David Wood

National Security Correspondent, PoliticsDaily.com

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National security correspondent for PoliticsDaily.com; former national security correspondent for the Baltimore Sun

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Before this weekend's  NATO summit , Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters he wants fewer foreign troops in his country to reduce what he called "intrusiveness" of the war…

Obama, Karzai and the War in Afghanistan

Before this weekend's NATO summit , Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters he wants fewer foreign troops in his country to reduce what he called "intrusiveness" of the war…

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President Hamid Karzai wants US and NATO forces reduced, but he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not.

US, NATO Agree to Stay in Afghanistan until 2014

President Hamid Karzai wants US and NATO forces reduced, but he'll have to settle for increased drone strikes and nighttime raids whether he likes it or not.

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At his  re-confirmation hearing  today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said it's likely that commanders in Afghanistan will ask for more troops “very…

Obama's Two Fronts in the Afghan War

At his re-confirmation hearing today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said it's likely that commanders in Afghanistan will ask for more troops “very…

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