Unexpected is expected in military families

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columnist By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That [...]

Turnover of province of Muthanna a small sign of hope in Iraq

Editorial A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister [...]

Safety in Iraq is becoming a responsibility U.S. can’t handle

Editorial Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence in [...]

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Killed

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday [...]

Montgomery on leave from Baghdad’s mean streets

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Karl Terry: Managing Editor A year ago he was leading a pretty normal life as an Eastern New Mexico student, balancing classes a part-time job in construction and National Guard Service. These days he works in one of the most dangerous environments on Earth. Spc. James Montgomery, a member of the 126th Military Police, a [...]

For better or worse, it is time for U.S. troops to keave Iraq

Freedom Newspapers A poignant indicator of how the American occupation is going two years after the initial invasion of Iraq came Wednesday. Iraq’s National Assembly met, a sign that the new transitional government chosen in the inspiring elections of Jan. 30 is beginning to govern. But the meeting was shaken by a volley of mortar [...]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that [...]