Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

Trump’s Pardons of Servicemen Raise Fears That Laws of War Won’t Apply

Army First Lt. Clint Lorance on Friday changed out of the drab inmate’s uniform he had worn for six years, and left the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas a free man. He arrived minutes later at a nearby hotel, where his family swallowed him in a group embrace, crying tears of joy. “I […]

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Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases

President Trump cleared three members of the armed services on Friday who have been accused or convicted of war crimes, overruling military leaders who had sought to punish them. All three have been championed by conservative lawmakers and commentators, who have portrayed them as war heroes unfairly prosecuted for actions taken in the heat and […]

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Trump and the Military: A Dysfunctional Marriage, but They Stay Together

WASHINGTON — Days after President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw 1,000 American troops from Syria, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saw a way to turn it around. The businessman in Mr. Trump had focused on the Syrian oil fields that, if left unprotected, could fall into the hands […]

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Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The Afghan government said on Tuesday that it would release three imprisoned commanders of the Taliban, in what is expected to be an exchange for American and Australian professors who were abducted by the insurgents more than three years ago. The apparent exchange — officials did not immediately confirm that anyone had been […]

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‘Not an Easy Decision’: Rescue Mission Ends With an Airman Still Missing

One of the bedrock principles of military service is to leave no one behind. So when an airman, Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, fell from a cargo plane into the waters south of the Florida Panhandle during a training exercise last week, an intense search effort was quickly underway. Rescue teams started from the spot […]

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I Watched Friends Die in Afghanistan. The Guilt Has Nearly Killed Me.

When my grandfather Michael Linehan Jr. arrived in North Africa in December 1943 to begin his tour of duty with the 15th Air Force, the average life expectancy of an Allied heavy-bomber crewman was roughly six combat missions, less than a fourth of what he was required to fly. As the 25-year-old pilot of a […]

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Veterans: Pull the Troops Out of Afghanistan Now

Video “Fifteen years from now, I don’t want my kid to die in the war that I went to.”CreditCredit…The New York Times Video by Mark Hannah and Eric Felipe-Barkin This Veterans Day, about 200,000 American troops are being deployed abroad. In the Video Op-Ed above, the Eurasia Group Foundation, which seeks to make public debates […]

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Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found. It was hidden from discovery all this time by a single errant digit. The mystery began on Jan. 28, 1944, when the Grayback, one of the most successful […]

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Judge Rules Prosecutors Misrepresented Evidence From C.I.A. Sites

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Prosecutors in the case of a Qaeda suspect misrepresented to defense lawyers what happened to him in C.I.A. custody, a military judge has ruled, complicating efforts to bring the suspect to trial at Guantánamo Bay and raising new […]

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Don’t Let the New START Treaty Lapse

The New START Treaty, the last and most important nuclear arms limitation agreement still in force between Russia and the United States, expires early in 2021. Perhaps it can be extended. But it has long been criticized by the Trump administration, on two points: The treaty does not limit new nuclear weapon systems that the […]

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I Never Expected to Protest the Vietnam War While on Active Duty

[At War is a newsletter about the experiences and costs of war. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday.] I never expected that I would be a soldier, or that I would protest the Vietnam War while on active duty, or that I would sue the Army in federal court […]

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U.S. Envoy in Syria Says Not Enough Was Done to Avert Turkish Attack

WASHINGTON — The top American diplomat on the ground in northern Syria has criticized the Trump administration for not trying harder to prevent Turkey’s military offensive there last month — and said Turkish-backed militia fighters committed “war crimes and ethnic cleansing.” In a searing internal memo, the diplomat, William V. Roebuck, raised the question of […]

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My Neighborhood Was on Fire. My Neighbors Came Together to Save It.

In boot camp, I was surprised by the pride the other recruits took in their no-name Midwest hometowns. By contrast, I had no love for Malibu, Calif., which seemed like only one thing to me: an isolated beach town too far from the city for me to escape. I did not surf. I had no […]

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His Victim Forgave Him Years Ago. Now the State Has, Too.

A work crew from a concrete company had spent the mild autumn day repairing cracks in the sidewalks in the small Wisconsin city of Baraboo. Now, on the 60-mile drive home, one of the weary men in the truck checked his cellphone to see if he had any email. He did. From the Office of […]

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U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea

It was a mismatch — a small task unit of United States Navy ships confronted by a mighty squadron of Japanese destroyers. The Americans went on the attack with every mortar and torpedo that they had, repelling the enemy vessels that had threatened to cut off the supply lines for an amphibious landing led by […]

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Under Trump, Iraqis Who Helped U.S. in War Are Stalled in Refugee System

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is refusing to take in thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives helping American forces during the Iraq war, cutting the number of high-priority refugees allowed into the United States this year and drastically slowing background checks they must undergo. Only 153 Iraqi refugees whose applications were given high priority […]

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Suicide Has Been Deadlier Than Combat for the Military

Struggling with mental demons, Kayla Williams went to her bathroom and held a gun in her hand, contemplating suicide. It was 2004, and she’d been home for only a few months after serving as an Army sergeant and Arab linguist in the Iraq war. But hers is one story that doesn’t end in tragedy: Ms. […]

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Trump’s Opposition to ‘Endless Wars’ Appeals to Those Who Fought Them

WASHINGTON — Tyler Wade was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in Afghanistan, and says he is “proud of everything” he did during his service. He also believes the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were a mistake, as do a growing number of veterans — from retired generals to those who served across the enlisted […]

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Here Comes the Smooth Ride to Replace the Military’s Hated Humvee

FORT McCOY, Wis. — The war zone of tomorrow may be a dystopian hellscape of crippling cyber strikes, autonomous death rays and swarms of killer bots. But whatever America’s future conflicts might bring, this much is certain: There will finally be cup holders. The United States military is replacing the aging and little-loved Humvee, the all-purpose […]

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