July 7, 2016 |
After the humvee struck an IED during a dangerous convoy in Iraq and flipped over, the airman driving it was knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely. His face was unrecognizable, his right arm crushed. He was rushed by a Black Hawk helicopter to a U.S. military hospital in Kuwait where Capt. Joseph P. Costabile, head of the surgery department, was waiting. Costabile recalled hearing someone say that the patient was "already dead" while he was being carried in. Costabile had a busy vascular surgery practice in Cherry Hill and was a reservist in the Navy when he was called to duty in 2005.
May 4, 2016 |
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 22 people and injured 30 others west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. A car bomb went off, targeting a group of Shiite worshipers commemorating a holy imam in between al-Saidiya and al-Doura districts, a local police officer told dpa on condition of anonymity. The number of casualties is expected to rise due to the severity of the injuries, the source added. There were conflicting reports about the attack, with Islamic State claiming in a statement circulated on social media that 40 people were killed and dozens more injured in a suicide attack involving a car bomb.
March 8, 2016 |
The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by the deep disillusionment millions of Americans feel about what they believe is a rigged political and economic system. A stark rift has opened between those two candidates and the establishment wings of the two parties. A similar rift has opened over foreign policy, and the issue separating the populists from the establishment candidates is the Iraq war. In October 2002, Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
January 25, 2016
Edward Colimore is a former Inquirer staff writer The Gulf War had just broken out. Jeff Zaun, a Navy navigator and bombardier, was nestled in the cockpit of an A-6E Intruder, poised to drop cluster bombs on an Iraqi air base when a missile struck. The Cherry Hill native ejected along with pilot Bob Wetzel, who broke both arms exiting, and the two were captured and later whisked away to Baghdad for interrogation. In the days that followed, Zaun became the face of the first Gulf War, the image of the battered, bloodied American POW appearing on front pages, magazine covers, and televisions around the world.
December 3, 2015 |
Once captain of Wissahickon High School's basketball team and a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, Justin Lee stood before a federal judge Tuesday to apologize for his role in one of the largest contracting and bribery cases to emerge from the Iraq War. Lee, caught in what he called a "culture of corruption," said he knew right from wrong. He said he wanted to please his father, absent from Lee's childhood and described by prosecutors as the mastermind behind a scheme that brought in millions.
November 24, 2015 |
ONE MAN was running his 64th marathon, the other was running his first since he got a prosthetic leg. For both, finishing yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon was an achievement. When William Reynolds' son Malachi, 6, rode his bike for the first time this summer, the father of four ran at his side. And that would not have been possible the previous summer. Reynolds' story, like the legend surrounding the 26.2-mile races called marathons - a messenger ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians in 490 B.C. - involves a war. It's been more than a decade since an IED gravely wounded the Army vet outside Baghdad, leaving his left leg a few inches shorter than the other and with greatly restricted movement after more than 20 surgeries to restore blood flow.
November 6, 2015 |
Let us pause to mark the death of Ahmed Chalabi, the suave Iraqi exile beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and top Bush administration officials. Many Americans have no doubt forgotten the name of Chalabi, 71, who died this week of heart failure in Baghdad. They shouldn't have. The fast-talking Iraqi, with degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, was the darling of President George W. Bush's top foreign policy advisers. He was a con man who succeeded in his mission: to convince the Americans to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein.
October 8, 2015
ISSUE | SYRIA Flawed strategies White House press secretary Josh Earnest recently said that Russia "imposing a military solution" in Syria would not work. He cited the Russian attempt in Afghanistan during the Jimmy Carter years and the American attempt in Iraq. This is a childlike analysis. The American attempt in Iraq was working until President Obama basically walked away from Iraq without a status-of-forces agreement. Obama cited the relative tranquility in Iraq as a justification for the removal of American forces.
September 16, 2015 |
SYLVESTER MOBLEY was short a volunteer for his Coded by Kids class on Saturday when a couple of mini-reinforcements walked in. "You guys can help me set everyone up," Mobley told 10-year-old twins Munir and Mekhi Jones. Munir is older by two minutes; I promised I would mention that. Mobley, and another volunteer who came later, had it handled, but the look on the twins' beaming faces summed up what's behind this nonprofit program - and teaching city kids how to build websites is just part of it. When you ask Mobley about Coded by Kids, there's the elevator pitch: a program that provides inner-city kids and, most recently, adults with a free tech-education program.
August 14, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.