President Barack Obama says he will seek to bring the U.S. force in Afghanistan down to 9,800 as the American combat mission ends later this year. He then intends to withdraw most those forces by the end of 2016.
The “NCIS: Los Angeles” co-stars is set to co-host “An All-Star Salute to the Troops”
What started with a simple care package for a Marine captain serving in Afghanistan has blossomed into a pipeline of emergency support for service members overseas.
By some estimates, the unemployment rate of returning National Guard men and women is 5 – 10% higher than the state average. In some units, half of all returning soldiers cannot find work.
U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan have been battling a stubborn foe in recent months, the common flu virus. Now, a charity that started in the Bay Area is facing hurdles trying to get equipment overseas to help ailing soldiers.
The reduction of US forces in Afghanistan is being welcomed by many Afghans living in the Bay Area.
In Wednesday’s speech, President Barack Obama is expected to outline a plan to bring 5,000 troops home from Afghanistan this summer and another 5,000 by winter or spring of next year.
Some soldiers who served in Afghanistan, for instance, said they went weeks – if not months – without even showering.
The 100,000 U.S. troops now stationed in Afghanistan should be trimmed to 10,000 to 25,000 within the next 18 months, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday.
Two thousand care packages from the Bay Area are now on their way to American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.