Afghanistan

Feds cover up misbehavior by American mercenaries

Feds cover up misbehavior by American mercenaries

Mercenaries behaving badly not only cause public relations problems, the boorhish behavior and mistakes can cost lives. Consider what happened on Sept. 9, 2005, when five security guards from private contractor DynCorp were supposed to be on duty protecting Afghan President Hamid Karzai but — instead — returned to their compound drunk and with a […]

Birther soldier cops a plea

Birther soldier cops a plea

An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama‘s eligibility for office pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of two charges against him. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included disobeying orders to meet with a superior and […]

What’s the damage from WikiLeaks? That’s hard to quantify

What’s the damage from WikiLeaks? That’s hard to quantify

The Pentagon said Tuesday it would be “hard to quantify” the danger posed by the WikiLeaks release of secret documents but insisted the information would be used by US adversaries. “If someone has been killed as a result, it’s very tangible and very quantifiable,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters. “But how do you […]

Air Force warns troops: ‘Beware of Facebook’

Air Force warns troops: ‘Beware of Facebook’

The Air Force is warning its troops to be careful when using Facebook and other popular networking sites because some new features could show the enemy exactly where U.S. forces are located in war zones. In a warning issued on its internal website earlier this month, the Air Force said that “careless use of these […]

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

An independent task force cautioned President Barack Obama on Friday about the high cost of the Afghanistan war and said he should consider a narrow military mission if his December review finds the current strategy is not working. The 25-member task force, led by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former national security […]

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan that is poorly monitored and often results in the hiring of Afghan warlords is profiting the Taliban and could endanger coalition troops, according to a Senate report. Military officials warn, however, that ending the practice of hiring local guards could worsen the security situation. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman […]

Obama to Koran-burning minister: ‘Call off your stunt’

Obama to Koran-burning minister: ‘Call off your stunt’

President Barack Obama implored a Florida minister to call off his Quran-burning “stunt,” saying it would jeopardize U.S. troops abroad. Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Thursday that he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida listens to “those better angels” and to the individuals and organizations pleading with him to […]

Facts on Iraq war don’t match Obama’s spin

Facts on Iraq war don’t match Obama’s spin

Despite President Barack Obama‘s declaration Tuesday of an end to the combat mission in Iraq, combat almost certainly lies ahead. And in asserting the U.S. has met its responsibilities in Iraq, the president opened the door wide to a debate about the meaning of success in the muddle that most — but not all — […]

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed to be the only remaining recordings made […]

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

U.S. support for the 9-year Afghanistan war is slipping and the death toll is climbing. As the fighting intensifies, the Pentagon and White House are hoping that political support for the war can hold at least through year’s end to give Army Gen. David Petraeus time to make headway. Progress in Afghanistan only began this […]