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October 14, 2007 | Dirk Laabs and Sebastian Rotella, Special to The Times
ulm, germany -- As Al Qaeda regains strength in the badlands of the Pakistani-Afghan border, an increasing number of militants from mainland Europe are traveling to Pakistan to train and to plot attacks on the West, European and U.S. anti-terrorism officials say. The emerging route, illuminated by alleged bomb plots dismantled in Germany and Denmark last month, represents a new and dangerous reconfiguration.
October 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Absorbing the lessons of a troubled war, U.S. military officials have begun an intense debate over proposals for a sweeping reorganization of the Army to address shortcomings that have plagued the force in Iraq and to abandon some war-fighting principles that have prevailed since the Cold War. On one side of the widening debate are officers who want many Army units to become specialized, so that entire units or even divisions are dedicated to training foreign militaries.
September 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A drill instructor whose motto was "pain retains" kicked, hit and cursed recruits and forced an injured recruit to perform strenuous exercises that made his injury worse, a Marine prosecutor alleged Monday at the instructor's court-martial. Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa made a recruit with a fractured ankle repeatedly stomp his foot and taunted him with, "Does it hurt? Good. I don't care. Stomp your feet," the prosecutor told the jury at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
September 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fourth drill instructor has been criminally charged in the alleged abuse of recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here, officials said Friday. Iraq veteran Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa, 25, is facing court-martial on charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, violating an order and making false statements. The trial, set to begin Monday, is listed as a special court-martial, meaning that he faces a maximum of one year in the brig.
August 6, 2007 | Tony Perry and Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. military is embarking on a new effort in Africa to help thwart the rise of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and as a first step has launched a $500-million program to train African battalions in desert warfare. And when Uncle Sam commits to a project, contracts for U.S. technology firms are not far beyond. One of the first is a $300,000 deal with Sentek Consulting of San Diego to work with African governments on building an information-sharing system to connect far-flung nations.
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Military officials announced they were suspending training at an aerial bombing range where a flare dropped from a military jet may have caused a 27-square-mile wildfire. The Air Force also said it had convened an accident investigation board to investigate how the blaze began on the Warren Grove Gunnery Range. New Jersey Air National Guard officials said the fire might have been sparked by a flare dropped from an F-16 into the dry Pinelands during a training mission Tuesday.
May 3, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine general has ordered a review of training procedures after an investigation blamed the shooting death of a corporal on a failure to follow safety procedures during an exercise meant to simulate fighting in Iraq. Cpl. Seth Algrim, who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was killed Oct. 30 during a night training exercise. Sgt. Caleb P. Hohman shot Algrim twice, including once in the head, according to a military investigative report.
April 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Air Force's top general expressed frustration on Tuesday with the reassignment of troops under his command to ground jobs for which they were not trained, including guarding prisoners, driving trucks and typing. Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, said that more than 20,000 airmen had been assigned to roles outside their specialties. In a breakfast session with reporters, Moseley said he was trying to be realistic. "We live in a military that's at war.
April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
In a video shown on national television, an army instructor orders a soldier to envision himself in the Bronx facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun, prompting a Defense Ministry investigation of training tactics in Germany's conscript army. The New York borough president demanded an apology from the German military.
January 14, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
On a sandy promontory overlooking the desert that stretches to Syria and Jordan in western Iraq, U.S. Army officers and Iraqi police officials were discussing the future. The Americans' concept of the future involved the Iraqis taking responsibility for catching insurgent smugglers and bomb-makers along the two freeways that stretch from the border region to Baghdad. The future starts now, Capt. Ian Lauer told Iraqi police Col.
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