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How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Memorial Day

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

Mega Memorial Day Sale

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Memorial Day

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Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Dick Cheney Broke U.S. Military, Now Blames Obama for Cuts

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has lambasted the Obama administration for its announcement that it will cut 8 percent out of the military budget and reduce standing army troop levels to their lowest since before World War II.

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Welcome Home

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘America’s War in Iraq Will Be Over’ by Year-End

“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Obama declared Friday, helpfully noting that this withdrawal plan makes good on one of his campaign promises. No doubt what he said strikes fear in the hearts of Republican presidential hopefuls and their supporting casts.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE

AP Photo

Obama Sending U.S. Troops to Uganda

President Obama announced Friday that he has ordered a “small number” of combat-ready U.S. soldiers—somewhere around 100, the BBC says—to help local forces in Uganda fight the Lord’s Resistance Army and its internationally wanted leader, Joseph Kony. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Bradley A. Lail

U.S. Troops Begin Departure From Iraq

The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq is on track, said Pentagon officials Wednesday, though the Obama administration has yet to decide just how many troops will stay beyond the Dec. 31 departure deadline. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE

Trapped in Afghanistan

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

Bad News for a Country Tired of War

Barack Obama’s plan for a limited withdrawal from Afghanistan means tens of thousands of American troops will remain there, many of them fighting, for several years to come.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE

Memorial Day 2011

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Mukhtar Khan

India to Cut Troops in Kashmir

In an attempt to rebuild relations with restive Kashmir, one of the world’s most militarized regions, the Indian government has declared that it will cut its troop levels there by 25 percent over the next 12 months.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Bracken

Afghan Police Force on Shaky Ground

New statistics show that the Afghan police force, upon whose shoulders eventual U.S. and British military withdrawal is based, is experiencing an unsustainable rate of attrition that sees one in five recruits bailing every year.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE

Pentagon / mindfrieze

Pentagon Braces for Latest WikiLeaks Release

The Pentagon is once again articulating its oft-cited trope that release of classified documents on the WikiLeaks website could endanger U.S. and allied troops and Iraqi civilians as the whistle-blower site prepares to publish even more classified files on the Iraq War.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

Maliki: Iraq Is Now ‘Independent’

Iraq is now “sovereign and independent,” according to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made this optimistic pronouncement on Tuesday, the official end day of the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from his war-ravaged country.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE

‘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.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. troops in Iraq
AP / Sgt. Armando Monroig, U.S. Army

U.S. Would Resume Iraq Combat Role if Necessary

The U.S. military is moving to trim its troop count in Iraq to 50,000 by Sept. 1, at which point the remaining personnel will assume an “advise-train-assist” role. But the American commander there says that if Iraqi security forces fall down on the job, U.S. troops could be thrust back into a combat role.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE

Petraeus Demurs on Afghan Pullout

President Obama may have marked 2011 on his calendar to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but his commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, isn’t so sure. Withdrawal, Petraeus said in an interview with NBC, must be “conditions-based.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE

Afghan mourners
AP / Rahmat Gul

Afghan Civilian Deaths Up in 2010

Afghanistan’s human rights commission announced Sunday that civilian deaths so far in 2010 had risen by 6 percent, a fact construed as negative unless you’re The Associated Press, which seems to think “the modest increase suggested that U.S. and NATO efforts to hold down civilian casualties were having some success.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Lawrence Jackson

Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Hit High Mark

With 66 deaths so far in July, the month will go down as the deadliest yet for U.S. troops in the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan. The July toll brings the 2010 total so far to at least 265 American military personnel killed.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE

AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Petraeus Gets Tactical About Afghanistan

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus succeeded in convincing the Senate Armed Services Committee that he’s fit to take over for Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, and he hinted that strategic shifts may be on the way ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Spc. De'Yonte Mosley

Troops React to McChrystal Article

Global Post’s Ben Gilbert reports that the Rolling Stone story “was the subject of gossip, concern, disbelief, surprise and shock from enlisted men and officers deployed in Kandahar Province.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Sgt. David Alvarado

Fewer Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

Even in the face of increased military deployment and the fact that 2010 is on course to be one of the deadliest years for foreign troops in Afghanistan, the number of civilians killed there by U.S. and NATO forces has reportedly decreased due to stricter rules of engagement.

Posted on Jun 19, 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

U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Gina K. Wollman

Don’t Ask, Don’t Count: Pentagon Underreports Discharges

Servicemembers United, having just won a Freedom of Information Act request, says the military has not been counting National Guard or Reserve veterans who were discharged under the military’s anti-gay policy.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE

Their Own Private Gaga

Shirtless gyrations? Check. All-male soldier crew in sweaty Afghanistan? Check. Fingers tracing other men’s sternums? Check. Looks like a normal day for our troops in Afghanistan in this fascinating remake of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video opera.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / by Troy Page; adapted by Mr. Wright

Obama Visits Afghanistan (Update: Video)

President Obama arrived in Kabul on Sunday on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he is expected to address U.S. troops as well as put pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to step up the fight against corruption and drug trafficking.

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE

Dutch F16
Flickr / Randy83

Dutch to Leave Afghanistan

One day after the Dutch Cabinet collapsed, the country’s prime minister has announced that he expects the Netherlands to pull out all its troops from Afghanistan in August.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / teunvoten

Ciudad Juarez Protests as President Calderon Visits

Scuffles between police and protesters erupted in Ciudad Juarez, the border town in Mexico that has been the scene of hundreds of drug-related murders, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed new crime initiatives to a skeptical public.

Posted on Feb 12, 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

Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Weighs a Draft

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

10 More Years?

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has some sobering news for supporters of the U.S.-led intervention in his country: Even after eight years of war, it could be another decade before the Afghan military is able to take over security duties from the coalition, and even longer to wean it from its dependence on foreign aid.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Sending More Troops to Yemen

The Pentagon is planning to ramp up the number of U.S. special forces troops in Yemen, pointing to the botched Christmas Day attack on Northwest flight 253 as part of the impetus for the increase. It’s not clear yet how many more American troops will be sent over, but the boost will be significant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jae C. Hong

More Troops, More Shaking for Haiti

The U.S. has deployed an additional 4,000 troops to Haiti as aftershocks rocked the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. The American troop count will reach 16,000 by the weekend as relief efforts hit full stride in the earthquake-ravaged country.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / laura padgett

GOP Fails in Bid to Filibuster Military Spending Bill in Senate

If it wasn’t crystal clear before that Senate Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure their Democratic rivals don’t pass a health care reform bill by Christmas, or anytime, it should be now. On Friday, GOP senators attempted, unsuccessfully, to filibuster a huge military spending bill that needed to be passed before midnight ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE

Forward March

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE    

U.S. Army / Spc. David J. Marshall

We ‘Support’ the Troops by Burdening Them More

By escalating an unnecessary conflict, President Barack Obama runs the risk of damaging many more Americans through PTSD and other human consequences of warfare. We are heaping upon members of the military more responsibility, more work, more war, more physical and psychological trauma.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Makes It Official: 30,000 More U.S. Troops to Head to Afghanistan

He took his time to mull it over, and in a speech at West Point on Tuesday night President Barack Obama announced his decision about what course of action to take in Afghanistan, affirming reports that he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to push back on the resurgent Taliban and to try to establish some semblance of stability in the war-scarred country.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

The Audacity of Obama’s Hopeful Exit Strategy

Thanks to high-level leaks, we now know semiofficially that President Obama plans to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, that he will announce a time frame for withdrawal and that his exit strategy (as well as Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s) depends on the expansion of the dysfunctional Afghanistan National Army. (continued) Update

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE

Obama at Arlington Cemetery
Original photo cropped: White House Photo / Pete Souza

Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Say It Isn’t So’

On the eve of President Obama’s speech at West Point, one of his more media-savvy supporters, filmmaker Michael Moore, sent out a pre-emptive missive to the would-be “new war president,” predicting the fallout that Obama will face if he follows through with his reported plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marie Brown

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Perhaps inspired by reports that President Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Gordon Brown said Monday that Great Britain would deploy an additional 500 soldiers to the region. (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Report: Obama to Expand Afghan War by 50 Percent

President Obama won’t unveil his plans for Afghanistan until next week, but military officials tell the AP he intends to escalate the war by sending up to 35,000 additional troops. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the plan would include an exit strategy, but that’s little consolation for the doves who got Obama elected. (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE

Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE

Modified from an archival White House photo by David Morse

The Demilitarization of the White House

Barack Obama has made a welcome change to the presidency, dropping the praetorian guard that used to flank his predecessor at every opportunity.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE

Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE

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