He had mysterious symptoms that he couldn't shake, like headaches, rashes, and intermittent fevers. His doctors gave him CT scans, laxatives, and more antibiotics. Portions of his medical records never arrived. They would have shown a positive te
Because Navajo spiritual law holds that Tallman cannot keep the power and serve his people if he participates in killing, he didn't rejoin Delta Company of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. He applied for conscientious-objector status.
The Bush administration actively supported Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia. It provided money, advisers, and, finally, U.S. warplanes. And there was no justification for Ethiopia's invasion. It was a clear violation of the U.N. charter. The ne
The news that NCIS has recommended murder charges be filed against four marines for killing 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005 saddens and angers this Marine officer and, I am sure, other Marine combat veterans.
Iraq's prime minister has dropped his protection of an anti-American cleric's Shiite militia after U.S. intelligence convinced him the group was infiltrated by death squads, two officials said. In a desperate bid to fend off an all-out Ame
The head of Nato forces in Afghanistan warns today that the military effort needs more money and more troops for a year-long push that he believes will defeat the Taliban. [Interesting interview by Brits fighting our 9-11 fight.]
Private security contractor Blackwater USA is seeking $10 million from the attorney representing the estates of four employees killed and mutilated in Iraq, arguing their families breached the security guards' contracts by suing the company for w
Another grim milestone: the arrival of the 500th amputee. Army officials said the victim, a 24-year-old corporal, lost both legs in a roadside bomb explosion on January 12. He was treated at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, before landing
At least 25 US troops were killed across Iraq in one of the deadliest days for the American forces since the invasion began, as the military said 3,200 new troops had arrived to quell Baghdad violence.
The steadily rising Iraq war price tag will reach about $8.4 billion a month this year, Pentagon spokesmen said, as heavy replacement costs for lost, destroyed and aging equipment mount.
Neither President Bush nor Vice President Cheney have cited any US intelligence assessments to support their fateful decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. Why no intelligence justification this time around? Because there is none.
Since the lies "Scooter" Libby is alleged to have told – and the circumstances of their telling – are unlikely to become an issue at trial, it is perhaps worthwhile explicating them a bit.
With Iraq in chaos and the Persian Gulf worried about a possible confrontation with Iran, Rice and President Bush are trying to limit the damage. Their focus is shifting from Iraq to the rest of the region for the first time since the U.S. invasion i
Our troops and our military are now in deep trouble. Many of our soldiers and Marines are now pulling their third or fourth combat tours. Those tours are being extended beyond the normal 12 months and the troops' time at home for family and train
Just over 5 years into the 21st century, and the president, who only 9 months ago was trumpeting his "strategy for victory" in Iraq, now speaks vaguely about "success," or about a "victory," no longer decisive, that **QQ
Difficulties and persecution is nothing new to the minority Christians living in Iraq. However, local Christians are now saying that the anarchistic situation in their country has destroyed all optimism for a better future. "Almost no one see
"The proposed solution is to send more troops and it won't work. The addition of 21,000 troops is too little and too late," former Marine Gen. Joseph Hoar said. Hoar once commanded all American forces in the Middle East and has nothing
A senior US official promised "serious efforts" to curb Turkish Kurd rebels based in northern Iraq, that has long poisoned US ties with Turkey. Washington continues to support Ankara's struggle against the separatist Kurdistan Workers**
Iraq's long-awaited hydrocarbons law, which could attract huge investments from foreign oil companies, has been drafted and will be submitted to the Cabinet for endorsement next week, the Oil Ministry said. Once the draft law is endorsed by the C
The desperate plight of children who are dying in Iraqi hospitals for the conditions in hospitals revealed amount to a breach of the Geneva conventions that require Britain and the US as occupying forces to protect human life.
Today there are no less than 11 such anti-war resolutions vying for attention. The great problem is they are either unconstitutional, or non-binding resolutions, which have no effect except to distance Democrats from their own handiwork.
Iraqi security forces arrested a top aide of fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in a new crackdown on militias as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates paid a visit to the strife-torn country. [hostage taking?]
Lawmakers were introducing Iraq legislation at a mad pace, at one point in the afternoon scheduling news conferences in half-hour intervals. By the end of the day, they had issued more bills than Pepco.
BRITAIN has joined a campaign to strengthen substantially America's military presence in the Persian Gulf in an effort to blunt Iranian influence in Iraq and the region.
Russia confirms it has sold Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran. Ministry officials have previously said Moscow would supply 29 of the sophisticated missile systems to Iran under a 700 million U.S. dollars contract signed in December.
British army intelligence sources have said that terrorists attacking British bases in Basra, Iraq, were using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth internet tool to pinpoint their attacks. Documents seized during raids on the homes
The way to come to grips with $1.2 trillion is to forget about the number itself and think instead about what you could buy with the money. [Or, you could give it back to the people it was stolen from.]
6 foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, along with Egypt and Jordan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “welcomed the commitment” of the US to stabilizing Iraq plan. [How much will it cost us?]
'The most likely point at which petroleum becomes involved in this would be possibly Mahdi Army attacks on US military fuel convoys bringing fuel to US bases up north. That would be pretty serious, you can't run tanks and helicopter gunships
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he wants to extend the combat tours of 1,200 soldiers amid rising violence, and Defense Secretary Gates said he was "strongly inclined" to recommend a troop increase to President Bush if commande