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Memorial Day

The five deadliest places for U.S. military

As America commemorates Memorial Day, approximately 4,500 U.S. service members have died in Iraq and more than 1,840 in Afghanistan— five provinces in those countries saw the highest casualties.... Read more»

Why Obama's Iran strategy is the best way forward

Even though halting Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions is an urgent priority, there is time for a disciplined approach and a serious and determined effort to resolve the situation diplomatically.... Read more»

Comic: Iraq war

Declaring victory, and ...

President Obama has announced that U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year. ... Read more»

How much did bin Laden cost us?

The numbers are murky, but there’s enough information to conclude that the financial toll to the United States is astronomical.... Read more»


So, who won the war in Iraq? Iran.

As the U.S. military concludes its combat role — which President Barack Obama will formally announce Tuesday — Iraq is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East, but not in the ways that President Bush envisioned. As U.S. troops became mired in fighting an insurgency, Iran extended its influence.... Read more»

Iraq: U.S. troops leave with a latte

This is the way a war ends — not with a bang but a chai tea latte. At Victory Base Camp in Baghdad, soldiers from the last American combat brigade in Iraq are packing up their coffee grinders, their pirated DVDs and their tangled memories for the long journey home.... Read more»

McChrystal's ouster: The view from Kabul

A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation, the profound challenges the U.S. and its allies face remain and some are brought more sharply into relief by the surprising turn of events, particularly the deep divisions within the administration of President Obama.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Is Sarah Palin America's Baghdad Bob?

New Smart v. Stupid column: I’ve never written or cared much about Sarah Palin. But her recent Twitter offensive blaming “Greenies” for the Gulf oil spill – to defend her signature line “Drill Baby, Drill!” – got me thinking about how much she reminded me of Baghdad Bob.... Read more»

Iraq: A very long engagement

Staff Sgt. James Ausmann, 32, wears a black metal “memorial” bracelet around his wrist with the names of two buddies killed during the Iraq invasion. “It sucks. You miss them. But you continue to do well, and make sure they didn’t die in vain.”... Read more»

A Touch of Hollywood in Baghdad

In a city without cinemas, in a country without movies, the impossible is happening. A tattered red carpet adorns the steps of the long-defunct Semiramis Cinema in Baghdad and cheerfully-dressed artists bustle past surly soldiers on the way to a premiere.... Read more»

Opinion: Democracy, cancer and depleted uranium

When my sister, 101st Airborne Army Capt. Chaplain Fran E. Stuart, returned from Iraq, she was forever changed. Not only had the desert sand, gun blasts and heat penetrated her psyche during her one-year deployment, but a carcinogen had made its way into her body as well.... Read more»1

Video of journalists’ killings both answers, raises questions

In recent weeks – and in the wake of a recently uncovered video – military officials have made some serious admissions about shooting civilians. ... Read more»1

Afghan war

As contracting surges in Afghanistan, who's following the money?

In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as challenging as finding the leaders of the Taliban.... Read more»

NATO plans overhaul to better combat global threats

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — As NATO reviews its mission and purpose, some newer members worry that the alliance's most valued safeguard, the commitment that an attack on one is an attack on all, is not inviolable.... Read more»