May 25, 2009 |
One passage plucked from the New Testament's Epistle to the Ephesians instructs believers to "put on the full armor of God." An excerpt from the Old Testament's Isaiah directs them to "open the gates that the righteous nation may enter." As American troops fought in Iraq in 2003, these biblical verses and others reportedly prefaced intelligence reports approved by then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
April 7, 2003 |
U.S. Army troops captured one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces, fired on another and blew up one of his statues as they rolled into the center of this isolated, faltering capital today, and American military intelligence said the collapse of the Iraqi leader's regime was only days away. "Saddam Hussein says he owns Baghdad," said Col. David Perkins, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. "Wrong. We own Baghdad."
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February 14, 1990 |
A motorcycle trade show scheduled for later this month at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been canceled because of police warnings that it could lead to violence similar to a brawl involving two biker clubs at last year's event, The Times has learned. Citing last year's trouble at a show in Long Beach, which left a member of the Hells Angels dead, Convention Center officials confirmed Tuesday that they have canceled the "$25,000 Invitational Bike Show" that had been planned for Feb. 23-25.
September 27, 2006 |
Declassified portions of a high-level intelligence report released Tuesday describe the war in Iraq as a major catalyst for Islamic radicalism around the world, while also citing other causes for the expanding terrorist threat.
February 16, 2010 |
What can the Obama administration do about Iran's drive to develop nuclear weapons? The president's informal year-end deadline for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear impasse with Iran has come and gone. Iran recently announced that it plans to build 10 nuclear fuel plants and has moved to enrich uranium to a higher level than necessary for peaceful purposes. As a result, the center of gravity within Washington policy circles is moving toward punitive measures against the Islamic Republic in the hope of curtailing its persistent nuclear ambitions.
December 5, 2007 |
Democratic presidential candidates teamed up during a National Public Radio debate here Tuesday to blast the Bush administration over its policy toward Iran, arguing that a new intelligence assessment proves that the administration has needlessly ratcheted up military rhetoric. While the candidates differed somewhat over the level of threat Iran poses in the Mideast, most of them sought to liken the administration's approach to Iran with its buildup to the war in Iraq.
September 15, 2004 |
Growing fears that Al Qaeda emissaries are looking to tap into well-worn smuggling routes along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border have led to a security crackdown in recent months as well as new levels of official cross-border cooperation, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials say. Officials say they have no hard evidence of an Al Qaeda presence in Mexico.
October 3, 2010 |
The Lakers were three days into a breezy eight-day swing through Europe when reality arrived. The team received news of an upcoming travel alert, issued by the U.S. State Department on Sunday morning, urging American citizens in Europe to be vigilant, especially in public places such as tourist sites and transportation hubs. The Lakers play exhibition games Monday in London against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Thursday in Spain against FC Barcelona. The travel alert was considered less serious than a travel warning and was issued in response to intelligence about a possible Al Qaeda plan to send gunmen into crowded European places to harm Western civilians, similar to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
March 18, 2003 |
Bracing for a backlash from impending war with Iraq, the Bush administration put the nation on high alert for a terrorist attack and announced that it was redoubling efforts to enhance security at home. The decision to raise the terrorism threat level from yellow to orange, the third such move in the last six months, followed several months worth of intelligence reports indicating a strong likelihood of some type of terrorist attack or retaliation if the U.S. went to war with Iraq.
September 13, 2006 |
The top American general in insurgency-ravaged western Iraq acknowledged that his troops were far from pacifying Al Anbar province but insisted that the U.S. fight there was not a lost cause. "We are not where we intended to be," Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer said in an unusual telephone news briefing from Marine headquarters in Fallouja. But, he added, "we are not in our end state yet."