(BBC) – Seven soldiers serving with Nato’s force in Afghanistan have been killed in two attacks, the alliance says.
An Afghan soldier turned his weapon on coalition troops in the country’s west, killing two in the latest so-called insider attack.
Earlier, a roadside bomb killed five US soldiers in the southern Kandahar province.
The deaths [...]
(McClatchy) – Since the United States first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001, a signature goal of the war has been to increase Afghan national security forces and give their members the skills to vanquish domestic terrorist groups and other security threats on their own.
But as the Obama administration prepares to pull 34,000 U.S. [...]
(NYT) — An American tanker airplane used for midair refueling over Afghanistan crashed soon after departure on Friday from the Manas airport in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, according to an American official and local media reports.
A crew of five people were flying the airplane, a KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, [...]
(smh.com.au) – President Barack Obama has recommitted to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison following the arrival of “medical reinforcements” to deal with a mass hunger strike.
Nearly 40 Navy nurses, corpsmen and specialists have gone to the detention centre, as 100 inmates who have been held for more than a decade without trial refuse food.
McClatchy/Miami Herald, By Carol Rosenberg, April 27
International Red Cross delegates began inspecting conditions at the Guantánamo prison camps on Saturday, as the U.S. military said the number of hunger strikers had reached 100.
One-fifth of the hunger strikers were being force fed nutritional supplements through feeding tubes, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a [...]
(McClatchy) – The Obama administration does not intend to send a witness to testify at a Senate hearing next week on the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, the White House said Wednesday.
The decision illustrates the limits of President Barack Obama’s pledge in his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12 to [...]
(McClatchy) – Military commanders Tuesday offered a description of a communal prison camp where the captives ruled inside their cellblocks for months, covering cameras, poking guards with sticks through fences, spraying U.S. forces with urine and refusing to lock themselves inside their cells for nightly sweeps.
At Guantánamo’s communal camp, only if all the prisoners [...]
(The Guardian) – The US navy has used a powerful laser cannon to shoot down drone aircraft and will start deploying the weapon on its ships, saying it represents the future of warfare.
“The future is here,” said Peter Morrison at the Office of Naval Research’s Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation Programme.
Well, unless it is [...]
AP, By Robert Burns, April 7
Bagram, Afghanistan — The top U.S. military officer said Sunday the Pentagon had bolstered its missile defenses and taken other steps because he “can’t take the chance” that North Korea won’t soon engage in some military action.
Heightened tensions with North Korea led the United States to postpone congressional [...]
(The Guardian) – Six Americans and an Afghan doctor were killed in attacks on Saturday in southern and eastern Afghanistan as the US military’s top officer began a weekend visit to the country, officials said.
(Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic) – It would be easy to replace our current killing program with a slightly altered one with sufficient protections for innocent civilians, American citizens, and rule of law.
Plenty of pundits on the left and right still support targeted killing, as do voters, military brass, think-tank fellows, and Congressional majorities. [...]
** UK: – British troops recount human rights abuses at US detention facility in Iraq, British soldiers and airmen tell of prisoners brought in by SAS and SBS snatch squads being hooded and given electric shocks ** US: Judge rules Stockton, Calif., to enter bankruptcy, A judge accepted the California city of Stockton’s bankruptcy application [...]
(AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday ordered preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases in the Pacific and South Korea.
The order, issued at an overnight emergency meeting with top army commanders, was a direct response to the use of nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers in ongoing [...]
(AFP) – Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the US Navy’s giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare.
With the Pentagon facing $500 billion in cuts over the next decade, a Navy officer has dared to [...]
(Foreign Policy) – Happy Friday. Here are your photos of the week. Bet you didn’t realize that the U.S. Navy still has wooden-hulled warships? The photo above shows the USS Guardian trapped on a reef in the Pacific Ocean being scrapped. Notice how the ship’s paint has been stripped away by waves revealing the wooden [...]