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7 Killed as Copter Is Downed in ‘Forgotten War’

Five Americans, a Canadian and a Briton died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, apparently shot down by a resurgent Taliban. The grim news from what some have called “the forgotten war” in Afghanistan comes amid mounting casualty reports from Iraq.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Joint Chiefs Chairman Has Trouble Counting

Gen. Peter Pace, speaking to CBS’ Harry Smith on Memorial Day, said: “When you take a look at the life of a nation and all that’s required to keep us free, we had more than 3,000 Americans murdered on 11 September, 2001. The number who have died, sacrificed themselves since that time, is approaching that number.” In actuality, 3,455 U.S. military personnel had been killed in Iraq alone at the time of Pace’s blunder.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Kevin and Pat Tillman
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Tillman and Kovic on War and Sacrifice

In honor of Memorial Day, Truthdig presents two of the most powerful pieces we’ve featured by two invaluable veteran voices—Kevin Tillman (pictured) and Ron Kovic—who remind us of the brutal human costs of war.  (Click here to read Kovic’s article.)

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


Lute
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Meet the War Czar

Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute has agreed to be President Bush’s first “war czar.” Lute will answer directly to the president, although it’s still not entirely clear how much authority he’ll have. The White House had offered the job to a number of nominees who turned it down.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


What Price Slaughter?

In New York and Jalalabad, human life is valued differently by the U.S. government.  A loved one lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack was worth about $1.8 million, according to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  The life of a 16-year-old Afghan girl is set, by tragic contrast, at $2,000.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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SF Chronicle/Christina Koci Hernandez

Truthdigger of the Week:  Mary Tillman

Truthdig honors Mary Tillman this week, on behalf of all the mothers whose children have been lost or are risking their lives at war.  Her brave search for the truth about the fate of her son and others sacrificed in the Iraq or Afghanistan war underscores the true significance of Mother’s Day.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills 21 Civilians

An Afghan official said civilian homes were bombed in an air raid led by U.S. troops in the country’s Sangin district Wednesday. Tragically, this latest reported incident is not an isolated occurrence in the battle zones of Afghanistan.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Karzai
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Furor in Afghanistan Over Civilian Deaths

Afghan President Hamid Karzai berated foreign military leaders after local police reported roughly 50 civilian deaths, including women and children, from a U.S.-led operation. He told the top brass his people’s patience was “wearing thin.” The U.S. says it is not aware of any civilian deaths, but a U.N. team investigated and found the report credible.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Cleared Detainees Stuck in Gitmo Limbo

Imagine enduring five years of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, finally winning your release and then learning you had no place to go. Eighty-two detainees have been cleared for release by the U.S., but remain at the facility, either because their home countries refuse to take them or they would face torture if repatriated. What’s worse, the U.S., Europe and other allies have all but washed their hands of the situation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Detainee
AP Photo / Mark Wilson, Pool

Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


detainee
AP Photo / Mark Wilson, Pool

Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Politics of Mourning

Why did we lower flags to half-mast for students and faculty killed in the Virginia Tech shootings but do not do the same for our fallen soldiers in the Middle East?  That’s the provocative question posed by Sgt. Jim Wilt from his Army outpost near Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Congress to Investigate Tillman Cover-Up

From documents already released, it has become clear that the Army acted inappropriately following the death of Pat Tillman, destroying evidence, instituting an “information lockdown” and possibly even discussing a PR strategy. Congress will now investigate the matter, with the aid of uncensored documents and testimony from the Tillman family.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


John Sheehan
wikipedia.org

Why I Declined to Serve

John J. Sheehan, the retired Marine Corps general who declined the White House’s invitation to serve as “war czar,” explains his decision and warns that the administration’s strategic “shortcomings” will not benefit from the creation of such a position.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Civilian Death Toll Climbs

Human Rights Watch issued the sobering news Monday that 2006 was the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.  Almost 700 deaths are linked to insurgent groups—and of that number about two-thirds resulted from suicide bombings—while 230 more have been chalked up to NATO-led troops.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Six NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

With all the recent, and widespread, bloodshed in Iraq, the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan can at times be overshadowed.  According to the BBC, the Taliban may be behind the deaths of six NATO soldiers in south Afghanistan this weekend.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


Leaked Tillman Memo Warns of Bush Embarrassment

A memo addressed to Gen. John Abizaid revealed that Pat Tillman’s death probably involved “friendly fire” and warned that the president could embarrass himself by claiming other circumstances. The document, dated seven days after Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, implicates higher-ranking officers than those cited by a military investigation into a possible cover-up.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Pentagon Cowers Behind Wordplay

The military covered its ass on Monday, with a report on the investigation into the exploitation of Pat Tillman that stank of non-denial denials. After three years of lies and obfuscation, the Tillman family deserves better.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Report on Tillman Fratricide Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The Tillman family and members of Congress expressed disappointment at the story presented by the Pentagon on Monday during a briefing regarding the investigations into the death of Pat Tillman and the subsequent military cover-up. Read details of the report here.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Tillman Briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. Here is the family’s response, in its entirety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Military Minces Words in Tillman Report

The military has concluded that the fratricide of Pat Tillman was not criminal and there was no broad cover-up, despite recommending action against officers who, as the AP reports, “passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Tillman
news.bbc.co.uk

Nine Officers Blamed in Tillman Cover-Up

The findings of an investigation into the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death won’t be officially released until Monday, but details are leaking out. According to Defense Department officials, the report will recommend holding nine officers, including up to four generals, accountable.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Conflict in Pakistan

An outbreak of violence in Pakistan has killed more than 50 people since Monday, according to the BCC.  Militants connected to the Afghan Taliban in the country’s northwest region have been battling tribesmen.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Forgotten War

The war in Iraq continues to divert attention from the mess in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban challenges a half-hearted American effort with increasing boldness.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


China to U.S.: You Should Talk

The State Department recently released its regular report of human rights abuses around the world and, as expected, listed China as one of the worst offenders. But Beijing fired back with its own report and a long list U.S. violations, including everything from disregard for civilian casualties to treating racial minorities as an underclass.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Support the Truth

Jon Stewart goes looking for just who steps forward to take responsibility in this administration when things go wrong, as they often do in connection with the war in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Civilian Casualties Claimed in Afghanistan Bombing

An American air raid on Monday is said to have killed nine civilians in Afghanistan, a day after gunfire in the country’s Nangarhar region caused more than 10 civilian deaths. 

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Highway Battle Kills 16 Civilians

An American convoy suffered a militant ambush on a crowded Afghan highway Sunday, after which U.S. forces opened fire. Up to 16 civilians were killed and as many as 34 wounded in the chaos that followed. The U.S. military says it is possible that militants were responsible for the deaths, but one witness said U.S. soldiers fired on his car after he had pulled over to let them through.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


hicks
fairgofordavid.org

Australian Held at Gitmo Will Be Tried in U.S. Court

An Australian imprisoned at Guatanamo Bay for the last five years will be the first Gitmo prisoner to be tried under a new U.S. law authorizing special military trials of alleged enemy combatants.  An initial hearing will be held within the month for 31-year-old David Hicks, accused of helping the Taliban combat American troops in Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Last Throes of Cheney’s Credibility

While Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the Democrats for failing to end the Iraq fiasco (after a whopping two months), the vice president, one of the war’s chief architects, spent the week doing away with the last shred of a possibility that he either knows what he’s talking about or is telling the truth.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


medical workers
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Cheney Dodges Bomb Attack

A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a failed attempt to blow up Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed between nine and 14 people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: The Price of Distraction

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Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Watada
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Watada Court-Martial Declared a Mistrial

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada has been ruled a mistrial because of a dispute over a pretrial agreement. Watada’s attorney, Eric Seitz, called the ruling a “significantly positive event,” and said he hoped it would put an end to the case.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


capital building
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President Wants More Money for the War

The president will ask Congress to approve $245 billion in additional funds for “military and diplomatic operations” in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next two years when he submits his budget on Monday. We’re guessing not much of that would actually be spent on diplomacy.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi
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Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Soldiers in Afghanistan
wikipedia.org

Administration Lengthens Tours of Duty in Afghanistan

The Bush administration has pledged $10.6 billion in aid to Afghanistan and said it will maintain troop levels there. But because soldiers are in short supply these days, the commitment will have to be met by troops already deployed, 3,200 of whom will have their tours extended by four months.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Reforming Pakistan’s ‘Dens of Terror’

Pakistan’s “madrassas” have been described as “jihad universities” because of their ties to the Taliban and Islamic extremists, but a small-scale indigenous effort to reform the religious schools could be making more progress than the combined forces of the American, British and Pakistani governments.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Military Spending Boggles the Mind

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan. That’s up from $8 billion a month last year, and $4.4 billion back in 2003. Either America was getting twice as much war for half the price four years ago, or someone is inflating his budget.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Man Who Helped Bin Laden Escape

Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a recent interview with Pakistani television that his forces led Osama Bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to a “safe place” in late 2001, after U.S. troops had surrounded the area.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Military Sacrifices Soldiers for Escalation

The Pentagon will no longer limit the time a soldier can spend fighting on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military can now cycle the same troops indefinitely in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, where soldiers previously could not serve more than 24 cumulative months.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An Unhappy Anniversary for Guantanamo

When the first captives were flown from Afghanistan to Guantanamo five years ago, no one knew the military base would eventually be transformed into a symbol of American tyranny and shame.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bush’s Bruised Ego

If the president orders a “surge” of U.S. troops into Iraq, he will force a confrontation with a Congress no longer enamored with his once-vaunted political instincts.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Abizaid and Casey
theonion.com

Bush Pushing Out U.S. Generals in Iraq

According to ABC News, the president intends to replace Gen. Bob Casey, who currently oversees the Iraq war, with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, and when Gen. John Abizaid retires in March, Bush will ask Adm. William Fallon to take over Central Command. Leave it to Bush to find someone from the Navy to oversee two ground wars.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Iran’s Afghan Strategy

Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Military Wants Even More Money

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig’s One Year Anniversary

Truthdig turned one year old last Wednesday, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So thanks!  In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back on 12 of the most popular stories of the last 12 months.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Shrouded women

Women in Afghanistan

With the resurgence of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan are once again rated by the United Nations as being “among the worst-off in the world.” Learn more about their plight in the companion piece to Christian Parenti’s larger article,  “Afghan Autopsy.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Shrouded women

Under the Shroud: Women and the Taliban

The Feminist Majority’s Lorraine Sheinberg created the 1999 documentary that first focused attention on the Taliban’s brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan. It’s worth another look now.

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Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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