The technical name was Perimeter, but some called it Mertvaya Ruka, Dead Hand. “The Perimeter system is very, very nice,” he says. “We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military.”
The Pentagon has told its top commander in Afghanistan to delay submitting his request for additional troops, defense officials say, amid signs that the Obama administration is rethinking its strategy for combating a resurgent Taliban.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," accord
The Department of Defense released a declassified version of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's assessment of the war in Afghanistan, which includes minor deletions of material that officials said could compromise future operations.
The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make its station there among the largest in the agency's history, U.S. officials say.
When complete, the CIA's
Researchers examined why big lies succeed where little lies fail. Governments can get away with mass deceptions, but politicians cannot get away with sexual affairs. The researchers explain why so many Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was
The White House presented Congress with eight general yardsticks to measure success in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but didn't say how they'd help the administration determine how well U.S. policy in the region is working.
NATO investigators believe that 30 civilians were killed in a controversial U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, a preliminary finding that could spark new pressure for disciplinary actions against the German and American personnel involv
The vast majority — 5,600 since January — have been freed due to a lack of evidence that would be admissible in Iraqi courts and the military's unwillingness to compromise intelligence sources by bringing them forward as witnesses. About 1,400 have b
If his spokesman Dmitry Peskov is to be believed, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his Valdai club discussions with foreign experts came out against both military action and against imposing further sanctions on Iran
Even more U.S. troops will likely be needed in Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 who will have deployed there by the end of this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did n
The nation’s top military leader told the Senate Armed Services Committee that top Pentagon officials will likely support a request that will come “very soon” for [45,000] additional troops for the war in Afghanistan.
Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring. That strike could well fail.Or it could succeed at the price of oil at $300 a barrel, a Middle East war, andAmerican servicemen
The Army Experience Center, an amusement hall built in a Philadelphia area shopping mall to make killing and dying look like fun to kids, has been the focus of repeated protests and criticism. This past weekend hundreds again protested at the AEC, an
Private security guards who worked for Blackwater repeatedly shot wildly into the streets of Baghdad without regard for civilians long before they were involved in a 2007 shooting episode that left at least 14 Iraqis dead, federal prosecutors charge
After it determined that excluding questionable ballots in Afghanistan's August presidential election would force President Hamid Karzai into a runoff, the country's Independent Election Commission voted to allow to them be counted.
A Pakistani terrorist group that's allied with al Qaida and sends jihadists to Afghanistan to fight U.S. and government troops is building a huge new base in full view of the authorities in Pakistan's most heavily populated province.
Two Katyusha rockets fired from southern Lebanon struck northern Israel Friday, near the city of Nahariya. There
The Israeli military responded by firing between 12 and 15 artillery shells toward the suspected launching site, military sources said.
While no group has claimed responsibility, Israel Radio said a group associated with Global Jihad is suspected of being behind the fire. Lebanese media reported the rockets were fired from the town of Qlaileh and that Israel directed its artillery fire toward the town
(lol After the plan) A powerful US senator warned against sending more American troops to Afghanistan, signalling growing skepticism over the war within President Barack Obama's own party.Carl Levin, the influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was the latest top Democrat in Congress to voice opposition to a fresh military build-up in Afghanistan, as the White House weighs deploying yet more troop combat troops.But his comments came as the Pentagon confirmed it intended to send more troops to Afghanistan to tackle a growing threat from improvised explosive devices.
Did Blackwater mercenaries murder Iraqis to satiate their thirst for 9/11 revenge?According to Department of Justice files, at least one did, noted Mother Jones associate editor Daniel Schulman on Tuesday morning.(09-08-09)
Often funny and always profane, the blog, Embrace the Suck, flies under the Army’s
radar. Not officially approved, it is hidden behind a
password-protected wall because the reservist does not want his
superiors censoring it.
It was an article of faith to Democrats during the latter years of the George W. Bush administration that Afghanistan was the "right war," in contrast to the "wrong war" in Iraq. Taking a vocal stand for Afghanistan enabled them to slam President Bush's unpopular Iraq policy while adopting a fashionably hawkish stand on the war on terrorism. No one likes al Qaeda, and this posture gave then-candidate Barack Obama the chance to say tough-guy things like, "We must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we have them in our sights." Because Iraq was the idee fixe of the antiwar crowd, talking about Afghanistan wasn't likely to alienate the doves so long as Iraq was roundly denounced. Anyway, they knew it was just political posturing, right?
What a difference a year makes. Conditions in Iraq have improved dramatically, and security in Afghanistan is deteriorating. An Aug.
has denied a cargo ship whose apparent disappearance sparked an
international mystery was carrying S-300 anti-aircraft missiles bound
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Tuesday dismissed a report in a British newspaper that the Arctic Sea was carrying a batch of the sophisticated Russian-made weapons when it was apparently hijacked by pirates.
"Regarding the S-300s on board the Arctic Sea, this is absolutely untrue," Lavrov said.
Russian investigators also announced they had begun inspecting the ship and so far had only found its official cargo of timber.
Sheehan will be at Martha’s Vineyard beginning August 25 a short way
from Obama’s vacation paradise of the celebrity elite but very far from
the Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq where the body bags and
cemeteries fill up each day as Obama’s wars rage on. She will remain
there from August 25 through August 29 and has issued a call for all
peace activists to join her there. For those of us close by in the New
England states and in New York City, there would seem to be a special
obligation to get to Martha’s Vineyard as soon as we can.