Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stepped down Monday, the first Cabinet-level resignation after bruising midterm elections and amid mounting criticism of President Barack Obama’s security and foreign policies.
The Obama administration will likely be looking at a few top candidates when considering a replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, including some former top Pentagon officials and lawmakers with expertise in military affairs.
The government of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has quietly lifted the ban on night raids by special forces troops that his predecessor had imposed, The New York Times reported Sunday.
The nominee to lead the Navy’s fleet in Europe and Africa continues to await Senate confirmation, resulting in a backup in command changes at several top military billets.
Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barakzai says the suicide bomber who plowed into her motorcade a week ago wanted to silence a voice on women's rights with a deafening blast. Human rights groups fear that the cause to which she is committed is also in peril.