The Americans were getting close. It was early in the winter of 2004-05, and Osama bin Laden and his entourage were holed up in a mountain hideaway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Suddenly, a sentry, posted several kilometers away, spotted a p
The scale of the human disaster in the Iraq war has become clearer from statistics collected by two humanitarian groups that reveal the number of Iraqis who have fled the fighting has more than doubled since the US military build-up began in Februar
This year's U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago. Some of the recent bloodshed ap
US-led and Afghan troops struck Taliban posts inside Pakistan, which denied giving permission, as new clashes left more than 30 rebels dead and there were claims of civilian casualties. The US-led coalition received the go-ahead from Pakistan to stri
Marcelle Shriver has about 80,000 cans of Silly String and all she needs is a way to get them to Iraq. For almost a year, the New Jersey woman has been collecting Silly String to send to troops, who use it to detect trip wires connected to bombs.
As military and political leaders prepare to deliver a progress report on the conflict to Congress next month, many soldiers are increasingly disdainful of the happy talk that they say commanders on the ground and White House officials are using in t
So for months now we've been told to "just wait." Wait until September, when General Petraeus issues his report on the surge. Then we'll reevaluate. That report hasn't come out yet--it still being August and all--but the adminis
The number of detainees held by the American-led military coalition in Iraq has swelled by 50% under the troop increase ordered by President Bush, with the inmate population growing from 16,000 in February to 24,500 today. Nearly 85% of the detainees
One way to look at the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq released this week is to review what it describes as the best-case scenario. In that scenario, Iraq's security will improve modestly over the next six to 12 months, but violence acr
A US soldier is to return home from Iraq under a military proviso known as the "sole survivor" rule after losing both of his brothers in the war.
[Or imminent attack on Iran.] For the Pentagon, getting out Iraq information will now include a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week Iraq Communications Desk that will pump out data from Baghdad — serving as what could be considered a campaign war room.
U.S. forces have rebranded one of the main insurgent groups in Iraq and now use the term "concerned local nationals" to refer to a group that once claimed responsibility for killing scores of Americans. The updated vocabulary for referri
The chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff denied a newspaper report that he will urge President Bush to cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year. "The story is wrong," Marine Gen. Peter Pace said through a spokesman.
An investigating officer has recommended that a Marine Corps general drop all charges against a Marine accused of murdering civilians in Haditha, Iraq, finding again that the 2005 shootings were "tragedies" but that the Marine did not viola
Three British NATO troops were killed in a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan when US jets dropped a bomb on them during fighting with the Taliban. Two United States warplanes were called to provide support after an attack by the rebel
Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. [He'll be retiring.]
A new 'super-weapon' being supplied to British soldiers in Afghanistan employs technology based on the "thermobaric" principle which uses heat and pressure to kill people targeted across a wide air by sucking the air out of lungs
Intentionally or not, a new assessment of Iraq's political and military prospects landed just in time to bolster President Bush's case that the US should maintain its troop buildup in the country and stand by its beleaguered government.
In perhaps the most brilliant segment on “The Daily Show” I’ve ever seen, last night Jon ran through the last three decades of United States intervention in the Middle East to show how incoherent, ass-backwards and counter-productive it has been. - C
"Many things have changed since Pat decided to join the Army. And unfortunately, leadership on many levels has come into question," Marie Tillman said. "We are in need of authentic leadership on many levels, social, economic and politi
'Well, if you've learned so much from history, Mr. President, how did you ever get us involved in another quagmire?'
A top Taliban commander said Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden is alive and well, according to US-based analysts monitoring extremist publications. "All praise be to Allah, he is extremely healthy and active," the commander Mansour Dad
A Black Hawk helicopter went down Wednesday in northern Iraq, killing all 14 U.S. soldiers aboard, the military said, the deadliest crash since January 2005. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, lashed out at American criticism a day after P
Slowly but deliberately, U.S. forces are enlisting groups of armed men -- many probably former insurgents -- and paying cash, a strategy they say has dramatically reduced violence in some of Iraq's most dangerous areas in just weeks. It is a r
Fox News asked former CIA field officier Bob Baer on Tuesday whether the US is "gearing up for a military strike on Iran." Baer has written a column for Time indicating that Washington officials expect an attack within the next six months.
"The prime minister is a tool for the Americans, and people see that clearly. It will probably be the Americans who decide to change him when they realize he has failed. We don't have a democracy here, we have a foreign occupation."
Though President Bush has been telling us for months we need to listen to our military leaders about what's going on in Iraq, we now learn that General Petraeus won't actually be writing this report. The White House will...
Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer offered a commentary on the upcoming report from General Petraeus on conditions in Iraq, observing, "When I ask a question and guests start laying out conditions ... I know that we're headed down the old rab
The Government was accused of hiding the true casualty rate of troops in Afghanistan yesterday as it emerged that nearly one in two soldiers fighting on the front line had been wounded.
US troops are holding nearly 800 children and teenagers on a Baghdad base, boys who are largely illiterate and picked up for allegedly planting bombs and now the focus of a multi-million-dollar education project. Dressed in orange jumpsuits remini