Shipping ContaintersThe China Daily US Edition reported on September 7 that "China will 'vigorously' expand its imports of key products as the nation strives to cut its trade surplus amid growing protectionism against the world's largest exporter."

 

The September 8 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, often described as the most "liberal" in the nation, came down on the side of national security at the expense of human rights.

Afghan soldierPresident Barack Obama set a date of July 2011 to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This does not, however, mean that the United States will cease pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into the country at the same time.

US soldier in IraqOn August 31 President Barack Obama announced that “the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.”

USA Today reported on September 2 that Iraq is preparing to buy as much as $13 billion in U.S. arms and military equipment. The report cited U.S. officials who said the large purchase of tanks, ships, and military hardware is an indication that Iraqi-U.S. military ties will remain close for years to come.