Top Leaderboard, Site wide
July 26, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates


Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Tags

Tag: Soldier


Garry Wilmore (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Defends Deal With Taliban to Free U.S. Soldier

President Obama on Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his “sacred” trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


GI Load

Share
Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore

If Santorum Were President

In a marvelous display of self-contradiction at the Republican debate Thursday night, Rick Santorum argued against both sex in the military and any “social policy” that determines how sex is treated in the military. (more)

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE


Dad, I’m Gay

A 21-year-old U.S. soldier stationed in Germany called his dad Tuesday morning to tell him that he is gay, and he filmed the entire exchange.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

U.S. Soldier Admits to Planning Attack on Fort Hood

A U.S. soldier who has been absent without leave since early July was arrested Wednesday in a motel room hear Fort Hood in Texas where FBI officials announced Thursday that he had been found with guns and bomb-making materials. The AWOL soldier admitted to planning an attack on the base, an Army alert said Thursday.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP

In the Presence of My Enemy: A Reflection on War and Forgiveness

As this, the 43rd anniversary of my wounding in Vietnam approaches, and I once again try to find meaning in that day and the days which were to follow, my thoughts return to the northern bank of the Cua Viet River on Jan. 20, 1968. It is a day that will change my life forever.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



designboom.com

Brooklyn Artist Tallies Troop Suicides

In this case, the writing is actually on the wall: Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz turned his shock over hearing that the number of U.S. troops who committed suicide in 2009 doubled the toll ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bombing
bbc.co.uk

Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 59 at Baghdad Army Center

A suicide bomber struck an army recruitment center in a busy part of central Baghdad early Tuesday morning, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 100, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


Wikileaks video
youtube.com

Soldier Facing Criminal Charges for Leaking to WikiLeaks (Update)

He’s been hailed as a hero for allegedly publicizing classified video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed 12 civilians in Iraq, but now Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is catching heat from the military for the WikiLeaks exposé.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


Seven American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Monday was the deadliest day so far in 2010 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, five American soldiers died in a bombing in the east and two in the country’s southern region.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / AndYaDontStop

Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


fallen soldier Shea

Mother Battles to Be Buried With Fallen Soldier Son

In November of 2008, U.S. Army soldier Corey Shea was killed while serving in Mosul, Iraq, shortly before he was due to return home to his mother, Denise Anderson, in Massachusetts. Now, Anderson is fighting for the right to be buried with her son in a veterans’ cemetery when she dies ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Pelosi Sees Little Support for Troop Deployments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thrown a high-level wrench into President Obama’s plans to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress for new deployments, an observation that comes at a time of rising casualties and strife in Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Nasrallah

Did Hezbollah Win?

Link TV’s Mosaic Intelligence Report is back with an in-depth look at the recent prisoner swap between Lebanon and Israel, comparing and contrasting how the leaders and people of both nations viewed the exchange and investigating what it might mean for Hezbollah and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in particular.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008 READ MORE


Elah
thecia.com.au

Pentagon Looking to Help Shape War Films

The recent spate of war movies about Iraq and Afghanistan has proved to be a hard sell with American audiences—even more so with the U.S. military. Now, the Pentagon is combating a certain lack of nuance, as military officials see it, in flicks like “Redacted” and “In the Valley of Elah” by offering script consultation services to Hollywood types looking to make movies about the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


Mary Tillman

Mary Tillman on ‘Today’: ‘Pat’s Death Was a Lie to the Country’

Mary Tillman made a sharp and moving appearance Tuesday morning on the “Today” show to talk about her new book, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman,” about the friendly-fire death of her son, Pat, and the U.S. military’s subsequent cover-up in 2004.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Soldier Accidentally Dials Mother During Battle

Here’s a sobering moment that could happen only with the aid of today’s technology: Sandie and Jeff Petee of Otis, Ore., were recently given a scary dose of reality in the form of a brief message on their answering machine when Sandie’s soldier son, Stephen Phillips, accidentally dialed their number during a battle in Afghanistan.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


wounded boy
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Iraq Death Toll Spikes in April

April was the cruelest month in seven months in terms of the numbers of both civilians and U.S. troops who lost their lives in Iraq. A spate of deadly bombings on Wednesday killed four U.S. soldiers, bringing the monthlong total of American dead to 50, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s crackdown on Shiite followers of Moqtada al-Sadr made for more intense violence, particularly in Basra and Sadr City, which contributed to a reported 969 Iraqi civilian deaths.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Prince Harry
time.com

Prince Harry on the Front Line

A critique often leveled at those who wage wars is that they don’t belong to the class of citizens whose children go to fight them. Not so in the case of England’s royals, as 23-year-old Prince Harry has been fighting (albeit by choice) on the front line in Afghanistan, giving him the chance, he says, to be “a normal person for once.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


vet in physical therapy
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Bush Visits Wounded Vets

It’s really hard to look at these photos of President Bush meeting with severely wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio without just saying “wow” over and over.  We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


female soldier
vcorps.army.mil

Female Troops Speak Out About Sexual Assault

In addition to the inherent hardships and risks that come with serving in the military, many female soldiers are dealing with the potential trauma of sexual assault and rape, according to a PBS investigation for its “NOW” TV series.

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Bridge Blast Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

A group of U.S. troops were posted at a checkpoint on a bridge near Baghdad Sunday when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb from below, killing three American soldiers and wounding six others.  The BBC reports that this latest attack brings the death toll of U.S. troops to at least 28 already this month.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Worst in a Year

Already this month, 96 U.S. troops have been killed—the most in one month since October 2005.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Attacks Kill 10 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Today was one of the deadliest days this year for American forces in Iraq, where on average three soldiers are killed every day. So much for the administration’s claims that the presence of the U.S. military is bringing stability to the region.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Losses in Iraq Hit New Milestone

The military may be honing a new strategy, but meanwhile, 13 U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad since Monday, the highest three-day toll since the war’s start. The number of planted bombs is “at an all-time high,” says a military spokesman.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Bernard Fall book
From Amazon.com

The Unquiet Frenchman

The life of political scientist Bernard Fall, the first soldier-scholar to predict an inglorious end for America in Vietnam, is remembered in a new biography by his widow. She speaks with Truthdig guest interviewer Sarah Stillman about the government’s lies—in Vietnam then, and in Iraq now.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


Soldier's Cross
flickr/nukeit1

Officer Recommends Death Penalty for Accused Soldiers

An Army officer has recommended the execution of four soldiers, should they be found guilty of murder.  The soldiers are accused of improperly shooting three Iraqi detainees during a raid.  No U.S. soldier has been executed since 1961.

Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


Israeli Reservists Demand Olmert?s Resignation

The reserve soldiers are calling for their prime minister to step down because, they said, there was “no leadership” and they were inadequately trained for their mission in Lebanon.
What effect will this call have on Olmert’s standing? Well, it seems to depend on whether or not he’s “The Decider,” and whether he’s the one who decides what’s best.

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Rape-Murder Hearing Reveals Horrifying Details

The specifics of this case are made more sickening by the fact that they did not occur in a vacuum. Several cases of U.S. forces killing unarmed Iraqi civilians are pending in military courts, and they have badly mangled America’s already bad image in the region.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq to America: We Need Security—Against Your Soldiers

Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, reports Reuters. Iraq’s human rights minister says the lack of enforcement of U.S. military law has led to crimes like the rape-murder allegedly committed by five U.S. soldiers.

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


Stars and Stripes reader
From amvets.org

Bush Has No Answers for Soldiers on Redeployment Questions

President Bush, answering questions posed by U.S. servicemen in the military publication Stars and Stripes, said that he basically had no idea how many times servicemen could expect to be redeployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and admitted that he has yet to go to even one funeral for a soldier killed in either of those theaters.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Ramadi
Joao Silva / The N.Y. Times

Destroying an Iraqi City to Save It

The city of Ramadi, epicenter of the Iraqi insurgency, has already been reduced to such ruins that constantly under-fire American forces are planning to bulldoze three blocks in the center of the city and create a mini Green Zone in an attempt to gain the upper hand on the insurgents.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-G.I. Charged in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq

The 21-year-old former Army private first class was recently discharged because of a “personality disorder.” Four other members of his former platoon are also implicated in the killing of the Iraqis and are being held at a U.S. base in Iraq.

Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Troops Accused of Killing Iraq Family

The accused soldiers belong to the same platoon that recently saw two of its members abducted, tortured and beheaded by Iraqi. It is unclear whether there is any connection between the killings.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. occupying forces
Nir Rosen

Ugly Americans in Iraq

Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen presents an oral history of a U.S Army Special Forces soldier who describes how he and his unit created more insurgents than they killed in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


The face of the occupation

The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Death Toll Hits 50,000

The number is 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. The L.A. Times used stats from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies. In the same time, at least 2,520 U.S. troops have been killed.

Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker,

Two Kidnapped U.S. Soldiers Tortured, Killed

The new leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al Muhajer, claimed responsibility for the killings, dealing a setback to U.S. efforts to seize momentum against Al Qaeda in the wake of killing Muhajer’s predecessor, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Meanwhile, violence continued unabated in Iraq, with at least 18 people killed in attacks nationwide.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


Italians Seek Indictment of American Soldier

Italian prosecutors want U.S. Marine Mario Lozano to stand trial for the death of Nicola Calipari, a 51-year-old Italian intelligence agent who was killed at a U.S. roadblock in Iraq. Calipari was escorting an Italian journalist who had been released by kidnappers. A report published by Italy last year conflicts with the U.S. version of events and, according to the BBC, cited “the troops’ stress and inexperience.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Hope, Hope, Hoping Along in Iraq

Is it possible our continued presence in Iraq will make things better? Sure. Hope away. Because all the evidence points in the opposite direction.

Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Leader Accuses U.S. of ‘Daily’ Attacks Against Civilians

The Iraqi prime minister issued the sharply worded criticism in the wake of rising outrage over the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Kabul Riot
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


Witnesses: Marines Killed 24 Iraqi Civilians

The N.Y. Times pieces together an atrocity that some in Congress fear could do greater harm to America’s image abroad than the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


Dead Iraqi civilians
From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

U.S. Military: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians

The U.S. military is set to report that a small number of Marines in Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, reports the New York Times. The paper says it may be “the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq.”

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Chris Hitchens on Hardball
From crooksandliars.com

Powell’s Iraq Admission Reverberating

Colin Powell’s controversial claim (made to Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer) that he never believed Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat has renewed the debate about Powell’s culpability in the Iraq debacle. Check out Vanity Fair’s Chris Hitchens and Newsweek’s Evan Thomas discussing the issue on “Hardball” or read Jane Hamsher’s take at Firedoglake.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


View older articles:  1 2 >

View the most popular tags overall?

 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.