CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2005 |
When William Dean Richardson was 8 years old, he wrote an illustrated book featuring a soldier and American flags -- showing at an early age his passion to enter the military and fight for his country. Before Sept. 11, 2001, he and his brother Greg had worked together as electricians for a year and a half. Four days after the attack, William walked into a recruitment office determined to make a difference. "He just wanted to make the world a better place," said Greg, 26.
December 22, 2003 |
The American soldier, who bears the duty of "living with and dying for a country's most fateful decisions," was named Sunday as Time magazine's Person of the Year. The choice represents the 1.4 million men and women who make up the U.S. military, which led the invasion of Iraq nine months ago and this month captured deposed leader Saddam Hussein. About 130,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq.
July 9, 2006 |
Three U.S. soldiers scouring the treacherous roads of western Iraq for remote-controlled explosive devices were killed by a massive roadside bomb that destroyed their heavily protected vehicle, military officials said Saturday. In Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi forces launched the third operation in two days targeting leaders of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr's Al Mahdi militia. And at least 10 Iraqi civilians were reported killed in political violence around the country.
May 24, 2004 |
A car bomb and rocket grenade attack killed two U.S. soldiers and injured five others as their convoy rumbled past the city of Fallouja on Sunday, the first such deadly attack since U.S. Marines ended 3 1/2 weeks of siege there late last month. To the southeast, U.S. helicopters, planes and ground troops hammered insurgents in the holy cities of Kufa and Najaf, killing more than 60 religious militia fighters and civilians, according to the U.S. military and local hospitals.
May 6, 2006 |
The Pentagon will delay the deployment of a combat brigade that had been scheduled to go to Iraq, a potential precursor to further troop reductions, Defense officials said Friday. The delay will give the military more time to assess whether the unit -- the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, based in Germany -- is needed in Iraq. The brigade was due to begin shipping equipment to Iraq next week from Schweinfurt, Germany.
April 24, 2005 |
The U.S. Army arrested six Iraqi men Saturday on suspicion of involvement in the downing of a civilian helicopter that left 11 people dead two days earlier. Acting on tips from residents, soldiers with the 1st Armored Division raided a village near Taji, northwest of Baghdad. In addition to detaining the six suspects for questioning, the soldiers also confiscated bomb-making material. The arrests were a rare bright spot for U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2003 |
When the much-anticipated Time magazine with the picture of U.S. Army soldier Fernando Borboa on the cover arrived at his parents' home, his mother cried. Her sons, Fernando and his identical twin, Cesar, had been saying they were fine, but the image on the cover told Martha Borboa otherwise. In the photo taken during a raid in Baghdad, Fernando was propped up against a wall, holding a rifle and looking up at the sky with a confused look on his face.
March 25, 1996 |
On the eve of her front-line visit to Bosnia, Hillary Rodham Clinton comforted anxious military families Sunday, declaring U.S. troops "so ready, so focused" for their dangerous peacekeeping mission. Accompanied by her daughter, Chelsea, the first lady opened an eight-day tour of Europe that promises a mix of diplomacy, politics and sightseeing. It began emotionally: At stop after stop, the first lady met with wives, husbands, children and friends of soldiers deployed in Bosnia-Herzegovina.