December 4, 2013 |
A TOUR in Afghanistan didn't kill Timothy Loper, but trying to break up a fight outside a Camden bar did. Loper, a Marine who grew up in Gloucester Township, Camden County, had gone to a party at the 20 Horse Tavern near the Camden waterfront and tried to intervene when he observed a fight in the parking lot at 2:46 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Shots were fired and Loper, married with a 6-year-old daughter, was struck multiple times, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday.
November 27, 2013
Senate rule abused The filibuster was properly tolerated because it was used rarely up until the presidency of Barack Obama, when the Republican Party, having decided that it had nothing to offer but obstruction, resorted to heels-dug-in, scorched-earth, fanatical opposition to anything and everything that Obama wanted passed ("Senate just got worse," Nov. 25). Richmond L Gardner, Horsham, email@example.com Reid once was a fan In an act of breathtaking cynicism and hypocrisy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ignored what he once called "the vision of the founding fathers" in granting "the right to extend the debate" by moving to ensure that one party, the Democrats, have total control of the Senate ("Party's new breed drove 'nuclear option," Nov. 24)
November 25, 2013 |
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year. Their pleas were emotional. Bush, who, together with Clinton, has taken up the cause of Afghan women, said she feared that "once the troops leave, American eyes will move away. I want the people of Afghanistan to know the people of America are with them. " Secretary of State Kerry recalled the anxiety he has heard from Afghan women who have "legitimate concerns that the gains of the past decade could be lost.
August 12, 2013 |
With 17 months to the end of 2014 - the tentative withdrawal deadline for U.S. troops - President Obama has said the war in Afghanistan is winding down. So on Monday, Pfc. Jordan Hayes will kiss his fiancée, parents, and 5-year-old brother goodbye and depart for a nine-month tour deconstructing military bases, tearing down air strips and fence lines; all the tasks necessary to erase the footprint of a 12-year war. "Honestly, I didn't think I'd be going," Hayes said, holding his fiancée's hand at the Army National Guard's Joint Military and Family Assistance Center in Bordentown on Saturday.
July 28, 2013 |
Only 28 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, the lowest number on record and clearly below the least-popular stretches of the Iraq war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall support for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan has dropped 11 percentage points since March, a precipitous fall during a period of tension between U.S. officials and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a spring and summer resurgence in Taliban attacks, and the failure of peace talks with insurgents to get off the ground.
July 15, 2013 |
If President Obama has any strategy for a decent exit from Afghanistan, he is certainly keeping it a secret. The latest White House effort to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, ended in an embarrassing fiasco. Then, last week, the White House once again floated the idea that it would pursue a "zero option" in Afghanistan, meaning Washington would leave no residual force behind after U.S. troops exit in 2014. If this is the new U.S. exit strategy, it is destined to fail.
July 3, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early today and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayuob Salangi said the powerful car bomb blew up about 4:30 a.m., leaving a deep crater at the first gate leading into the camp. Two truck drivers who were waiting to enter the area were killed in the blast, he said.
July 1, 2013 |
At a time when American troops are leaving Afghanistan and U.S. officials are trying to talk to the Taliban, I recommend that you read a book called A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story . The book, by a young Afghan, Qais Akbar Omar, is an extraordinary memoir that portrays his coming of age during a time of madness. This story of his middle-class family's struggle to survive during a decade of civil war and Taliban rule is even more haunting than The Kite Runner , because it's not fiction.
June 25, 2013
British police probe urged LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron called Monday for an investigation into allegations that an undercover police officer was ordered to smear the reputation of the family of Stephen Lawrence, 18, a black murder victim. The Guardian newspaper published claims Monday from former undercover officer Peter Francis that he came under constant pressure from his superiors to "hunt for disinformation. " "To hear that, potentially, the police that were meant to be helping them were actually undermining them - that's horrific," Cameron said.
June 24, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's government reaffirmed support Sunday for possible talks with its Taliban foes, but demanded full explanations on how the group was allowed to raise its flag in Qatar and display other symbols that have stalled the U.S.-led effort. The ongoing dispute over the Taliban compound in Doha - which the Afghan government said appeared as something akin to an embassy in exile instead of a political outpost when it opened - underscores the difficulties in trying to launch a dialogue after nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan.