War

Navy ready to put women on subs

Navy ready to put women on subs

The first U.S. women allowed to serve aboard submarines will be reporting for duty by 2012, the Navy said Thursday as the military ordered an end to one of its few remaining gender barriers. The cramped quarters and scant privacy aboard submarines, combined with long tours of up to 90 days at sea, kept them […]

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer showdown with insurgents, according to a Taliban commander with close ties to senior insurgent leaders. NATO and Afghan forces are stepping up operations to push Taliban fighters out of the city, which was the […]

Gates warned White House about lack of Iran plan

Gates warned White House about lack of Iran plan

A memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the White House warned that the United States lacks a nimble long-term plan for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, according to a published report. Gates wrote the three-page memo in January and it set off efforts in the Pentagon, White House and intelligence agencies to come up […]

Gates defends killing of civilians

Gates defends killing of civilians

A video showing U.S. Apache helicopters killing 12 people, including two Reuters news staff, is painful to watch but an investigation into the attack was very thorough, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday. “It’s unfortunate. It’s clearly not helpful. But by the same token, I think — think it should not have any lasting […]

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

The American government is paying millions of dollars for training and equipment as bribes to buy support for nations for the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. The funds, spent without Congressional approval or oversight, comes from a $350 million Pentagon “slush fund” used to “improve the counter terrorism operations of U.S. allies,” the Associated Press […]

A war by any other name

A war by any other name

First rule of marketing: When the brand is tarnished, change the name. So the Iraq war is getting a new name. Effective Sept. 1, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” becomes “Operation New Dawn.” ABC News first reported the name change on Thursday, quoting a Feb. 17 memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying the “requested operation name […]

A serious test for Obama’s Afghan war plan

Even more than the combat under way in strategic Helmand province, what comes after this first major battle of President Barack Obama‘s Afghanistan surge will test his strategy to blunt the Taliban and begin to withdraw U.S. forces next year.

There are questions about whether meaningful numbers of Taliban fighters can be scared off by U.S. firepower or bought off in a future amnesty outreach. U.S. Marines are meeting stubborn resistance and slower going than some expected in the early days of the offensive around the rich farming district of Marjah, although it is too soon to say whether the Taliban intend to mount a prolonged battle.

Obama approved secret military operations in Yemen

President Barack Obama approved secret joint U.S. military and intelligence operations with Yemeni troops that began six weeks ago and killed six regional al Qaeda leaders, The Washington Post reported.

Obama approved a December 24 strike against a compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was believed to be meeting with regional al Qaeda leaders, the newspaper said in its Wednesday editions.

He was not the target and was not killed but since has been added to a short list of U.S. citizens to be killed or captured by the U.S. military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command, military officials told the Post.

Marines pulling out of Iraq

The U.S. Marine Corps is leaving Iraq.

The U.S. military says the Marines will formally handover control on Saturday of Iraq’s western desert to the Army during a ceremony at Camp Ramadi, about 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

The handover marks the end of the Marine mission in an area once considered a main battleground of the insurgency.

The Army’s 1st Armored Division is now responsible for both Baghdad and the vast desert province of Anbar.

The departure of the Marines marks the beginning of an accelerated American drawdown in Iraq.

President Barack Obama has ordered all but 50,000 troops out of the country by Aug. 31, 2010, with most to leave after the March 7 parliamentary election.