Serving as a local interpreter for the US during the war in Afghanistan was a deeply risky move. It was like putting a target on your head for Taliban fighters. The US promised to help interpreters, but for two of them, the road to their holiday lunch this week reunited in the US was long and complex.
So what does the future look like for Ayman Zawahiri, the new leader of al-Qaida? We speak to Leah Farrall, Former Senior Counter-Terrorism Analyst for the Australian Federal Police and now author of the blog, All Things Counter Terrorism.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told NATO allies in Afghanistan today that the country needs more military assistance but many European leaders are reluctant to put more of their own troops in harm's way, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.
There are reports today that Susan Rice might be President-elect Obama's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. The World's Jeb Sharp has more on the next president's emerging foreign policy team.
President-elect Obama announced the top members of his national security team today, including Senator Hillary Clinton as his pick for Secretary of State and current Pentagon chief Robert Gates as his Defense Secretary.
The US military budget has more than doubled since the 9/11 attacks. Now Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the military needs to be smarter about how its spending. The World's Jason Margolis reports.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion over the next five years. $35 billion of those proposed savings would come from cuts to the US Navy. The World's Jason Margolis has more.