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American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American commander admits failures in Afghan war

American troops are focusing on fighting Taliban militants and defending vulnerable towns on Afghan soil, as it has become practically impossible to stop insurgents from slipping across Afghanistan’s vast border with Pakistan, a senior U.S. military commander said. “To secure the border in the traditional sense” would “take an inordinate amount of resources,” Army Col. […]

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 […]

American soldiers still fighting in Iraq

American soldiers still fighting in Iraq

Since President Barack Obama declared an end to combat operations in Iraq, U.S. troops have waged a gun battle with a suicide squad in Baghdad, dropped bombs on armed militants in Baquba and assisted Iraqi soldiers in a raid in Falluja. Obama’s announcement on August 31 has not meant the end of fighting for some […]

Clinton says Powell sold him on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Clinton says Powell sold him on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Former President Bill Clinton says “don’t ask, don’t tell” didn’t work out like he thought it would when Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin  Powell sold him on the idea 16 years ago. In an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Clinton said Powell convinced him the policy would be more lax and wold allow gay […]

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

Blackwater created shell companies to fool government, public

The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper said that it was unclear how many of the created companies got […]

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 — […]

Iraqis fear a future without U.S. troops

Iraqis fear a future without U.S. troops

As Vice President Joe Biden presides over the formal end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, few Iraqis are cheering the American exit. Iraqis, who for years have railed against the U.S. occupation, are generally happy to see that the American presence won’t be endless. But there is also considerable trepidation about whether Iraq can […]

American troops still in danger in Iraq

American troops still in danger in Iraq

Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas. “We’re going to be […]

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 […]

‘Hit list’ brings charges of war crimes

‘Hit list’ brings charges of war crimes

When it comes to war, killing the enemy is an accepted fact. Even amid the sensation of the WikiLeaks.org revelations, that stark reality lies at the core of new charges that some American military commando operations may have amounted to war crimes. Among the thousands of pages of classified U.S. documents released Sunday by the […]