War

U.S. combat role in Iraq set for end this month

U.S. combat role in Iraq set for end this month

President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to make good on his promise to end U.S. combat operations in Iraq by the end of August, despite a dangerous political deadlock in Baghdad and a recent surge in militant violence. Speaking to the Disabled American Veterans group in Atlanta even as he struggles with waning public support […]

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war. A NATO statement Friday said the three died in two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan the day before. The statement gave no nationalities, […]

Pakistan backed Taliban

Pakistan backed Taliban

U.S. officials in Afghanistan strongly suspected Pakistan was secretly supporting the Taliban while taking massive amounts of American aid, military reports leaked on Sunday show, raising new questions about President Barack Obama’s war strategy. The White House responded immediately with a strong condemnation of the disclosures by the organization WikiLeaks, saying it could threaten national […]

An inside look at a screwed-up war

An inside look at a screwed-up war

Shocking in scope if not in content, the leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history. The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict: U.S. spec-ops forces have targeted militants without […]

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan on Sunday, declaring “we are in this to win” despite rising casualties and growing skepticism about the nearly 9-year-old war. During a ceremony at NATO headquarters, Petraeus received two flags — one for the U.S. and the other for NATO — marking […]

Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

The U.S. has driven al-Qaida into hiding and undermined its leadership, but is struggling to oust its primary sympathizer, the Taliban, from Afghanistan, the nation’s spymaster said Sunday. CIA Director Leon Panetta’s assessment comes as President Barack Obama advances a risky new war plan that relies on 98,000 U.S. troops to prop up the Afghan […]

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 at a time when President Barack Obama’s strategy to turn back the Taliban is facing its greatest test — an ambitious campaign to win over a disgruntled population in the insurgents’ southern heartland. More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. […]

Gates to military: Curb runaway spending

Gates to military: Curb runaway spending

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the U.S. military on Saturday it must rein in spending that he called out of sync with today’s tough economic times, and said budget woes could be a factor in deciding whether to use force against Iran and others. Promising to play a hands-on role in wringing out savings, Gates […]

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of this week’s Guantanamo hearings for a 23-year-old Canadian prisoner […]

Iraq U.S. war deaths stand at 4,397

Iraq U.S. war deaths stand at 4,397

As of Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at least 4,397 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,484 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to […]