March 21, 2012 |
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KAN. - The attorney for the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians yesterday questioned the quality of the evidence against his client and said he planned to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own. John Henry Browne said he met with Robert Bales for 11 hours over two days at Fort Leavenworth, where his client is being held. He added that there was still a lot he didn't know about the March 11 shootings. "I don't know about the evidence in this case.
March 14, 2012
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February 13, 2013
By Daniel L. Davis There has been a great deal of discussion in recent weeks regarding the appropriate size of the post-2014 U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan. Many well-known pundits have argued the United States should keep as many as 15,000 troops on the ground. The rationale cited is that we must have a "robust presence" to accomplish American strategic objectives. They argue that going with a force smaller than that, or taking the so-called zero-option of complete withdrawal, must be resisted to avoid defeat.
December 23, 2009 |
A Marine from Hawley, in Wayne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, died Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said yesterday. Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, died in Helmand province of a "nonhostile incident" that is under investigation, the department said. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.
September 28, 1988 |
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said the Soviet Union has suspended the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan because of persistent violations of a U.N.-negotiated agreement. "Let's wait and see," Shevardnadze told reporters at the United Nations yesterday. "It is necessary to stop the violations that take place. It is the most important thing. " In another development, 35 people were killed and more than 150 injured when a rocket landed in a central square in Kabul today during a rebel missile attack on the Afghan capital, the Soviet news agency Tass reported.
May 9, 2011
President Obama should take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to dramatically reshape U.S. policy related to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. For a decade, this country has expended an inordinate amount of its resources, not to mention the more than 1,500 soldiers killed, to fight a war in Afghanistan that never promised to yield comparable strategic results. The cost was swallowed in the mistaken belief that a "war on terror" could be won if a decisive blow were struck on one front.
November 4, 1988 |
A top Foreign Ministry spokesman today said the Soviet Union has suspended its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan because of heavy attacks by rebels and hinted the pullout might not be completed by a Feb. 15 deadline. "The Soviet troops are being withdrawn due to the goodwill of the Soviet government," First Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh told a news conference. "They will be withdrawn in honorable conditions. " The current atmosphere of heavy attacks by insurgents with arms supplied by the United States, Pakistan and other countries "does not provide conditions for such a withdrawal of Soviet troops," Bessmertnykh said.
June 23, 2011 |
IJUST FLEW from Philadelphia to Columbia, S.C., for my 18-year-old son's orientation at University of South Carolina for his fall start of college studies. Sitting next to me on the small plane was an even younger young man - a 17-year-old on his way to a different orientation: 10 weeks of Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. The young man, like an overgrown puppy strapped in beside me, eagerly twitched with anticipation. This was only his second airplane ride. (The first came earlier in the day from his home in Minnesota to Philadelphia.)
August 30, 1988 |
Soviet ground forces have returned to the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after pulling out two weeks ago, the Washington Post reported today. The maneuver appears to reflect conflict between the Soviet government and army over how to execute the withdrawl of its troops from Afghanistan, western diplomats said today. The move was the first instance of Soviet troops returning to a city already abandoned since the overall withdrawal began May 15. U.S. officials in Washington confirmed the Soviet troop move but said it did not appear to break the Geneva accord on the pullout.
September 11, 1986 |
Sylvester Stallone says that "Rambo" will next appear in Afghanistan on a rescue mission to free his former commanding officer from his Communist captors. The second "Rambo" movie ended with John Rambo walking bare-chested across Thailand. Next, he will lead the Mujahedeen tribesmen into battle on horseback. Stallone, currently working on "Over the Top," said he will do the new "Rambo" movie in the fall for release next July 4. He said he is dubbing this film " 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' across the plains of Afghanistan into the mouth of pain.