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U.S. Completes Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

Five U.S. C-17 military transport planes departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan late Monday, marking the completion of U.S. troop withdrawal and evacuation operations and the end of a 20-year war in the country. As part of the evacuation, approximately 123,000 individuals have been airlifted out of Afghanistan in the last two months, including about 6,000 U.S. citizens.

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David Shear: Military Modernization, Resource Demand Could Create APAC Region Instability

David Shear, assistant defense secretary for Asian-Pacific security affairs, has detailed the U.S. government’s efforts to ensure maritime security in Asia-Pacific, DoD News reported Friday. Shear said the U.S. will work to safeguard freedom of navigation within the region’s maritime environment through continued engagement, multilateral institutions and diplomacy, Jim Garamone …

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Russia, Japan Agree to Increase Defense and Security Cooperation

Japanese and Russian foreign and defense officials met Saturday to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation amid regional security concerns in the Asia Pacific, Reuters reported Saturday. Yoko Kubota writes the ministers from both countries agreed to hold more diplomatic forums and joint military exercises to fight piracy and terrorism. Japanese Foreign …

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Foreign Service Essential, Report Argues

The State Department must expand its Foreign Service ranks despite pressure for spending cuts, a Foreign Affairs Council report says. The report, released Wednesday, evaluated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s leadership over the past two years. The State Department’s diplomatic staff grew by 17 percent in fiscal 2009 and 2010, and Foreign …

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