When the first photos surfaced of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib being abused and humiliated by their U.S. military captors, a ranking Army officer said, “You’re looking at the idiots who could cost us this war.” Read More
In post-World War II Austria, as American and Soviet occupation forces fought for “hearts and minds,” one shrewd U.S. intelligence analyst figured out how to get what he needed — with benefits. He befriended one of Vienna’s best-known opera stars, someone who knew everyone and everything. In exchange for a few sausages from the government mess, the singer was happy to pass along the very best of rumors — and front-row tickets to boot. Read More
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the American-led counterinsurgency is winning in Afghanistan against the Taliban and its jihadist allies. First, there was the killing of Osama bin Laden. While not directly related to the insurgency, the raid on Abbottabad did eliminate the most notable figure tied to the original reason for invading Afghanistan and deposing the Taliban regime. Read More
WHAT: A 20-year veteran Afghan military pilot said to be distressed over his personal finances allegedly opened fire after an argument at a Kabul airport meeting, killing eight U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor before being shot down. Read More
WHAT: The Taliban spent five months digging a 1,000-foot tunnel from a safe house, passing under several government checkpoints and a major highway. When it reached Sarposa jail, half the prisoners snuck out in four hours without any guards noticing.HOW: The escapees had enough copies of cell keys to let out all the Taliban prisoners. Getaway cars were waiting a short distance outside. Most of the prisoners had no idea the escape was coming until the last minute. Read More
Oil is selling for close to $110 a barrel and gasoline for about $4 a gallon. Bad news for motorists. Marvelous news for jihadis. Read More
In the birthplace of the Taliban, US military officials are clinging to gains and keeping fingers crossed that successful campaigns in Zhari district against the insurgency will hold during the Spring offensive.
U.S. Army Col. Arthur Kandarian, told reporters via satellite from Afghanistan at the Pentagon that positive changes are a testament to combined efforts of both Afghan and U.S. forces since launching the campaign against the insurgency last September. Read More
Taliban leaders warned the Pakistani government Tuesday that it would retaliate if U.S. consulate employee Raymond Davis, accused of killing two Pakistanis, is released into U.S. custody, news agencies in Pakistan are reporting.
The case has strained the fragile relationship between Washington and Pakistan. Read More
In something of a surprise move, the Pentagon is sending an additional 1,400 Marines to Afghanistan, bringing the total U.S. personnel there to about 97,000. In addition, U.S. commanders are said to be changing the mix of forces in favor of more combat units and fewer logistical units. Read More