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Defense Nominee: I Would Consider Changing Plans For Withdrawing All US Troops From Afghanistan If Conditions Worsen

Ashton Carter said he would consider changing plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 if security conditions worsen.


Ashton Carter listens as President Barack Obama announces his nomination of Carter to be the next Defense Secretary in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Dec. 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hagel Doesn’t Attend Ceremony As Obama Taps New Defense Secretary Nominee

Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation’s “foremost national security leaders.”


NATO soldiers walk inside the yard of Kabul police headquarters building after a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters in Kabul on Jan. 21, 2013. (credit: MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon: Afghan War Effort Will Be Harmed By Budget Cuts

The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military’s combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Friday.