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Star-Spangled Baggage

Amid the barrage of coverage of Specialist Ivan Lopez’s shooting spree at Fort Hood, evidence that has been in plain sight for years of how the violence of America’s distant wars comes back to haunt the “homeland” was missing. In that context, Lopez’s killings are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland.

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AP / May Alleruzzo

What Does ‘Combat’ Mean?

“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.” Which leads us to ask, just what is a “combat operation,” anyway?

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AP / Maya Alleruzzo

U.S. Gets a Call for Help in Iraq Attack

American soldiers reportedly were called in to help Iraqi forces repel an attack by insurgents on an army base in Baghdad, just five days after the much-ballyhooed official end of U.S. combat operations in the country.

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Fewer Bullets

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‘Rebranding’ U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq

Much fanfare was made about the so-called withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq this month, but as this Al-Jazeera report explores, we might want to read the fine print on this one.

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AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Blasts Rock Iraq, Kill 55

Only a few hours after U.S. soldiers transferred combat duties to Iraqi security forces, a series of explosions in Basra on Saturday and in Ramadi and Fallujah on Sunday lit up Iraq, killing at least 55 and wounding many others.

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Maria Lauterbach
marinecorpstimes.com

Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

There was quite a struggle in Congress this week [July 27-Aug. 2]. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office to testify in Thursday’s hearing on sexual assault in the military. Above, Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who reported being raped in 2007 and whose body was found buried in a backyard in 2008.

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Jim Lehrer

Shortchanging Veterans

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq report
Bloomberg

Iraq Panel: Situation ‘Grave and Deteriorating’

The U.S. should pull nearly all combat troops out of Iraq by 2008 and push for a broad diplomatic and political solution—or face a “slide toward chaos,” according to the long-awaited Iraq Study Group’s report.

  • A line from the report: “U.S. forces seem to be caught in a mission that has no foreseeable end.”
  • Read the entire report here

  • Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Majority of National Guard Not Combat-Ready

    The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready.  Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry, Feingold Unite in Iraq Withdrawal Call

    The two senators appealed to the Senate—and to 3 million other Americans via e-mail—to back their call to withdraw combat troops from Iraq “by a hard and fast deadline.”

  • Sens. Jack Reed and Carl Levin supported the call—unlike many Democrats and most Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


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    Jeffrey Henthorn
    From the Hartford Courant

    Mentally Ill Troops Reportedly Forced Into Combat

    Combat troops in Iraq are being kept on duty even after exhibiting signs of psychological distress. Eleven such members of the military killed themselves in Iraq in 2004-05, according to the Hartford Courant.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


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