U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has ordered a cut in the number of American troops in Afghanistan to about 16,000 from a current 19,000 by next spring, the Pentagon said.
In an exclusive interview, a leading Baathist and former Iraqi ambassador to India and Vietnam has called for direct talks between the Iraqi resistance and the United States. The official, Salah al-Mukhtar, also denounced Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al
House Judiciary Committee Democrats, spearheaded by Rep. John Conyers, has released the sharpest critique to date surrounding Iraq titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution a
Five U.S. Army Rangers court-martialed over charges of detainee abuse in Iraq have pleaded guilty and been given punishments varying from 30 days to six months in confinement, the military said on Monday.
House Republican leaders plan to bring to the floor today a $453 billion defense spending bill laden with several add-ons, including a contentious provision to allow drilling in an Arctic reserve, which could threaten the bill's chances of passin
Most of the 184 allegations investigated were completed without criminal or disciplinary action, but 14 soldiers have faced trial and 15 more are awaiting court martial. He agreed that the allegations had “damaged the Army”, but said it would be wors
Dozens of high level detainees from the regime of Saddam Hussein have been released, the US military said, with an Iraqi lawyer saying they included female weapons scientists "Dr Anthrax" and "Dr Germ" who was ranked 53rd on the U
"There was not a proper vetting process for the candidates," said Nader Nadery, who leads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. "So a number of people with very bad human rights records have gotten into parliament
If a terrorist suspect in detention had information about an imminent attack represented a possible exception to the ban. "It would not shock the conscience. And in that million-to-one situation, then the president would authorize it and take r
President Bush abandoned his everything-is-OK pitch: He was wrong about the rationale for going to war in Iraq; he underestimated the dangers; the country has suffered "terrible loss"; and the bad news isn't over. But we have to stay th
Finally get a glimpse into the Iraqi experience, from four intrepid independent photojournalists. Begins with the American invasion and moves through the rise of the insurgency in Falluja and Sadr City and culminates with the siege of Najaf and the M
"In clandestine parlance, Lincoln Group was a 'cutout' — a third party — that would provide the military with plausible deniability," said a former Lincoln Group employee who worked on the operation. "To attribute products to [
Repeated protestations from President Bush, Secretary of State Rice and other officials that "we do not torture" miss the point that the US has by any meaningful standard engaged in illegal cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoner
Shades of Bush: Spymasters warned Tony Blair before the July 7 suicide bombings that Al-Qaeda was planning a “high priority” attack specifically aimed at the London Tube.
Lawyers for a former pupil at a top British independent school have accused the government of colluding with the CIA to send him to a series of prisons where he was abused. Bisher al-Rawi, a former student at Millfield now being held at Guantanamo
Sheehan pulls absolutely no punches in deeming the president and his top aides war criminals, liars, murderers, cowards, and morally corrupt political figures. As she reminds us, all they offer to justify the blood on their hands is smoke and mirrors
Just as the dust from the storm over the wrongful kidnapping of a German citizen by the CIA was settling, a new intelligence scandal surfaced in Berlin when a senior government official said German agencies had interrogated prisoners at Guantanamo Ba
Some 57 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. military should stay until Iraq is stabilized, while 36 percent favor an immediate troop withdrawal. A year ago, 71 percent of respondents favored keeping troops in Iraq until it was stabilized.
A leading Sunni politician said Friday his party would be open to an alliance with secular Shiites and Kurds to form a coalition government to run the country once the results are in from this week's parliamentary elections.
The Army met its recruiting goal for November by again accepting a high percentage of recruits who scored in the lowest category on the military’s aptitude tests, Pentagon officials said, raising renewed concerns that the quality of the all-volunteer
In a 279-109 vote, the GOP-controlled House approved a resolution saying the chamber is committed "to achieving victory in Iraq" and that setting an "artificial timetable" would be "fundamentally inconsistent with achieving v
By the end of the current session of Congress later this month, the Pentagon could have legal authority to "covertly" gather intelligence on U.S. citizens in the United States – a power taken away following excesses during the Vietnam War.
Iraqi security forces caught the most wanted man in the country, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last year, but released him because they didn't know who he was. The al Qaeda leader has a $25 million bounty on his head
The domestic debate on US policy towards Iraq is finally shifting against the war, with a majority of Americans supporting either immediate withdrawal or withdrawal within 2 years time. Two years might seem like a long while, but considering that the
President Bush isn't on the ballot in Baghdad, but he does have a lot riding on the Iraqi elections today — including, perhaps, American support for the war that has defined his presidency.
Convincing Muslims and Sunni Iraqis, the backbone of the rebellion in Iraq, that US troops will return home sooner, not later, is prerequisite to dismantling the terrorist network headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,
The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe.
Are U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed in the Persian Gulf, on hair-trigger alert, and ready to be launched against Iran at a moment's notice? The answer is contained in presidential directive NSPD 35, "Nuclear Weapons Deployment Author
One day before Iraq's historic parliamentary elections, US President George W. Bush defended his decision to invade that country and reserved the right to preemptive war in the future.
This week, the Department of Defense reported that for the second month in a row, the service hit hardest by the recruiting shortfall - the Army - exceeded its monthly recruiting goals. Yet there has been hardly a peep about that success.