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Will the U.S. officially acknowledge that we had a secret torture site in Poland?

Beginning with an investigation in Poland five years ago into his detention and torture, Abu Zubaydah - who has never been charged with a crime and is one of the longest-held prisoners in the U.S. global war on terror - is finally getting a day in court. Sort of. ... Read more»

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Arizona players reflect as Navy, Air Force meet on anniversary of 9/11

Saturday’s football game between Air Force and Navy will be the 54th between the two teams – and their first meeting on 9/11, leaving one Arizona-born Navy player with “goosebumps just thinking about it.” ... Read more»

‘Luckiest man alive’: Why 9/11 first responders’ outlooks may improve even as physical health fails

A new report released by the New York City Fire Department finds that even as 9/11 responders’ self-reported physical health has declined over the years, they have consistently reported their mental health-related quality of life as better than that of average Americans.... Read more»

Analysis

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust & ensuing chronic health conditions offer unheeded lessons

9/11 responders not only faced initial “acute” health problems, they soon began experiencing a wave of chronic diseases that continue to affect them 20 years later due a of mixture of cement dust and particles, asbestos and a class of chemicals called persistent organic pollutants.... Read more»

Declassifying the 9/11 Investigation

President Joe Biden took the notable step last week of ordering the Justice Department and other agencies to disclose new portions of their long-secret files on the Qaida plot - what remains in doubt is whether the declassification will resolve the mysteries that still surround the case.... Read more»

Arizona nonprofits to mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 with national day of service

Across the state, many nonprofits are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through community outreach on the National Day of Service and Remembrance. ... Read more»

Analysis

Rosenblum: Afghanistan — Why & what's next?

European newscasts have focused for weeks on a violent nation cursed by a pandemic, where armed fundamentalists hostile to Western values want one-party rule, a cowed press and kangaroo courts. And besides America, they also talk about Afghanistan.... Read more»

Afghan government collapses, Taliban seize control: 5 essential reads

There would be “no transitional government in Afghanistan,” Taliban officials told Reuters news service, as panic and turmoil grip Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents captured the capital city of Kabul and the president fled on Aug. 15, 2021.... Read more»

U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this historic moment

Mark R. Jacobson, a foreign policy expert at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University who served as a reserve officer in 2006 and then returned in a civilian role, working as a foreign policy adviser, offers both personal and professional perspectives on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.... Read more»

Analysis

As the Taliban surges across Afghanistan, al-Qaeda is poised for a swift return

Even before the US military completes the final steps of its troop withdrawal, the Taliban is surging, threatening not only the gains made in the past two decades, at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, but also global stability.... Read more»

2 Az Republicans vote against Trump on war powers

The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force that allowed the George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false claims about Rep. Ilhan Omar

President Donald Trump accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of professing a “love” for al Qaeda and talking about “how great” and “how wonderful” al Qaeda is. That is false.... Read more»

Flake, Kaine renew call for Congress to weigh in on ongoing military strikes

When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman in the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond. Today, both are U.S. senators and the county is still waging war under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force – a vote they say it’s time to revisit.... Read more»

Flake bill would let U.S. military strike ‘non-state actors’ like ISIS

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduced a use-of-force resolution that would let the president take military action against “non-state actors” like al Qaeda, ISIS and other terror groups.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false Gitmo blame

President Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George W. Bush.... Read more»

U.S. bolsters cyber defense for election, few new steps on violence

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of U.S. elections on Nov. 8, but few are taking new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. ... Read more»

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