Drones, long-range bombers and spy networks will be used in an effort to prevent Afghanistan from re-emerging as a terrorist base to threaten the United States.
The Defense Department inspector general will examine whether elite U.S. commando forces are doing enough to comply with the laws of armed conflict and hold violators accountable.
The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.
It was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had conducted long-range flights near Iranian air space on short notice.
Officials have not said how the men died. They were identified as Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44.
The arrival of the new officials has prompted concerns. Their backgrounds offer insights into their policies.
U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a predawn raid in neighboring Nigeria to free the American before he could be sold to terrorists.
American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.
The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.
An unreleased report commissioned by U.S. Special Operations Command found deficiencies in the military’s suicide-prevention programs for its elite troops.
The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.
Special Operations forces used a secret weapon designed to limit civilian casualties to strike the Qaeda veteran this month.
As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.