How quitting Afghanistan presents fresh challenges for US
Washington (AFP) - President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan ushers in a new set of risks for the United States and its military. What are those risks, and how does the administration hope to mitigate them? Does 'withdrawal' equal 'security vacuum'? Officially, the Pentagon supports the US president's decision to end America's longest war. But many senior US commanders have been voicing their misgivings for months. General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, recently told AFP that he had "reasons to believe" a withdrawal would allow the resurgen...
Journalists and aid workers: US hostages killed by Islamic State
Washington (AFP) - US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, were among Westerners taken hostage and killed by the so-called Islamic State group in Syria.Two members of an IS cell dubbed the "Beatles" were due to appear by video link in a US court on Wednesday, charged with involvement in their murders.James FoleyJames Foley was kidnapped on November 22, 2012 in northern Syria with British Sunday Times journalist John Cantlie, who is still missing.A writer and videographer, Foley, 40, covered the uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime for...