Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is in Washington this week. He's already met with President Obama, and the White House is debating how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.
One factor in that decision: whether Afghans can take over the fight.
An area of Afghanistan that was the scene of major combat a year ago is now a test case for whether peace can hold in the country. North of the district of Marjah, in Helmand province, Marines are working with locals who know the area and know the enemy.
Just outside the Syrian village of Khirbet Al-Jouz, a 27-year-old Syrian named Ali splashes water on his face in a muddy creek.
He jokingly cries out, "Syria hurra! ["Free Syria!"]"
In a valley framed on one side by Syrian mountains and on the other by the Turkish border, tents and blankets are strewn across the hillside. Displaced Syrians continue to make their way over rough mountain roads and trails to the northwestern corner of the country. Free Syria, for these uprooted farm families, is a long valley studded with evergreens and strewn with boulders.
Today, a 13-year-old federal court case against Osama bin Laden has officially been closed. More than a month after bin Laden was shot in the head and buried at sea, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan granted a request from prosecutors to drop the terrorism charges against bin Laden.
In just a few weeks, President Barack Obama hits a pretty important milestone: His daughter Malia becomes a teenager.
ABC's Good Morning America had a pretty long chat with the president, just in time for father's day. Robin Roberts asked him about becoming the father of a teen and Obama seemed surprisingly cool. He said:
Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn has been fielding questions all this week after calling for a cut to funding for The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. But he now says he didn’t realize that provision was included in what he was supporting. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing. Here’s host Raj Chohan.
Yo Gabba Gabba! began on the Nick Jr. TV network as a show to entertain and educate the pre-kindergarten set. But now, with its fourth season in production, the show's popularity is stretching demographic boundaries, in part because of its musical content.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may be gone, but his three-quarters apologetic and one-quarter "I'll be back" resignation speech hinted that he believes a future in elective politics may not be out of the question.
History clearly suggests otherwise.
While plenty of politicians who have misbehaved --even criminally-- weathered their scandals and remain in office, the comeback prospects for those who resign or abandon reelection dreams are decidedly dim.
As budget concerns multiply, money worries have entered the debate over foreign policy strategy.
Some policymakers cite fiscal savings as one compelling reason to begin a serious withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next month.
And the Obama administration has had to be fairly modest in its diplomatic efforts regarding the emerging democracies of the Middle East and North Africa. Its proposed $2 billion aid package for Tunisia and Egypt falls far short of being a new Marshall Plan.