It's no surprise that we're hearing allegations of rape against the Iraqi National Police, considering who trained them. DynCorp, the private contractor that the Bush Administration hired to prepare Iraq's new police force for duty, has a
The US military said it was investigating whether civilians, including 2 children, were killed during a fierce gunbattle in Ramadi that ended with air strikes destroying several buildings. Iraqi officials said 26 people were killed, including women a
The report didn't disprove the woman's allegations, the experts said, and it indicated that the woman suffered extensive injuries, including at least eight bruises on the front of her thighs consistent with a sexual assault. "Generall
An Iraqi police official in the northwestern city of Tall Afar said that a military officer and three soldiers had admitted to raping a Sunni woman and recording the act with a cellphone camera.
The American military quietly waged a campaign from Ethiopia last month to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa, including the use of an airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to mount airstrikes against Islamic militants in neighborin
“What’s the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” Our leaders—should have learned back before they signed us up for this crash course in Middle Eastern geopolitics. Let’s do the math on what the war really costs in blood and dollars.
The Pentagon is planning to send more than 14,000 National Guard troops back to Iraq next year, shortening their time between deployments to meet the demands of President Bush’s buildup, Defense Department officials said.
Despite the sacrifices in lives, treasure and liberties, the painful reality is that the US is losing the “war on terror” – in large part because too many people in the Middle East and across the globe view George W. Bush as a bully and a hypocrite.
While Iraqis struggled in the chaos of Baghdad after the invasion, the Americans sent to rebuild the nation led a cocooned existence in the center of the capital - complete with booze, hot dogs and luxury villas. New book exposes life in the Green Zo
A White House spokesman says the expected announcement shows the security situation in the British-patrolled sector of southern Iraq has improved enough so that a drawdown can begin. (Orwell was right)
Insurgents exploded a truck carrying chlorine gas canisters — the second such "dirty" chemical attack in two days — while a U.S. official said ground fire apparently forced the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter. All nine aboard the aircraf
Two suicide car bombers tore through the main gate and detonated their explosives, destroying part of the building, which the U.S. military took over after Iraqi policemen abandoned it last summer because they were threatened by Sunni extremists who
Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks. Blair will also tell the House of Commons that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left sout
Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington was recently sentenced to a mere 8 years in jail for the wanton, planned murder of an Iraqi man, in return for his testimony against the other monsters who participated in the crime. He told the judge, at his sentencing,
Much of Washington assumes that leaving Iraq will lead to a bigger bloodbath. It’s time to question that assumption.
Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, acc
In a remote patch of the Anbar desert just 20 miles from the Syrian border, a single blue pillar of flanges and valves sits atop an enormous deposit of oil and natural gas that would be routine in this petroleum-rich country except for one fact: this
The more US forces come into conflict with the Shi’ite militias in Baghdad, the more they run the risk the guns they provide to the new Iraqi army and police will be turned on them, in “random incidents” and eventually a general uprising.
"The weapons that the terrorists have used are US and British made. Moreover, the arrested terrorist agents have confessed that they have been trained by English-speaking people."
Last month out of 3,000 IEDs directed at occupation troops, only 2.5% were EFPs. But a further statistic explains why these particular weapons are so feared by soldiers: Despite the relatively tiny number deployed, they accounted for 15% of casualti
Carefully planned strategy to focus on downing coalition aircraft, one that American officials say has been carried out by mounting coordinated assaults with machine guns, rockets and surface-to-air missiles.
"TREASON" screamed the front page of the New York Post today, in reaction to Friday's vote in the House of Representatives which easily passed a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's troop surge in Iraq.
Iraq War Plan Assumed Only 5,000 U.S. Troops Still There by December 2006 CentCom PowerPoint Slides Briefed to White House and Rumsfeld in 2002, Obtained by National Security Archive through Freedom of Information Act
The US Senate has decided not to debate a resolution criticising President George W Bush's troop surge in Iraq.
The roster of speakers for the UFPJ demonstration in Washington D.C. on January 27 speaks volumes. The key was not so much who was included but who was not.
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Jon Stewart went to town last night on the Iraq War Resolution debate, noting all the ridiculous historical & cultural analogies and the contradictory message coming from within the GOP ranks.
During the 14 months he ran Iraq, Paul Bremer committed 2 enormous follies: He dissolved Iraq’s army and police, then fired all government employees who were members of Saddam’s Ba’athist Party. Iraq was left without security forces or functioning go
When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like 4 years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.
The Pentagon announced plans to maintain some 27,000 US troops in Afghanistan -- the most since it went to war there more than five years ago -- to try to crush a resurgence of the Taliban.