Centcom: No Clear Links to Taliban in Killing of Army Two-Star

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, left, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, third from left, watch an Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

An investigation into the Afghan national police officer who shot and killed an U.S. Army general in Kabul last August found “no clear evidence” the shooter was part of the Taliban or a terrorist group, according to a U.S. Central Command report.

The report into the shooting, which killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and wounded 18 others during a visit to the Afghan National Defense University, stated that the shooter, Rafiqullah Tashkera was a “self-radicalized” jihadist.

U.S. to Leave More Troops than First Planned in Afghanistan

U.S. troops stand guard in front of a police medical warehouse in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Who On Earth Would Want to Replace Hagel?

Let's go, Chuck.

On the one hand, it makes sense why the White House needed to leak so emphatically this morning that Hagel’s departure was “under pressure” and not an amicable split. First, Hagel and his people were saying that he had initiated the split over his frustrations with the White House, and the president’s aides no doubt felt that such a narrative needed a strong response.

On Veterans Day, What We’re Leaving Behind

US Marine in Helmand Province / AP

Hundreds of thousands of American veterans have served in Afghanistan since 2001, and around 20,000 troops remain there today, though the number plummets daily with the abandonment of bases and the turnover of major installations to the Afghan government. By early next year, there will be only 9,800 American troops left in the country, a number that will be reduced by half no later than the end of 2015. According to the White House, it will be reduced again, effectively to zero, by the end of 2016.

So how are things going?