July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by the much higher number killed in combat as well as the billions of taxpayer dollars squandered on reconstruction. There is no confirmed total number of Iraq war deaths.
June 8, 2012 |
AS WE THINK about ways to reintegrate vets into society, "Battleship" presents an attractive option: Give them starring roles in summer blockbusters, next to supermodel Brooklyn Decker — precisely where Iraq War vet Gregory Gadson found himself last year, on leave from the Wounded Warrior program he headed by virtue of his leadership skills and status as a double amputee (in 2007, he survived an IED). "It's been a real treat," said Gadson, trying to describe his sudden liftoff into the orbit of Hollywood stardom.
May 25, 2012 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Obama sent 1,000 Air Force Academy cadets into active duty Wednesday by laying out his vision for a postwar America in which the United States leads beyond the battlefield and defiantly challenging his critics' notion of waning American influence. In a commencement address, Obama hailed a milestone moment as the country winds down its military involvement in the two wars that have defined the generation that has come of age after Sept. 11, 2001.
March 6, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Assailants waving the al-Qaeda battle flag gunned down 25 policemen Monday in a brazen and well-orchestrated challenge to government control over a strategic town fraught with Iraq war symbolism. The attack replicated tactics used by Sunni insurgents during the war and appeared aimed at reasserting al-Qaeda's grip now that Iraqis can no longer rely on U.S. help. The attackers drove through Haditha claiming to be government officials and methodically executed guards and commanders.
February 27, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The U.S. military has recovered the remains of the last U.S. service member missing in Iraq, ending a nearly six-year ordeal involving shadowy militants and a tragic love story, his family said Sunday. About 1 a.m. Sunday, a U.S. officer knocked on the door of the family home in Ann Arbor, Mich., with news that Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Al-Taie was confirmed dead. The officer had no details yet on how or when he died, said Entifadh Qanbar, Al-Taie's uncle and an aide to Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi.
February 22, 2012 |
THE "Walter Cronkite of Iraq" lives in Northeast Philly in a second-floor apartment next to a gas station on Bustleton Avenue. Bahjat Abdulwahed, now 72 and an Iraqi refugee, was a dashing young man in his 20s when he worked as the chief TV news announcer for the government-run station in Baghdad in the 1960s. He then jumped to the radio side of the government-owned media complex, lending his perfect Arabic diction to broadcasting the major news events for two decades, including the daily anxieties of the Iraq-Iran war from 1980 to 1988.
February 14, 2012
IT'S BAD enough that the St. Louis Cardinals got hot at the end of the year, barely made it into the playoffs and then beat the Phillies in five games. Their hot streak pushed them right into the World Series and a victory parade to celebrate their championship. St. Louis, recently, beat us a second time. This one refers to their throwing a second parade to celebrate and welcome home our military heroes as they returned from Iraq. What's wrong with Philadelphia and the rest of the cities?
January 30, 2012
I WATCHED President Obama's State of the Union address with great anticipation. I am an orthopedic surgeon who has always been an Obama supporter. Obama's passion for change is the same passion for change that I have. I wanted to help people. I soon realized that hope and a desire for change are not enough. Our health-care system is broken and cannot be changed overnight. It will take years to fix. As with the United States, we have serious problems. Obama cannot fix everything overnight.
January 6, 2012 |
Neal Auricchio Jr. fought two tours in Iraq, returning to war even after a sniper blew apart one of his calf muscles. But the 30-year-old Purple Heart winner and off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer may never want to visit Philadelphia again. With good reason. Auricchio is the New York Rangers fan who was sucker-punched and beaten unconscious by three Flyers fans after the Winter Classic hockey game Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. The video of the beating went viral.
December 27, 2011
By Victor Davis Hanson Two terrible September days sum up the first decade of the new American millennium. The first, of course, was Sept. 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden's suicide terrorists that morning hit the Pentagon, knocked down the World Trade Center, killed 3,000 Americans, and left 16 acres of ash in Manhattan and $1 trillion in economic losses in their wake. Two invasions into Afghanistan and Iraq followed - along with a more nebulous third "war on terror" against Islamic radicalism.