May 20, 1989 |
About 200 Vietnam veterans set off Friday on a nine-day, cross-country trek intended to draw attention to the unknown fate of the thousands of soldiers still listed as missing in action. Participants believe that their ranks will swell as the convoy of motorcycles, cars and trucks passes through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and into Washington. Their destination is the Vietnam War Memorial in the nation's capital, where a rally is scheduled May 28 to demand that the government increase its efforts to aid MIAs who may be prisoners of war. "Our slogan is, 'Forget the war, remember the warriors,' " said James Gregory, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant who gave up an accounting job to devote time to the protest.
December 21, 2009 |
Army Spc. Kathy Tanson, who grew up on a farm in Corning in Northern California, is wrestling goats and sheep into submission so they can be vaccinated against parasites and anthrax. Spc. Jose Lopez, who worked at his uncle's irrigation company in Tulare County, is putting headlocks on cattle so they stand still for their shots, one for rabies and another one to provide a vitamin boost to help them through the brutal Afghan winter. And Col. Eric Grimm, who attended veterinary school before joining the military, is demonstrating the proper way to subdue a balky donkey without getting kicked: Grab it by the head with one hand, and lift up its tail with the other.
July 23, 1987 |
A naval convoy of three U.S. warships and two "reflagged" Kuwaiti oil tankers steamed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday and entered the war-plagued Persian Gulf without interference from Iran. As the convoy cleared its first hurdle, Iran stepped up its criticism of the U.N. Security Council for demanding a cease-fire in the almost seven-year-long war between Iran and Iraq. But the Tehran government gave no sign that it would be the first to violate the truce.
August 29, 2009 |
Gunmen engaged state police in a running shootout that killed five officers and possibly one of the attackers in the western state of Jalisco, authorities said. The state attorney general's office said a convoy of seven vehicles carrying at least 30 gunmen approached state policemen on a local highway and opened fire. Four policemen died in the initial fighting and another officer was killed when police gave chase. A body was found in one of the vehicles involved and might be that of an assailant.
December 27, 1987 |
Iraq claimed its warplanes attacked a tanker in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, and witnesses said British and French warships were escorting vessels from other nations after a surge in attacks on gulf shipping. The official Iraqi News Agency quoted a military spokesman as saying jet fighters scored an "accurate and effective hit" on a "large maritime target," which indicates a tanker. If confirmed, it would be the 27th commercial vessel attacked in the gulf in December--a record for one month.
April 4, 2014 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan police officer shot two Western journalists Friday, killing one and seriously wounding the other as they waited in a convoy of poll workers on the eve of the country's closely watched presidential election. The Associated Press said a veteran photographer, Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed instantly and that AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was wounded twice but was in stable condition. The shooting occurred in Khost, a violent province along the border with Pakistan, where the journalists were due to accompany election workers who were delivering ballots to outlying areas.
December 20, 2009 |
Reporting from Dubai — A California Army National Guard group was attacked Saturday by a "complex double-ambush" from Taliban fighters along a treacherous mountain road in eastern Afghanistan while the unit was returning from helping farmers in isolated villages, the Army reported today. The Californians' slow-moving six-vehicle convoy was attacked by two groups of Taliban firing medium machine guns and AK-47s. Most of the vehicles were hit and one was slightly disabled with a flattened tire and a bullet hole in the windshield, the Army reported.
June 18, 1987 |
Rebels ambushed a military convoy in the jungles of southern Colombia, killing at least 32 soldiers in the worst guerrilla attack against the army in 15 years, the Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday. Officials said that 25 soldiers were injured and that 10 are missing after Tuesday's attack in the Caqueta jungle region 300 miles south of Bogota.
June 11, 1989 |
A near-violent confrontation in which a Salvadoran army colonel ordered his troops to aim a loaded antitank weapon at U.S. Ambassador William G. Walker has led to the expectation by the American Embassy here that El Salvador's military leaders will send the officer out of the country--or face a damaged relationship. Walker has refused to discuss the incident. But according to various sources here and in Washington, it took place May 2 in the eastern province of Sonsonate and involved Col. Jesus Caseres, the volatile commander of the area's military garrison and a military-school classmate of the armed forces chief of staff, Col. Rene Emilio Ponce.