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March 18, 2011 | By David Scheffer
On Thursday evening the United Nations Security Council hit the right target when it authorized a no-fly zone over Libya, as well as "all necessary measures" against loyalist forces of Moammar Kadafi. With the tide recently turning against the rebellion, the no-fly zone and airstrikes against advancing armor and troops are needed more than ever to protect millions of Libyan civilians and help deter the atrocities certain to follow any victory or further brutal attacks by Kadafi's soldiers and mercenaries.
March 8, 2011 | David Zucchino
On Saturday, Libyan rebels in jeans and sneakers danced in the streets of Bin Jawwad, celebrating a victory over government forces in the hamlet by firing thousands of rounds of precious ammunition into the air. By Monday, the unruly gunmen had retreated almost 30 miles and were fighting to hold an important oil complex as Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's aircraft scattered them with strafing runs. Any momentum rebels may have mustered from two quick battlefield successes was gone.
November 6, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
They race through mountain passes and across deserts and cities, daggers stuffed in their belts and heavily armed bodyguards at their side, exuding a sense of power that for centuries has defined Yemen's dangerous and cunning political landscape. This nation's tribal leaders, grandiose personalities with often disparate interests, are a key to stability from the sand-swept border with Saudi Arabia to the edges of the Red Sea. They are the men with the potential to break Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or allow it to flourish, depending on whispered deals, money and territorial gambits.
March 22, 2010 | By Tony Perry
At the nightly "hot wash" debriefing on the Dwight D. Eisenhower, a pilot from the Pukin' Dogs squadron was explaining how he dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Taliban target in Afghanistan -- and why. The pilot, a Naval Academy graduate with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, would face two such cross-examinations before he could get some sleep after his 12-hour mission. "It's very professional but very gloves-off," said the 34-year-old lieutenant commander, who asked that he be identified only by his call-sign, Thurman.
February 5, 2009 | ROSA BROOKS
Is it finally time to "finish the job" in Afghanistan? In October 2002, Barack Obama -- then a relatively obscure Illinois state senator -- made a speech against the Iraq war. "I don't oppose all wars," he told a Chicago crowd in words that soon became famous. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war. ... You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda." As Obama moved to the U.S.
March 13, 2003 | From the Washington Post
Wallace M. Greene Jr., a retired four-star general who was commandant of the Marine Corps during the buildup of U.S. forces for the war in Southeast Asia, died Saturday in Alexandria, Va. He was 95, and the cause of death was multiple myeloma. During a 37-year career, Greene gained a reputation as a brilliant staff officer, long-range planner and troubleshooter. He served as commandant from 1964 through 1967.
February 2, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, retaliating for rocket and mortar fire in the heaviest such exchange since the start of an unofficial truce two weeks ago. Six explosions shook the town of Rafah along the Gaza-Egypt border where Hamas operates tunnels that have been used to smuggle in weapons, residents said. Another airstrike hit a vacated security compound in central Gaza.
September 25, 2003 | From Reuters
Iraq's former information minister said in remarks broadcast Wednesday that U.S. airstrikes once came within hundreds of yards of hitting Saddam Hussein during the war that toppled the Iraqi leader. "There was once when they were within a block, 400 to 500 meters," former Information Minister Mohammed Said Sahaf told Abu Dhabi TV. "We were together in a meeting and we could hear the bombing. It was Sahaf was speaking to Abu Dhabi TV in a weekly interview about the war.
May 19, 2007 | From Reuters
Israel struck Hamas targets Friday in the Gaza Strip and threatened further action to stop rocket attacks, and clashes continued between Palestinian factions. At least eight deaths were reported. A Palestinian hospital official said at least one man was killed and others were wounded when Israeli helicopters fired on them after they launched a rocket into Israel. The military said it attacked a rocket crew in northern Gaza and that 10 missiles had struck Israel.
October 13, 2001
At the Pentagon, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said airstrikes in Afghanistan were not planned during the day Friday because of weekly prayers. British Undersecretary of Defense Lewis Moonie suggested that the slowdown could last several days because of a Muslim festival commemorating the journey of the prophet Muhammad to heaven. Celebrations vary among countries, with some marking the holiday Friday or today and others not until Monday.
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