time to repeal the law - at least by the end of 2014 when combat... more »
  • Insider attack kills 3 NATO troops in Afghanistan

    June 8, 2013 10:47 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The international military coalition in Afghanistan says a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on his international trainers in the country's east, killing three of them. A coalition statement released few other details about Saturday's insider attack, the latest in which infiltrators or disgruntled... more »
  • Obama, Karzai agree to speed military transition

    January 11, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Within a few months, U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be shifting to a support role, letting Afghanistan's own troops take the lead in providing for the security of their country. The accelerated timetable was announced today by President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after a meeting... more »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    January 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »

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