The Afghan military is shrinking as the Pentagon withdraws its troops

The amount of troops in the Afghan army shrunk from 184,839 to 169,203 between fall 2013 and fall 2014, the smallest number since August 2011.

    Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia

    Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia

    Liban Mohamed was taken into custody shortly after the FBI announced a reward for information.

    GULP: In video, Afghan shoots soda cans off fellow soldier’s shoulders

    GULP: In video, Afghan shoots soda cans off fellow soldier’s shoulders

    The Afghan marksman appears to have an American-made M4 carbine, a short-barreled rifle, that is equipped with a modern rifle optic.

    Air Force begins moving A-10 jets into backup status despite opposition

    Air Force begins moving A-10 jets into backup status despite opposition

    The move amounts to a ‘back-door’ retiring of some of the planes, eight U.S. senators said.

    Pentagon’s $55 billion mystery plane is secret, but debate on cost is appearing

    Pentagon’s $55 billion mystery plane is secret, but debate on cost is appearing

    Highly classified, the program is one of the Air Force’s top priorities -- and its most expensive.

    U.S. clemency effort, slow to start, will rely on an army of pro bono lawyers

    U.S. clemency effort, slow to start, will rely on an army of pro bono lawyers

    More than 35,000 inmates have applied for earlier release, but only a handful had sentences commuted.

    Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington

    Nuclear deal with Iran gets closer as Netanyahu comes to Washington

    While the Israeli prime minister addresses Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry will be in negotiations.

    Obama will host Afghanistan’s new leader at Camp David

    Obama will host Afghanistan’s new leader at Camp David

    At the core of discussions during Ashraf Ghani’s visit will be the future U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

    NSA Secrets

    FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Revelations and reaction

    The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

    This is longest period without a U.S. military combat casualty since 9/11

    This is longest period without a U.S. military combat casualty since 9/11

    CHECKPOINT | The father of an airman who died in Afghanistan points that out to a GOP “hawk.”

    NATO commander warns about deteriorating situation in Ukraine

    NATO commander warns about deteriorating situation in Ukraine

    Gen. Philip M. Breedlove says he has made recommendations to the White House on how to counter Moscow.

    Gen. John Allen: Islamic State has lost half of its leaders in Iraq

    Gen. John Allen: Islamic State has lost half of its leaders in Iraq

    ‘We’re not going to eradicate or annihilate ISIL,’ Allen said of the militant group.

    A long look at the U.S. military’s modern deserters

    A long look at the U.S. military’s modern deserters

    A new story by New York Magazine probes the lives of ordinary American troops who have deserted.

    Elsewhere in World