August 23, 2009 |
The U.S. military has agreed for the first time to provide information to the International Committee of the Red Cross about prisoners held in secret detention camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it will continue to deny the organization access to them, military officials said Saturday. The facilities are "short-term places" operated by U.S. Special Forces for newly captured suspected insurgents considered to have valuable information or to be serious threats, according to an official familiar with the subject who was not authorized to discuss it on the record.
January 16, 2009 |
Letters that were sent by the U.S. Army to relatives of soldiers killed overseas and that began with the erroneous salutation "Dear John Doe" were printed by a company based in Torrance, the government has disclosed. The Army had refused to release the name of the printing contractor because military officials consider the error their responsibility.
September 28, 2006 |
TO CRITICS of the Bush administration, the war in Afghanistan is the "good" counterinsurgency. Their calls for troop reductions or a timetable to end the "bad war" in Iraq are matched by demands for more resources and perseverance in Afghanistan. However, this preference is senseless, driven either by sentimentality or partisanship. There is no sound strategic reason to favor the Afghan war over the war in Iraq. In fact, the fates of Baghdad and Kabul are intertwined.
October 23, 2007 |
Setting up another confrontation with congressional Democrats over the war in Iraq, President Bush on Monday sent Congress a $45.9-billion emergency funding request for expenses related to U.S. military campaigns around the world. The request, which comes on top of $147.5 billion sought by the administration earlier this year, pushes the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to more than $600 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2007 |
The woman on the phone sounded young and very scared. The doctor, she said, had just scheduled her for a biopsy. A year ago, she found the lump on her left breast, and the doctor had declared it benign. But so much was different then. A year ago, her husband, a soldier, had been with her. Now he was in Iraq. To make matters worse, she said, the grandmotherly neighbor who had volunteered to accompany her to the hospital no longer could. She had just had an emergency mastectomy.
February 18, 2013 |
FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan - They fly troops into combat, drive convoys down mine-riddled roads and take part in foot patrols in the heartland of the Taliban-led insurgency. For American women serving at military bases across Afghanistan, there was nothing extraordinary about the recent Pentagon decision to lift the official ban on women in direct combat roles. "We're already here," said Army Capt. Kelly Hasselman, 28, of Broken Arrow, Okla., who commands a company of female soldiers that deployed with infantry in the southern province of Kandahar to build relations with rural Afghan women.
January 13, 2010 |
The British government announced Tuesday that it would ban an Islamic group that had sparked widespread public revulsion over its intention to demonstrate in a town known for paying tribute to soldiers slain in Afghanistan and Iraq. Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Islam4UK would be outlawed under a measure allowing the government to ban organizations deemed to advocate or glorify terrorism. He said the move was "not a course we take lightly" but was necessary to tackle violent extremism.