The sex scandal that felled CIA Director David Petraeus widened to ensnare the top US commander in Afghanistan, an improbable drama unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war effort and just as President Barack Obama was hoping for a smooth transition in his national security team.
The sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has widened, with the top US commander in Afghanistan under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from General Petraeus’ former lover.
The US military did not intervene quickly during the attack on America's consulate in Libya because military leaders did not have adequate intelligence information and felt they should not put their forces at risk, defence secretary Leon Panetta said.
The 33,000 additional US troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan to stamp out the Taliban attacks nearly two years ago have now left the country, but a new wave of deadly insider attacks and a reassessment of how Nato troops partner with Afghans have raised questions about how well the military strategy is working.
Leaders of the US and Britain have outlined plans to shift the Nato war effort in Afghanistan towards a back-seat advisory role while Afghan forces increasingly take the lead, but stressed that the two nations remain committed to the mission there.
The bitter partisanship gripping Washington blocked a deal among members of a special congressional panel that struggled and eventually failed in its mission to cut more than a trillion dollars from America’s crippling and expanding debt.
US FORCES finally found al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan’s border, but in an expensive compound in an upscale summer resort a little more than an hour’s drive from Pakistan’s capital, with his youngest wife.