September 14, 2013
Re "The real right to bear arms," Opinion, Sept. 8 The point was once frequently made that the National Guard was our "well-regulated militia" and that, therefore, there was no need for citizens to keep their muskets at hand. Today, National Guard units are organized at the state level. It sounds like a contradiction in terms to say Massachusetts National Guard or California National Guard, but the state units are our well-regulated militia. This point hasn't come up in recent years, so Joseph J. Ellis' examination of the language and intent of the Constitution is refreshing.
May 6, 2009 |
Iraqi soldiers killed a Sunni Arab fighter from a U.S.-allied local militia unit Tuesday and arrested his brother, Iraqi police said. Basim Mohammed was shot during a raid in Abu Ghraib, a predominantly Sunni district on the western outskirts of Baghdad, a police source in the district said. The official, who declined to be named, did not say what charges Mohammed or his brother may have been facing.
April 25, 2010 |
After a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr vowed to dispatch militia members to defend Iraqi mosques in the wake of a series of deadly bombings, a statement from Sadr that was widely distributed Saturday made it clear that the Mahdi Army would be reactivated only if the government accepted the offer. The militia's fighters, who were involved in the bloody sectarian violence of Iraq's civil war, were demobilized in 2008 after major confrontations between Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's government and the armed group.
March 31, 2010 |
Federal officials in Michigan have arrested a ninth member of the Hutaree, the Christian anti-government militia charged with plotting to use "weapons of mass destruction" in an attack on police. The suspect, Joshua Matthew Stone of Clayton, Mich., surrendered to federal agents in nearby Hillsdale County, in the southern part of the state, Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, said Tuesday. Other members of Stone's family were already in custody -- brother David Brian Stone Jr., 19; father David Brian Stone, 45; and Tina Mae Stone, 44, David Sr.'s wife.
October 10, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Libya slipped deeper into turmoil Thursday when gunmen staged a brief but brazen abduction of the country's prime minister, storming into a luxury hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and seizing him. He was freed hours later, Libya's state-run news agency reported. The circumstances of Prime Minister Ali Zidan's release were not immediately clear. [Updated, 7:53 a.m. PDT Oct. 10: At a Cabinet meeting following his release, Zidan thanked the "real revolutionaries " who helped to free him but provided no details, according to the BBC. ]
February 27, 1985 |
China plans to strengthen its nationwide militia forces by establishing training centers in each of the nation's 2,000 counties, the official New China News Agency, quoting an unnamed military official, reported Tuesday. The militias are civilian units that receive some military training.