WHAT: Colombia’s main rebel group executed four of its longest-held captives during combat Saturday between guerrillas and soldiers searching for the men, the government said. A fifth captive fled into the jungle and survived. Read More
To say that the military is what makes America great could perhaps give other nations the wrong impression, but it is true all the same. This is not because Americans are a particularly militaristic people. Nor is it because other aspects of the national identity — our freedoms, our ingenuity and our entrepreneurship — are less important. Read More
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Six U.S. soldiers were killed, along with one Afghan soldier, during a helicopter air assault in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, coalition officials said. Read More
WHAT: Soldiers backing Ivory Coast dictator Laurent Gbagbo sprayed gunfire on thousands of women gathered for a peaceful all-female protest, killing at least six.WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The massacre shocked this African nation where women’s marches have historically been the last resort against a notoriously trigger-happy army. Read More
Most thought that, if they could just get to the shore alive, the war would be won quickly.
They were wrong. After the successful landing on D-Day, Allied troops were soon bogged down in bloody bocage fighting among the hedgerows and berms lining Normandy’s fields.
Sure, the Army brass knew the hedgerows were there. But they never gave much thought to training or equipping troops for hedgerow fighting. Read More
They didn’t call him “Tricky Dick” for nothing — and Melvin Laird knew it.The Wisconsin congressman knew what he was getting into when President Richard Nixon tabbed him as secretary of defense. Laird would have to wind down an unpopular war and thread the needle among a paranoid White House, a restive Congress and a powerhouse personality known as Henry Kissinger. Read More
Although standing just feet from her only daughter, Candice Cain could not help herself. As gently as a mother possibly can, Cain slowly approached medic Spc. Lauren Yee and embraced her.
“Hello, mom,” said Yee, 24, who will ship out on her first military tour in a few months.
Yee, a San Bruno resident, is one of about 60 California Army National Guard soldiers from the 297th Area Support Medical Company, which will depart for Iraq soon. Their mission: Operation New Dawn. Read More