Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Friday, June 20, 2014
Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In a landmark decision that overturns a 1994 ruling, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women in combat. The move will make hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs available to women. Kristen Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard who just returned from her third tour in Afghanistan, and Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and former Pentagon official.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
When a soldier dies in a combat zone, the family can expect certain official gestures. Men in uniform will fire a salute. A flag will be folded into a neat triangle. And a letter will arrive, signed by the president, expressing thanks for their loved one's service to the country, and condolences for their loss. That is, unless a soldier died by their own hand.
Monday, September 27, 2010
On August 31, President Obama announced the end of combat operations in Iraq. "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over," he said from the Oval Office, as he ordered the withdrawal of all combat forces from the country. Now, only 50,000 troops remain, tasked with handing security operations over to the Iraqis.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Taliban's growing footprint in Afghanistan's rough terrain has forced the U.S. to be far more reliant on moving troops and supplies by air. Throughout America’s war in Afghanistan, helicopters have been widely used where mountainous areas, poor roads and Taliban booby traps make ground travel treacherous. The 14 Americans who died in Afghanistan on Monday, however, were a reminder that U.S. troops who die in Afghanistan are twice as likely to be killed in helicopter crashes as are their counterparts in Iraq.