The Pentagon's top brass has moved into second-stage contingency planning for a potential military strike on Iran, one senior intelligence official familiar with the plans tells Raw Story. The official, who is close to the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Two interesting reports explain in detail why America simply cannot win wars against guerrila terrorism. A Washington Post report details the conflict between Special Forces and regular Army units in Iraq. The Special Forces officers and sergeants
American attempts to persuade Europe to think again about financial involvement in Iran may be starting to bear fruit, according to European banking officials. Whether such "back-door sanctions" will work is far less apparent, experts say.
Torture in Iraq may be worse now than it was under Saddam Hussein, with militias, terrorist groups and government forces disregarding rules on the humane treatment of prisoners, the U.N. anti-torture chief said.
One of the organizers called out: "We have time for one or two more questions." "But no time for any answers," one of the reporters muttered. "This is pitiful," said a cameramen. Bad idea to call a news conference if you
The irony of this publicity campaign over Tehran's alleged bid to undermine the occupation is that Iran may well be the main factor holding up a showdown between militant Shi'ites and U.S. forces.
"Some of them, it seems, just did it for fun or feelings of hostility while visiting the facility," Mr Bevan continued. "Others who were tasked to guard them also assaulted and abused them, following Cpl Payne's example and inde
Renewed raids at Iraqi homes by joint U.S.-Iraqi security forces are angering Iraqis – while failing to improve the worsening security situation. "Operation Forward Together should be called 'To Hell Together,'" 53-year-old Hamid Fa
The Pentagon has created a new desk to work on Iran policy. That worries some at the CIA, who point out that many of the new Iran-desk staffers are the same people who staffed the now-notorious Office of Special Plans in the run-up to the Iraq War.
The United States military said it had found no evidence that the Iraqi government and its police were behind Shi'ite sectarian death squads murdering Sunnis in Baghdad.
President Bush said he would order US forces to go after Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan if he had good intelligence on his location. But Pakistan's president told reporters that his government would oppose any US action in its territory.
Four months after Iraq's unity government took office, hope is turning to disappointment. Key U.S. leaders are hinting that Iraq's leaders must make hard decisions and soon if they expect American support to continue.
The Pentagon notified U.S. lawmakers about the possible sale to Iraq of up to $500 million in helicopters, weapons and vehicles and up to $250 million in logistics support for those systems. [Guess who is going to pay for it?]
The administration of US President George W Bush when faced with a public outcry over Iraq, has with great effectiveness disseminated expertly crafted, razor-sharp talking points into the ether to persuade voters to believe what they hear
Part II of Imperialism 101 focusing on the war in Iraq
Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh served in the CIA for 15 years and retired on June 30, 2006, as the Director of Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program, the intelligence community's premier group dedicated to the issue of political Islam. His research h
Few Americans served in Iraq longer than Army Reserve Capt. A. Heather Coyne. She arrived in Baghdad with the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade in April 2003 and was in the military in Baghdad until June of the following year. She stayed on to head the
"Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar province, is still living with the daily terror of its people getting killed by snipers and its infrastructure being destroyed," Ahmad, a local doctor who withheld his last name for security purposes, told I
After 5 years, the US-led international reconstruction mission has failed Afghanistan and its people. An all-military approach and aggressive poppy crop eradication strategies led by the US and the UK have triggered a hunger crisis and accelerated t
The United States is unlikely to begin cutting its troops in Iraq until at least mid-2007 as they try to stop sectarian violence from degenerating into civil war, a senior general said.
Glory and service to country seem to drive the students taking private English lessons in one of the many foreign language schools that have opened here since the Taliban fell. They aspire to be doctors, engineers, and journalists - to elevate themse
One of the world’s biggest arms manufacturers, is designing a new generation of “green” munitions, including “lead-free” bullets and rockets with reduced toxins. It wants to cut dangerous compounds which “can pose a risk to people”.
Britain's alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror was under strain after the Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, warned the Bush administration that it risked international condemnation if its detention of al-Qaeda suspects was in breac
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned urgent action is needed by the entire international community to drag Iraq back from the brink of all-out civil war. Speaking as Iraqi leaders defended their policies to potential aid donors at the UN General
After the fall of Saddam Hussein's government the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans -- restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone a
Fresh allegations of brutality are being reported from inside the walls of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, which was transferred from U.S. military to Iraqi government control on September 1st. [Didn't we pledge to destroy this place?]
Sec. Rumsfeld: The fact of the matter is - if Saddam Hussein were still in power in Iraq, he would be rolling in petrol dollars. Think of the price of oil today. He would have so much money. And he would be seeing the Iranians interested in a nuc
In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law.
The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson intensified U.S. efforts to combat Iranian financial support for terrorism at a meeting of finance ministers from the G-7 nations. Paulson urged his counterparts from the world's leading economies to back effor