As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on.
|By: David Swanson Friday October 3, 2014 2:33 pm|
Here comes another October 7th, time once again for celebrating the International Day of Wars-Start-Easy-But-They’re-a-Bitch-to-End. That is, if we can spare a few moments away from celebrating the new wars we’re starting
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:30 am|
So about that leaving Afghanistan by 2015 plan? Not so much. The US has now secured a new status of forces agreement that will keep the war going in Afghanistan indefinitely. Of course, given the US is back in Iraq after losing a status of forces agreement maybe these agreements are mostly symbolic anyway. If so, the symbolism could not clearer – the US has taken up permanent residence in Afghanistan.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 1, 2014 6:40 am|
The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in indefinite detention.
Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert, the current facility’s commander, said, “We’ve got to resolve their fate by either returning them to their home country or turning them over to the Afghans for prosecution or any other number of ways that the Department of Defense has to resolve.” The administration is considering transferring the prisoners to the US court system or possibly Guantanamo Bay.
|By: DSWright Friday September 12, 2014 6:44 am|
Though President Obama made a number of absurd and unsupported claims in his address on ISIS, the one that already launched a thousands tweets is his assertion that he had the authority to bomb Syria without seeking congressional approval. In Obama’s distorted view of the constitution he can launch a military campaign against any country in the world with the justification that Al Qaeda – or some group he tries to tie to Al Qaeda like ISIS – operates within it. It is such an expansive view of the imperial presidency that not even George W. Bush and supporters were willing to claim it (at least publicly).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 28, 2014 7:35 am|
A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.”
The federal judge ordered the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce the photographs or submit additional evidence to support keeping the photos secret.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday August 25, 2014 1:17 pm|
The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a “new climate” in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.
In an exclusive interview, for the first time ever the actual Peace Prize, a large, coin-like object, speaks out.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 11, 2014 11:05 am|
Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 6, 2014 6:45 am|
Yesterday Army Major General Harold Greene was killed in Afghanistan in one of two insider attacks that occurred that day against coalition forces. While touring Marshal Fahim National Defense University, in what a Pentagon spokesman described as a routine visit, Greene was shot and killed by an Afghan soldier firing into a crowd of coalition forces. 15 people were injured including other American soldiers and a German brigadier general.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:59 am|
In a press conference that started today at 12:30 eastern standard time a spokesman for the Department of Defense, Rear Admiral John Kirby, confirmed that a US general was killed today in Afghanistan. The gunman, now dead, is believed to have been an Afghan soldier with Kirby noting the “pernicious” threat of insider attacks. The general was conducting a “routine site visit” of a training school for the Afghan government’s military.