September 21, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - At age 70, Ahmad Saidi took up arms after the slaying of his son, a father of five who was killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up his car. A neighbor suspected in the attack was later overheard bragging about his "gift" for the Saidi family. "This is our homeland," Saidi, a textile merchant, said this week as he stood in camouflage pants amid the shrapnel-scarred interior of the Zubair Mosque, where even a stack of Korans had been shredded by bullets. "We will die defending it. " The defiant septuagenarian with the patrician crown of snow-white hair and matching beard is not a soldier with the Syrian army or a militant in a rebel brigade.
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December 16, 2009 |
On a chilly Saturday morning this month, the future soldiers of the U.S. Army huffed and puffed through push-ups, sit-ups and stretches in Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South El Monte. There was the gangly white kid with the blond buzz cut and the buffed-out Latino dude, head draped in a black bandanna. And then there was Jennifer Ren, small, slight and bespectacled, an immigrant from China who gamely kept up with the guys and sees the Army as a ticket to U.S. citizenship and a job in accounting and finance.
November 11, 2009 |
There is a profound difference between watchfulness and a witch hunt. In the aftermath of the Ft. Hood shootings, that's a crucial distinction, though nothing the authorities -- and particularly the U.S. Army brass -- have said so far has done much to help people make it. In fact, after Monday's revelations concerning the botched federal investigation into Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's repeated contacts with a notorious jihadi imam, the military's initial...
July 24, 2010 |
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal said goodbye to the Army on Friday in a poignant ceremony that paid tribute to his three decades of military service and barely mentioned his firing by President Obama for insubordination. It was McChrystal who alluded most directly to his own precipitous fall, standing at the podium and looking out at formations of soldiers and former comrades. "Service in this business is tough and often dangerous, and it extracts a price for participation, and that price can be high," McChrystal said.
January 29, 2010 |
Even though Army of Two: The 40th Day improves on its predecessor in nearly every way, this action war game won't make anyone put down Modern Warfare 2 any time soon. In the first outing, released in 2008, the great concept of playing as part of a tandem of mercenaries out to get rich by killing enemies was ruined by the lousy artificial intelligence your partner had. Any place you wanted to be, he would stand, ratcheting up the frustration levels. Add that to a forgettable story and mediocre controls and you wonder why the game was such a success and a sequel was even considered.
October 2, 2009 |
Before soldiers leave on missions in Iraq or Afghanistan, they often are ordered to do everything in their power to bring their buddies back. "Leave no man behind" is the motto. But does that military ethos apply to soldiers heading out for a rowdy weekend in the United States? That question is being raised at an unusual court-martial on this massive Army base, where a young paratrooper who struggled to bring a combative, drunk soldier back to the barracks has been accused of causing his death.
April 24, 1987 |
The Army acknowledged today that 12 Bradley Fighting Vehicles have sunk during amphibious testing, nearly double the number previously reported, but it denied a congressman's assertion that the combat personnel carrier "leaks like a sieve." As recently as last week, the Army said there had been only seven sinkings of the armored vehicles. But Army Under Secretary James R.
January 24, 1997 |
The army struck back at Hutu insurgents in northwestern Rwanda, killing as many as 350 people in a series of attacks, aid workers and residents said. The military operations were intended to flush out Hutu militants accused of slaying 50 people, including three Spanish aid workers.
June 7, 1989 |
A military court Tuesday acquitted an army major of charges that he took part in an attempt to overthrow the government of Philippine President Corazon Aquino in 1987. The five-member military tribunal said the prosecution failed to produce evidence that Maj. Horacio Lactao disregarded lawful orders from a superior officer.
September 22, 2007 |
A government-run human rights commission accused soldiers of rape and torture, and recommended that the army be removed from Mexico's nationwide drug war. Military officials declined to comment on the report by the National Human Rights Commission. President Felipe Calderon's office said it was reviewing the report.