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Is there any way to look at the war in Afghanistan as anything but a mounting failure? I don't think so. The "metrics," as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would say, aren't looking good. This week, as the ninth anniversary of the start of the...
Tags: Defense, U.S. Air Force, Armed Forces, Civil Unrest, Values
Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan last week at the hands of Navy SEALs was a moral and symbolic victory for the U.S., but it complicated the already tense relationship between the Obama administration and Islamabad. The feeling in Washington is that the...
On March 25th, I returned with three other members of Congress from a six-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. I came away, as all do, tremendously impressed by the commitment of American soldiers and civilians to executing their mission. We were in...
Baltimore Sun reporterReviewing the multibillion-dollar U.S. aid program in Afghanistan two years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pronounced it a "heartbreaking" failure and promised to make a successful aid program the centerpiece of a revamped strategy to...
Tags: Defense, World Bank Group, NATO, White House, Corporate Crime
With the first anniversary of the U.S. "surge" in Afghanistan coming up in August, President Barack Obama will soon have to decide whether to maintain the current force levels or begin withdrawing some of the 30,000 additional troops he ordered there last...
Tags: Joe Biden, Defense, Pakistan, National Security, Robert Gates
Fearless. Focused. Driven. Jamie Stoddard was determined to excel, whether pitching for Arundel High or leading troops into combat. He reveled in rivalry, be it clearing out caves in Afghanistan or competing with soldiers in a footrace. Stoddard's life...
Tags: Defense, Death, Afghanistan, Baseball, U.S. Army
BEFORE TUESDAY'S terror attack, the Bush administration had offended allies and others with unilateralist gestures over an array of issues. The message was that the United States is the world's only superpower, get used to it. Since Tuesday, the...
Sun National StaffWASHINGTON - Pentagon officials acknowledged yesterday that two U.S. bombing runs on military targets in Afghanistan over the weekend went astray, striking near a senior citizens' home outside the western city of Herat and in a residential neighborhood...
Sun National StaffWASHINGTON - For a second day, U.S. planes and ships lighted up the skies over Afghanistan after nightfall yesterday, attacking airfields, ground troops and military facilities of the Taliban regime and training camps run by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida...
Sun Foreign StaffMOSCOW -- The success of American military action in Afghanistan could hinge on aid from a small, rebel Afghan army that just two weeks ago seemed on the verge of collapse. The Northern Alliance, which includes the remnants of the forces that were...
Sun National StaffWASHINGTON - As U.S. forces carried out a third day of strikes in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said yesterday that the attacks had destroyed enough air defense sites to allow U.S. planes to carry out missions 24 hours a day. "Essentially, we have...
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