Ashraf Ghani left a comfortable life as an anthropology professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help rebuild his war-torn homeland of Afghanistan after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban government. Now, he is a step away from becoming its president, expected to compete in a runoff election against the front-runner, Abdullah Abdullah.
Alex Pownall is one of several sons and daughters who have enlisted in the Maryland guard in recent months to serve alongside their parents — an unprecedented influx of offspring that has brought the number of parents with children in the guard to two dozen.
The U.S. Air Force values master's degrees over professional experience when it comes to promotions, a ridiculous practice that hinders the organization from properly identifying its best and brightest to lead it.
To the right, 9/11 is a symbol for what we're trying to prevent through our involvement in the Middle East. Every militant group remotely affiliated with al Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan — regardless of whether their goals include attacks on U.S. soil — has been thrown into a Qaida quesadilla and is immediately considered an enemy.
In the early days of the new year, it might be good to take a moment to recognize that however disappointing Obama's policies may be, it could have been a lot worse if any of Obama's key opponents — Republican or Democrat — were sitting in the White House today.
After four years in the Army ¿ including a stint in Afghanistan, where he wielded an M4 during watch duty ¿ Maryland's first-year practice-team running back has earned the right to dismiss the comparison. He knows all too well that the football-as-war metaphor amounts to hype.
With the deadline for reaching a bilateral security agreement with the Afghan government weeks away and Karzai refusing to relax his recalcitrant stance, the United States must find another way of getting approval to ensure a continued foreign troop presence after most forces pull out in 2014.
As FBI agents investigating the Black Guerrilla Family gang closed in on a new round of suspects in the Baltimore jail corruption case this fall, one of their targets packed his bags and left the country.
Chuck Ritz did not know anyone killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, but he said "I think it changed my life. … It made me aware of how short life is," and he's determined to honor those killed that day and in the wars since then.
"Aunt Millie" as soldiers receiving care packages in Afghanistan affectionately refer to 95-year-old Vivian "Millie" Bailey doesn't see an end in sight for the work her group does. Yet she and her volunteers are more than willing to take on more.
Brianna and Bryce Byars, siblings from Belcamp, were excited enough to be throwing out the first pitch at one of the Cal Ripken World Series contests on Saturday night, but they had no idea what was in store for them. Unbeknownst to the pair, their father, Ed, an Air National Guard member, who had been in Afghanistan for the previous year, was there to catch that pitch.