June 13, 2013
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been leading the charge against the sexual assault crisis in the military, which has been struggling to curb the culture that yielded 26,000 cases of "unwanted sexual contact" in the ranks last year. A champion of the bill that repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) has pushed welcome legislation to move decisions to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command to independent military prosecutors. Unfortunately, despite bipartisan support, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.)
November 20, 2012 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The victims were rounded up at their homes, at work or while out having drinks. Taken without explanation to military camps overflowing with prisoners, they were deprived of food and beaten routinely with belts, clubs and guns and released only after their families paid substantial sums of money. A report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch accuses Ivory Coast's military of undertaking a swift, brutal, and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention in response to some of the most significant violence since last year's election crisis.
October 20, 2012 |
SAN'A, Yemen - Suspected al-Qaeda suicide bombers disguised in military uniforms stormed into an army base in Yemen on Friday, killing 14 soldiers and wounding more than 20, Yemeni officials said. The dawn assault on the coastal base in Abyan province involved four suicide bombers in an army pickup truck laden with explosives and a gun battle with soldiers who were caught sleeping. The attack highlights the increasingly brazen tactics used by militants in this impoverished Arab Peninsula country and the many challenges Yemen's new leadership faces as it struggles, with U.S. help, to route militants and bring security to the nation.
September 13, 2012 |
LEE CHILD'S latest Jack Reacher novel, A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel (Delacorte, $28), offers fans some solace after the vexing news that Tom Cruise will play Child's imposing hero in a film version due out later this year. The casting of Cruise - who stands nowhere near Reacher's 6-foot-5 and doesn't exactly look like a former military police officer who can kill bad guys with his bare hands - angered purists, who perhaps had a taller, broader, less-movie-star-handsome Reacher in mind.
August 9, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's president fired his intelligence chief on Wednesday for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an imminent attack days before extremists stormed a border post in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 16 soldiers. The dismissal, which followed Egyptian air strikes against Sinai extremists, also marked a bold attempt by the Islamist leader to deflect popular anger over the attack. It pointed to a surprising level of cooperation with the powerful military leaders who stripped the presidency of significant powers just before Mohammed Morsi took office June 30. In a major shake-up, Morsi also asked Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi to replace the commander of the military police, a force that has been heavily used to combat street protests since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago. Rights activists have accused the military police of brutality against protesters.
July 23, 2012 |
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. The Marine Corps has had police battalions off and on since World War II but they were primarily focused on providing security, such as accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas, said Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
July 9, 2012
Pakistanis protest NATO's access ISLAMABAD - Thousands of followers of leading Islamist clerics began marching Sunday from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital, Islamabad, to protest Pakistan's decision to once again let NATO move Afghanistan-bound supply convoys through the country after a seven-month hiatus. The protest was organized by the Defense of Pakistan Council, a coalition of hard-line religious groups that has among its leaders Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, an Islamic cleric who India claims engineered the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.
June 10, 2012
This slim young woman paid a heavy price for bringing a court case against the military after she and other activists were arrested and subjected to humiliating "virginity tests. " "I lost everything," she said, "my reputation and my job. " But she brought the case "because I want to stop these things from happening to other women. " A military court dismissed charges against the doctor who abused her, but Ibrahim is pursuing the case in international courts. She gets threatening phone messages — which she believes come from the military police — telling her she will die if she does not drop the issue.
December 21, 2011 |
It's only Kyleigh Cheyenne Stich's first Christmas, but whatever gifts the years to come place under her tree, it's unlikely any will come close to 2011. Eleven-month-old Kyleigh, of Levittown, got the best present a little girl could hope for: Her dad. Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Stich Jr. was one of 15 National Guard airmen flown home Tuesday in time for the holidays. Members of the 108th Security Forces Squadron stationed in Iraq since July, the airmen were reunited with their families at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in two separate arrivals.
December 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers suffered a major embarrassment on Friday when a new civilian advisory council designed to bolster their legitimacy suspended its operations in protest over the military's deadly but ineffective treatment of peaceful demonstrators. The advisory council's decision followed a renewed outbreak of violence both in the center of Cairo on Friday and at vote-counting centers around the country the previous night. Election monitors said the violence threatened to undermine the credibility of Egypt's first parliamentary election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. The clashes at the vote-counting centers began after polls closed late Thursday, when soldiers beat up judges and other civilians trying to enter the centers.