July 18, 2012 |
Here's an important fact you haven't heard much about in the presidential campaign: The armed forces of the United States are at war in at least four countries, and that number could increase any day. About 87,000 Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan, and some are likely to stay past 2014. We're at war in neighboring Pakistan too, mostly using unmanned drones but with a handful of people on the ground. U.S. drone and special operations forces are also waging attacks in Yemen and Somalia, operations big enough that President Obama felt compelled to acknowledge them publicly last month in a letter to Congress.
April 5, 1991 |
Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that, barring any snags, the last American troops would leave the Persian Gulf region in 2 to 2 1/2 months, which would put their final departure in middle to late June. Speaking to representatives of major wire services and newspapers, Powell said it would be more than a month before the troop level is reduced to the point that President Bush will have to decide if he wants to remove all U.S.
November 12, 2005 |
Five U.S. service members have been killed in western Iraq's Al Anbar province and the northern region of Kurdistan, military officials announced Friday. On Thursday, two American soldiers assigned to the 2nd Marine Division were shot to death near Fallouja and a Marine was killed by an improvised bomb in Karabila, a village along the Syrian border. Two military statements said all three died in combat.
September 25, 1998 |
The United States and Panama announced that they had failed to negotiate an agreement to permit American troops to remain in Panama beyond the end of the century. The Panama Canal treaties require the departure of the soldiers by Dec. 31, 1999, when control over the waterway reverts to Panama. Since 1997, the two countries had sought to agree on establishing a multinational counternarcotics center in which military personnel from the U.S. and other hemispheric countries would take part.
April 6, 2006 |
Thousands of voters turned out in Wisconsin to offer a purely symbolic but heartfelt message: Bring the troops home from Iraq. By margins overwhelming in some places and narrow in others, voters in 24 of 32 communities approved referendums Tuesday calling for the withdrawal of American troops. Joy Kenworthy, 78, of Madison doesn't mind that the nonbinding referendums have no bearing on federal policy.
March 5, 1997 |
U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen warned that American troops will leave Bosnia-Herzegovina for good in mid-1998 even if Serbs, Muslims and Croats go back to war. Some European officials have suggested that a new peace force might be needed when the current NATO-led Stabilization Force leaves Bosnia. But Cohen said the U.S. would not participate in such a force because it already has committed about $6.5 billion to peacekeeping there and has other issues to face.
September 24, 1990 |
American troops in Saudi Arabia soon may have at least one comfort of home--television. Plans are being laid to bring news, sports and entertainment shows to troops taking part in Operation Desert Shield, and the U.S. military is ironing out final details with Saudi authorities, said Lt. Col. David MacNamee of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. The programming will be an extension of the non-commercial TV already broadcast to U.S.
February 21, 1991
A rally in support of American troops in the Persian Gulf War will be held Saturday at Jose San Martin Park in Lakewood. Mayor Wayne Piercy is scheduled to speak at the 1 p.m. event, which will also be attended by the Lakewood High School ROTC color guard. Participants in the rally are being asked to bring American flags. The purpose is to demonstrate support and encouragement to families with relatives serving in Operation Desert Storm, said Louise Riffle.
February 7, 2002 |
U.S. troops are ready to take casualties to help the Philippines fight Muslim extremist guerrillas holding an American couple, Brig. Gen. Donald Wurster, head of the American forces, said in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao. As part of a training exercise, 160 U.S. Special Forces troops from a 660-strong American contingent would observe Filipinos battling Abu Saayaf guerrillas on nearby Basilan island. American troops cannot engage in combat but will be armed for self-defense.