Robert Gates

Robert Gates: Barack Obama had no faith in US war strategy

Bob Woodward In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Barack Obama's leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war.

How Vladimir Putin has vexed US presidents for 15 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin has challenged US presidents for nearly two decades.

Peter Baker For years, Putin has defied the assumptions of US presidents and rebuffed their efforts at friendship.

John McCain calls for heads to roll at NSA

US Senator John McCain

Alan Crawford US senator John McCain called on National Security Agency director Keith Alexander to quit over the damage done by revelations that his agency may have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile...

Xi Jinping has tightened grip on military, says ex-US defence chief

Tony Capaccio Chinese President Xi Jinping has greater control of the military than his predecessor did, and that increases the need for a strong White House relationship with him, former U.S.

Israeli defence chief Moshe Yaalon's comments on John Kerry draw US rebuke

Determined: US Secretary of State John Kerry has been on a diplomatic blitz in recent weeks.

Jeffrey Heller Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation on Tuesday over reports he had denounced US Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

Britain denies its military is weak

Blunt response: British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Andrew Osborn British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that former US defence secretary Robert Gates was wrong to say that spending cuts meant Britain's armed forces were no longer able be a full...

US Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the United State's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection.

Taking out bin Laden: US options revealed

** CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS TITLE TO AL-QAIDA LEADER, NOT EXILED SAUDI DISSIDENT ** FILE ** Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is seen in this April 1998 file photo in Afghanistan. Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

Karen DeYoung Six weeks before the raid by US Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden last May, President Barack Obama's top national security officials debated various other options, including dropping an...

US turns the screws on NATO, lauds its ally Australia

NATO summit,Chicago

Nick O'Malley Officially, NATO meetings in Chicago this weekend will focus on the alliance's withdrawal from Afghanistan, improved military co-operation between the allies and missile defence.

Obama under fire over security breach

Kathryn Bigelow

Jon Swaine, Washington US president Barack Obama has been accused of risking national security for political gain by giving Hollywood filmmakers access to secret material on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

'Persecuted' Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador after taking refuge in embassy

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in the South American nation's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum.

US students dig up Beijing's secret nuclear stockpile

Chinese military parade.

The Chinese have called it their ''underground Great Wall'' - a vast network of tunnels designed to hide their missile and nuclear arsenal.

Fatigue threat to Libya mission

libya rescue

Laurent Thomet, Brussels AFTER three months of air strikes in Libya, the NATO alliance is showing signs of fatigue and discord, with no end in sight to the conflict.

US-Afghan tensions jeopardise handover


Katherine Haddon, Kabul As the US starts exiting the Afghan war, analysts warn that dysfunction in Kabul and its naked hostility towards the White House jeopardise the US goal of handing over security in 2014.

Britain in peace talks with the Taliban

william hague

Kabul Britain is involved in talks with the Taliban, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday, days after the US revealed it was in negotiations to end the Afghan war.

Obama to call 33,000 out of Afghanistan early

Barack Obama

Simon Mann, Washington The US will pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the next northern summer, sooner than previously anticipated.

Obama pulls 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan


Simon Mann US President Barack Obama has announced he will bring home 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the northern summer of 2012. He said the first 10,000 troops would return home by the end of this year.

Pressure on Obama for big Afghan withdrawal


Simon Mann Barack Obama's timetable for bringing troops home from Afghanistan can be expected to cheer war-weary Americans who now support a drawdown in record numbers.

Record numbers want US out of Afghan war

Barack Obama

Simon Mann Barack Obama's timetable for bringing US troops home from Afghanistan can be expected to cheer war-weary Americans who now support in record numbers a drawdown of forces.

Obama set to outline his Afghan exit timing


Simon Mann WASHINGTON: The United States's phased withdrawal from its decade-long war in Afghanistan is expected to include the exit of the 33,000 troops deployed in last year's "surge" by the end of next year.