• The move further clouds the picture for Obama as he repositions key figures on his national security team and in key military leadership roles.

    FILE - In this March 26, 2012 file photo, Marine Gen. John Allen speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama says he has accepted Allen's request to retire from military.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 20, 2013, 1:36 PM EST
  • Afghan children play on the remains of a Soviet tank in the Behsood district of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

    The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition killed 126 civilians last year, a nearly 50 percent drop from the year before.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 19, 2013, 10:05 AM EST
  • An Afghan child poses for a photograph beneath graffiti of a pistol, with writing that reads, "freedom," in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    A gov't panel's findings were the result of a two-week fact-finding mission following a U.N. report last month that said Afghan authorities are still torturing prisoners.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 11, 2013, 11:09 AM EST