Champions of the poor or sectarian thugs? A crisis over a U.S.-backed raid on an Iraqi mosque that cost at least 16 lives has again thrust attention on a Shi'ite militia led by fiery young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. His Mehdi Army fighters were g
"We are not leaving the base in daytime because we know other bombers are waiting for us," said a soldier at a base near Mosul's city centre. The 12,000 police "are police by day and terrorists by night."
“The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area.” That’s how messed up the country is at this point.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran on Thursday the "international community is united" in the dispute over its nuclear program, but a Tehran envoy defiantly rejected a U.N. call to reimpose a freeze on uranium enrichment.
The just updated National Security Strategy, published so we can all read it, specifically singles out Hugo Chavez as "a demogogue awash in oil money (who is) undermining democracy and seeking to destabilize the region."
The days of crewed vehicles – both on the ground and in the air - are numbered. The US Air Force admits there is no planned successor to the F-22; the next generation will be unmanned.
Police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said Carroll, 28, was handed over to the Iraqi Islamic Party office in Amiriya, western Baghdad, by an unknown group. She was later turned over to the Americans and was believed to be in the heavily fortified Gree
To help recruit US government civilians for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department has boosted the pay allowances for both hardship and danger to the highest levels ever granted. An extra 70% above base salaries for hardship and danger.
The George W. Bush administration failed to enter into negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program in May 2003 because neoconservative zealots who advocated destabilization and regime change were able to block any serious diplomatic engagement with
An unusual experiment in public access is giving anyone with a computer a chance to play intelligence analyst and second-guess the government. Under pressure from Congressional Republicans, the director of national intelligence has begun a yearlong p
Iraqi and American special forces who attacked an insurgent headquarters in Baghdad were not aware that their target contained a mosque until after the battle. The controversial raid, which Iraqi radicals claim resulted in the deaths of 21 unarmed wo
There is one doctoral dissertation that is so influential that General George Casey, the US commander in Iraq, is said to carry it with him everywhere. Most of his staff have been ordered to read it and he pressed a copy into the hands of Donald Rums
The British government has failed to honor its pledge to compensate Afghani farmers for eradicating poppy crops, causing widespread anger in the volatile south of the country and leading to increased support for Taliban insurgents.
My husband, Sgt. Kevin Benderman, chose to no longer participate in war. He followed the Army regulations, filed a Conscientious Objector application, and acted honorably every step of the way
UScommanders in Iraq accused powerful Shi‘ite groups of moving the corpses of gunmen killed in battle to encourage accusations that US-led troops massacred unarmed worshippers in a mosque. "After the fact, someone went in and made the scene look
Taliban insurgents attacked a military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing a U.S. and a Canadian soldier while 32 of the attackers were also killed, the U.S. military said. The Taliban have vowed to oust foreign forces and the Western-backed go
A NY Times article about a meeting between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Jan 31, 2003, is receiving attention. Contrasted with what the 2 men told the press when they emerged from the closed-door session.
Iraq's ruling parties demanded U.S. forces cede control of securityas the government launched an inquiry into a raid on a Shi'ite mosque complex that ministers said saw "cold blooded" killings by U.S.-led troops.
The ordeal of Abdul Rahman, whose death was demanded by the imams of Afghanistan, causes one to ask: What is this new democracy President Bush celebrates? Is it really something for which we ought to be sending young Americans to fight and die?
"I remember when we were in office, starting in 1998, various Republicans were coming to us wanting a ground invasion," Madeleine Albright said. She did not name the people she said made those requests nor say what prompted them.
A senior Iraqi politician from a rival Shi'ite party to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that President Bush had made clear he did not want Jaafari to lead a new government of national unity.
Senior ministers from the three main Shia factions united to denounce an American raid on a Baghdad mosque complex in which at least 20 people died, opening the biggest rift between the US and Iraq's majority Shia community since the toppling of
During a private 2-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find un
War kills the innocent, strengthens the state, supports dictatorships, and stirs up hatred. How can anyone be considered a winner?Entered By: Mike Dugger
Yes, we are increasingly cranky – about the casualties, the cost, and the clear inability of American forces to make a dent in the insurgency – and this impatient mood is no doubt shared, in spades, by the troops on the ground and their commanders, a
Ah, but they volunteered, you say. Yes, they did. All the more reason to honor their commitment by making sure they aren't cannon fodder in a dubious cause. Soldiers shouldn't be ill-used simply because they believed in their country and its
What happened in the village of Abu Sifa, in the rural Al-Isahaqi district north of Baghdad, on the Ides of March? The murk of war – the natural blur of unbuckled event, and its artificial augmentation by professional massagers – shrouds the detailsEntered By: Mike Dugger
Amid a swirl of conflicting versions of the events, the US military said Iraqi special forces raided a meeting hall in northeast Baghdad being used by an insurgent cell and killed 16 people and detained 18 others. Many of the dead were elderly and th
Charles Darwin gained fame by pointing out that Mother Nature has a way of bringing reality into sharp focus. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has provided us with a dramatic reminder of Darwin's theory; albeit on a societal scale.
Francis Fukuyama was a life-long neo-conservative prior to the election of the Bush Administration. The Iraq war led him to change his mind. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to Fukuyama about the US handling of Iraq, the moral superiority of America and Europe**