Things are going so badly in the war in Afghanistan that even John McCain, one of the Senate's foremost hawks, has said an accelerated withdrawal of American forces has to be considered among the available options, the D.C. publication The Hill reported.

As U.S. troops suspended most joint operations with Afghan forces in response to the ongoing killings of American soldiers by the Afghan police and military personnel with whom they serve, a senior NATO officer said that the “insider” attacks were part of an attempt by the Taliban to drive a wedge between the two sides and to weaken the morale and resolve of “coalition” forces.

The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan has temporarily suspended joint operations with Afghan forces, due to a recent surge in the number of U.S. and NATO soldiers killed and wounded by members of the Afghan units they have been training and supporting in combat. Military officials are also concerned that those incidents might increase further due to the recent riots and demonstrations of anti-American sentiment in the region over a film made in the United States that mocks the Muslim prophet Mohammed. 

The United States and Great Britain are leading an armada of cruisers, aircraft carriers, and mine sweepers from 25 countries for 12 days of the largest exercise of "war games" in the history of the Persian Gulf region, the Guardian of London reported over the past weekend.

Pointing to recent attacks on American consulates and embassies — including the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens — Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on September 13 offered an amendment to the foreign aid bill that would deny funds to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya.