Tag: Military Bases and Installations

After Iranian Missile Facility Blows Up, Conspiracy Theories Abound in Tehran

When a major explosion lit the skies on the edge of Tehran last week, the Iranian government was quick to dismiss the episode as a gas explosion at the Parchin military base, which was once the focus of international nuclear inspectors. It turned out that was false: Satellite photographs show the explosion happened at a […]

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N.Y.C. Protests: Teenager’s Injuries Under Investigation

Weather: Sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Over the weekend: More sun, but a good bit cooler. Alternate-side parking: Suspended through June 21. ImageCredit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times A photo shows a long, bloody laceration running down the right side of Jahmel Leach’s face, from cheek to chin. The skin around the injury […]

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These Are the 10 U.S. Army Installations Named for Confederates

Scattered across the American South, 10 Army bases bear the names of Confederate officers, including several who resigned their commissions in the United States military and fought against the Union Army in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Some of the military installations acknowledge their namesakes on their websites. Others, like Fort […]

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Reactionaries Are Having a Bad Month

What is Braxton Bragg to Donald Trump, or Trump to Braxton Bragg? It was always strange (and outrageous) to have U.S. military bases named for traitors — for Confederate generals who rebelled against the Union to defend slavery. And military leaders seem willing to change those bases’ names. But Trump says no. Why would he […]

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Defying Trump, Senate Panel Moves to Strip Military Bases of Confederate Names

WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee voted on Wednesday to require the Pentagon to strip military bases and equipment of Confederate names, monuments or symbols within three years, setting up an election-year clash with President Trump on the issue amid a rapidly building national outcry against historical representations of racism. The move by the Armed […]

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Trump and the Confederate Base Names

More from our inbox: ImagePresident Trump met with African-American advisers and supporters on Wednesday at the White House.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Trump Won’t Allow Pentagon to Erase Confederate Names From Bases” (news article, June 11): As your article points out, a number of United States military bases are named for […]

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‘A Slap in the Face’: Black Veterans on Bases Named for Confederates

WASHINGTON — When Timothy Berry was recruiting black students for West Point, where he served as class president in 2013, he often reflected on his senior year, when he lived in the Robert E. Lee barracks. It bothered him then, it bothers him now. “I was trying to tell black and brown students that they […]

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An N.Y. Street Is Named for Robert E. Lee. Officials Want That Changed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio waded into a resurgent national debate over the legacy of the Civil War on Thursday, calling on military officials to rename a street at an Army base in Brooklyn named after Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general and its military leader. “His name should be taken off everything in America, period,” […]

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The Army Was Open to Replacing Confederate Base Names. Then Trump Said No.

Monuments and memorials bearing the names of men who fought to preserve slavery and uphold white supremacy are facing a reckoning, as demonstrations against police brutality have erupted across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The protests have also reignited a debate within the military community […]

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Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?

The white supremacist who murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., five years ago dispensed with the fiction that the Confederate battle flag was an innocuous symbol of “Southern pride.” A murderer’s manifesto describing the killings as the start of a race war — combined with photos of the killer brandishing a pistol and a […]

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A Rocket Attack. Two Narratives. This Is What Happened.

When 16 rockets were fired at a small American base in southern Afghanistan last fall, the Taliban trumpeted the attack as a blood bath, claiming they had killed “tens” of Americans. The U.S.-led mission in Kabul downplayed it. The insurgents were lying, an American military spokesman said on Twitter; there were no coalition casualties. The […]

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For American Military, Coronavirus Is an Enemy to Be Fought

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Can the Military Fix Base Housing?

Living on a military base can be idyllic. Children bike and run freely, cars drive slowly through the neighborhoods, parents keep an eye on one another’s kids, uniformed service members pop home for lunch, and everybody knows your name. In recent years however, these Mayberrys have been plagued by substantial unresolved maintenance issues, which many […]

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Some Wuhan Evacuees Ask Why They Aren’t Being Tested for the Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — When 195 Americans, including diplomats, were evacuated from Wuhan, China, last month, they were tested for the coronavirus on arrival at a California military base. Health officials swabbed the throats and noses of everyone in the group — the first to be evacuated from Wuhan — and they were relieved when all […]

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Philippines Tells U.S. It Will End Military Cooperation Deal

MANILA — The Philippines said Tuesday it had officially informed the United States that it was scrapping a military pact that has given the longtime American ally a security blanket for the past two decades. The notice to terminate the pact, the Visiting Forces Agreement, comes as President Rodrigo Duterte has warmed up to China […]

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‘Do Not Make Any Loud Noises’: A Thai Soldier’s 18-Hour Shooting Rampage

KORAT, Thailand — The authorities killed the gunman near the cold storage refrigerators of the Foodland supermarket in the mall he terrorized during Thailand’s deadliest mass shooting. It was just before 9 local time on Sunday morning — 18 hours after he fired the first shots in a relentless spree that left at least 29 […]

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With a Year Until Guantánamo’s 9/11 Trial, the Military Has a Long To-Do List

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean, the Navy captain in charge of this remote Pentagon outpost declared a tsunami warning. Word reached the base school and boats on the bay but never got to the war […]

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Iraqis Question U.S. Claim That Iran-Backed Militia Attacked Base

NEPTIS, Iraq — The white Kia pickup turned off the desert road and rumbled onto a dirt track, stopping near a marsh. Soon there was a flash and a ripping sound as the first of the rockets fired from the truck soared toward Iraq’s K-1 military base. The rockets wounded six people and killed an […]

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Planes Return Hundreds of Americans From China’s Coronavirus Epicenter

Daisy Roth shepherded her two small daughters, Abigail and Adalynn, through the hushed city of Wuhan, China, past airport checkpoints and United States Embassy workers in hazmat gear, and onto a hollowed-out plane with bare white walls and dark blue seats, 10 across. Back home in Neenah, Wis., Ms. Roth’s husband, Sam, was glued to […]

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U.S. Officials Promise ‘Aggressive Measures’ to Contain Coronavirus

Four military bases in Texas, California and Colorado were preparing to house American citizens for up to two weeks as part of a highly unusual federal effort aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. As of late Monday, though, expectations that a large number of Americans who had traveled to parts of China […]

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Al Qaeda Claims It Directed Florida Naval Base Shooting

CAIRO — Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed on Sunday that it directed a Saudi military officer to carry out the shooting at a United States military base in Florida in December that killed three sailors and wounded eight people. In an audio recording released on Sunday, the leader of the Yemen-based group, Qassim al-Rimi, […]

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Inside the California Military Base a Coronavirus Evacuee Tried to Flee

LOS ANGELES — This week, a group of strangers came together under a warm Southern California sun. They played ball with their children. They took jogs down tree-lined paths. They watched movies in the afternoon. They also had their temperatures taken several times a day by medical personnel. And they are not allowed to leave […]

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Hiding in the Grass: Fear and Confusion as Fighters Overran a U.S. Airfield

WASHINGTON — Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight earlier this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses United States troops. By the time the Shabab were done, portions of the airfield were burning […]

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