Afghanistan may need foreign troops for another 5-10 years to combat terrorism and insurgents, President Hamid Karzai said. NATO has fielded 9,000 troops across Kabul, and 6,000 in Taliban strongholds. The US has 19,000 which hunts down insurgents.
Bucklew also hailed Burke, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "This is a bad thing, but he certainly has a past he can be proud of." That past, and his cooperation with investigators looking into a bribery scam at SOCom, helped Burke get a
For months, the young Shiite couple could not decide whether to move from Dora, a mostly Sunni Arab neighborhood and one of Baghdad's most dangerous. After death threats, the murder of a neighbor and the birth of their first child, they decided i
Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons. [even if = $6/gal. gas?]
President Bush will use his new budget to propose cutting the size of the Army Reserve to its lowest level in 3 decades come as the Defense Department struggles to trim personnel costs and other expenses to pay for the war in Iraq and a host of othe
The US might now seem hypocritical to many Arabs - encouraging democracy in the Middle East, while rejecting the choices that result from its exercise. Is Mr. Bush's campaign for democracy encouraging the empowerment of Islamist militants
Canadian Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper has defended plans to send military ice-breakers to the Arctic in defiance of criticism from Washington. US ambassador David Wilkins said that Washington opposed the plan and, like most other countries, d
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged in a document made public that information spread by the Pentagon to influence foreign peoples and enemies increasingly seeps back home and is "consumed by our domestic audience."
The top US commander in Iraq acknowledged that the Army was stretched but insisted forces here were capable of accomplishing their mission and any recommendation to reduce troops further would be dictated by the situation on the battlefield.
Courts martial and equipment failures fuel rank and file discontent. A groundswell of discontent among members of the armed forces is leading to calls for the formation of a federation to campaign for the rights of the 250,000 servicemen and women in
A federal judge has thrown out a legal challenge filed by two soldiers to a U.S. Army policy forcing them to remain in the military for duty in the Iraq war after their voluntary service commitment ended.
Soldiers prosecuted in the abuse or even deaths of detainees rarely have paid a heavy price, an indication of the difficulties the U.S. military has had sorting out right from wrong during the war on terrorism. Charged with murder in an Iraqi general
More than 400 detainees being held in Iraqi and US-run prisons, including five women, have been released in a move which could help free abducted US reporter Jill Carroll.
A judge ordered the US government to hand some classified documents to the attorneys of Zacarias Moussaoui, the French Al-Qaeda member who could face the death penalty after admitting his role in the September 11 attacks.
Iraq's top Sunni Muslim political party called on its followers to use any means necessary to defend their homes, saying the government is too weak to protect Sunni neighborhoods from violent raids by the Shiite Muslim-dominated police.
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, who turned out to be right about Iraq not having unconventional weapons, says the US should offer Iran a range of inducements to keep it from developing nuclear weapons.
Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.
Most of us aren't wild about paying for the Bush administration with our taxes, but one thing we have a right to expect is that our government would protect us from mass murderers and would chase them down and arrest them. It has not done that. W
"We don’t want interference in Pakistan ... only Pakistan forces will act," said Musharraf, wearing a dark suit rather than his military uniform. Pakistan had demanded assurances that US forces would not attack again across the border from
A leader of a Sunni resistance group, who said he recently spent time with the most wanted man in Iraq, reportedly said the militant leader wore a suicide belt even when asleep. "He told me: 'I would rather blow myself up and die as a martyr
Wouldn't it be cool to fight with robots? Way cool. Yeah, and lets have elite, small fighting forces who can get in and get out. [And leave the countries they attack in shambles.]
Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, will preside at the trial. His appointment comes as a surprise. The prior Judge Amin's deputy in the trial was expected to replace the judge in line with the Iraqi law running the tribunal. But he was accused o
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was strong international consensus against Iran's nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.
The US attack on Iraq then provided al-Qaeda with a trump card as it was able to reactivate members and sympathizers in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Morocco and beyond. In fact the success of the Iraqi resistance, in which al-Qaeda i
Neither the Shiites nor the Kurds trust the Sunnis enough to want to make them real players in the new government, diplomats say, and it is unlikely they will get any key ministries, especially those controlling the security services. But without Sun
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi cleric, has said his al-Mahdi Army will help to defend Iran if it is attacked. Al-Sadr's comments could be seen as a message that Tehran has allies who could make things difficult for US forces in the region if Iran**Q*
Water supplied to a U.S. base in Iraq was contaminated and the contractor in charge, Halliburton, failed to tell troops and civilians at the facility, according to internal documents from the company and interviews with former Halliburton officials.
Thousands of angry Pakistanis protested Sunday against a U.S. airstrike that killed civilians, chanting "Long live Osama bin Laden!" as anti-American rallies in the country entered their second week.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani signed an agreement that paves the way for a single administration to run their autonomous northern region.
Disappointed by the election performance of Iraq's moderate parties, US officials established more modest goals as Iraqi leaders divide spoils: preventing religious or nationalist parties from gaining a strong hold on the army and police.