Afghanistan Status of Forces Talks Bogging Down on Night Raids

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 9:35 am

The Administration has been negotiating for almost a year with the Afghan government over a post-2014 presence, after combat operations are handed over to the Afghans (this could come as early as the end of 2013). This is the second major negotiation with a foreign government over a continuing military presence that the Obama Administration [...]

Obama Speaks About Drone Use in Virtual Town Hall

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 8:55 am

It’s a sad commentary on our media that the President had to answer questions yesterday about drones for the first time, and the questions didn’t come at a White House press briefing or major print interview, but in a virtual YouTube town hall with members of the public. FDL’s Kevin Gosztola covered this at The [...]

Wikileaks Revelation on Iraqi Slaughter Imperils Extension of US Troops

By: Friday September 2, 2011 11:33 am

You can read Glenn Greenwald for the discussion of how all the Wikileaks cables got released in unredacted form, and the various culpability for this from Wikileaks, the Guardian newspaper, and others. I haven’t really followed that situation closely enough. What I do know is that the biggest revelation uncovered so far – about a [...]

Civilian Casualties Rankle Afghan Leaders

By: Monday May 30, 2011 8:26 am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delivered the latest in a series of ultimatums to NATO about civilian casualties from airstrikes. The most recent errant airstrike killed 14 women and children in Helmand province and entirely missed its target of Taliban militants. Mr Karzai said his government had repeatedly asked the US to stop raids which [...]

Largest Strikes Yet Hit Tripoli as Stalemate in Libya Continues

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:25 am

Tripoli saw the heaviest NATO bombing strikes of the two-month campaign overnight, with 15 targets hit in 30 minutes. The Libyan government claimed civilian deaths as a result of one strike hitting a housing block, which NATO denied. But 2,500 NATO attacks have not fundamentally changed the dynamic in the civil war. The Libyan rebels [...]

Gadhafi Targeting Leads to Attacks on Libyan Embassies in Italy, Britain

By: Monday May 2, 2011 8:00 am

The mission to kill Osama bin Laden was perhaps the second effort to kill a prominent enemy of the United States this weekend. A NATO attack on a “command and control center” wound up killing the son of Moammar Gadhafi and three grandsons, although NATO has flatly denied this. NATO said they attacked a command [...]

Afghan Taliban Announces Spring Offensive By Email

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 4:32 pm

Put aside the wisdom of telegraphing a military offensive; doesn’t the Taliban want to return the world to an 8th-century standard of Islamic Law? Is there room in that worldview for email? While the Taliban have made public statements in the past about the commencement of the spring fighting season, this year’s announcement, like much [...]

Rolling Stone Advances Afghan “Kill Team” Story

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 6:15 am

Rolling Stone must feel cheated a little bit. They obviously spent months putting together what they thought was an exclusive article about an Army Stryker kill team in Afghanistan, complete with never-before-seen photos and even videos, and then Der Spiegel comes along and releases a story on the same kill team a week early, along [...]

Army Specialist Pleads Guilty to Murdering Afghan Civilians for Sport

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 2:11 pm

Jeremy Morlock, part of the Army Stryker “kill team” in Afghanistan, plead guilty today to killing three Afghan civilians in an Army court-martial case. Photos of Morlock and his colleagues posing with Afghan corpses were published in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week, stirring controversy about abuse, torture and defilement carried out by enlisted [...]

US Denies Wikileaks Abuses; Iraqis Yawn at Unsurprising Revelations

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 8:03 am

The US military has denied claims from Wikileaks documents that they systematically ignored and abetted the torture of Iraqi civilians by their security apparatus. The US says it did not “turn a blind eye” to torture in Iraq, in response to allegations raised in files published by whistleblower website Wikileaks. Gen George Casey, who was [...]

Levin to Pakistan: Stop Complaining About Drone Strikes

By: Sunday October 3, 2010 10:03 am

I appreciated Carl Levin’s insistence on the President adhering to the July 2011 withdrawal date in Afghanistan, but his more recent pronouncement seems absolutely moronic to me: A top senator slammed Pakistan’s government Friday, urging more action against terrorists and less complaining about American drone strikes. “They have gone after some terrorist targets inside Pakistan [...]

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