The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

Why is the death toll of U.S. strikes so staggeringly high?

#afghanistan, #audio-neutral-informative, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

20 Years Later, the Story Behind the Guantánamo Photo That Won’t Go Away

On Jan. 11, 2002, a sailor photographed 20 men in orange uniforms and on their knees, capturing one of the most damning post-9/11 images of U.S. detention policy.

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #photography, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Guantánamo Panel Approves Transfer of First High-Value Detainee

Guled Duran, a Somali, has been held in classified facilities since the C.I.A. took custody of him in 2004. He has never been charged with a crime.

#alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal judge blocks the Defense Dept. from punishing Navy forces who refuse the vaccine.

“There is no Covid-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution,” the judge said in his ruling.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-department, #freedom-of-religion, #oconnor-reed, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization

Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

#amaq-news-agency, #arabic-language, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-maps, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #new-york-times, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #your-feed-visual-investigations

President Biden Signs $770 Billion Defense Bill

The National Defense Authorization Act passed Congress with bipartisan support, over the opposition of liberals pushing for more social spending.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #house-committee-on-armed-services, #law-and-legislation, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Beneath a Covid Vaccine Debacle, 30 Years of Government Culpability

Washington has rejected plans to revamp vaccine preparedness for decades and repeatedly paid a price. The Biden administration is at a similar crossroads.

#anthrax, #astrazeneca-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #botulism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #el-hibri-fuad, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #gaithersburg-md, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #smallpox, #stockpiling, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pentagon Updates Its Rules on Extremism in the Military

“Liking” white nationalist and extremist content on social media could result in disciplinary action, Defense Department officials said.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #defense-department, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Doctors and Nurses Are ‘Living in a Constant Crisis’ as Covid Fills Hospitals and Omicron Looms

Hospitalizations across the country have increased 20 percent in two weeks, taxing already exhausted health care workers as the United States confronts a new variant.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #defense-department, #hospitals, #michigan, #midwestern-states-us, #northeastern-states-us, #nursing-and-nurses, #university-of-michigan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Senate Passes $768 Billion Defense Bill, Sending It to Biden

Lawmakers in both parties linked arms in an overwhelming vote authorizing an increase in the Pentagon’s budget of roughly $24 billion more than President Biden requested.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #federal-budget-us, #senate, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Waterboarded Prisoner Has Drowning Nightmares Two Decades Later, Doctor Testifies

Lawyers called a torture expert in a bid to spare a defendant a nauseating commute from prison to court by having him spend nights at Guantánamo Bay’s court compound.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #defense-department, #detainees, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Drone Strike

The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-special-operations-command

As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

#central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #karama-syria, #syria, #talon-anvil, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Lawmakers Reach Deal to Overhaul How Military Handles Sexual Assault Cases

Under the agreement, commanders’ powers would be clipped after years of complaints about unfairness and retaliation.

#courts-martial, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #law-and-legislation, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #speier-jackie, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Prepares to Pass $768 Billion Defense Policy Bill

Lawmakers tossed out some bipartisan provisions as they rushed to advance the bill, which would increase the Pentagon’s budget by more than what President Biden had requested.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #democratic-party, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Military Project That Identified 355 Crew Members Who Died at Pearl Harbor EndsIt’s a

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines from the U.S.S. Oklahoma were identified using DNA and dental records, but 33 crew members could not be.

#cemeteries, #defense-department, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hawaii, #missing-in-action, #nebraska, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #research, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

To Counter China, Austin Vows to Shore Up Alliances With Others in Region

“America is a Pacific power,” the defense secretary said as he laid out a strategy to block efforts by China to dominate the region.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Pentagon Chief Orders New Inquiry Into U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens in Syria

A four-star Army general will review reports that dozens of civilians were killed in a 2019 strike and that top military officers and civilian officials sought to conceal it.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #garrett-michael-xavier, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir

The former defense secretary sued the agency, saying that portions of the book were being concealed “under the guise of classification.”

#a-sacred-oath-book, #books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Prison

With 6,000 residents and the feel of a college campus, the U.S. Navy base has some of the trappings of small-town America, and some of a police state.

#defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-bases-and-installations, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pentagon Forms a Group to Examine Unexplained Aerial Sightings

The announcement follows a report that failed to clarify strange phenomena observed by military pilots and others over the past two decades.

#defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

U.S. Tries to Convince Arab Allies It Isn’t Quitting Middle East

The defense secretary faced tough questions about how countries were supposed to deal with a U.S. national security policy that upends itself with each president.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #bahrain, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #international-institute-for-strategic-studies, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Met With Xi. But Is His China Policy Right?

The truth is, America’s national security depends on cooperation a lot more than competition.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #solar-energy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Pentagon Chief Orders Briefing on 2019 Syria Airstrike That Killed Dozens

A Times investigation found that dozens of women and children were killed in the bombing, which the military sought to conceal.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

The Pentagon’s latest admission illustrates the botched intelligence behind the strike that mistakenly killed 10 civilians in August.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Google Wants to Work With the Pentagon Again, Despite Employee Concerns

Three years ago, the company walked away from a Defense Department project after employees objected to it. Now the company is working on a new proposal for the Pentagon.

#amazon-com-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #google-inc, #israel, #kurian-thomas-r-1966, #microsoft-corp, #pichai-sundar, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

China Could Have 1,000 Nuclear Warheads by 2030, Pentagon Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Beijing the “No. 1” nation-state military challenger to the United States.

#china, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #milley-mark-a, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #nuclear-weapons, #russia, #stockholm-international-peace-research-institute, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Military Grants Few Coronavirus Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Military Grants Few Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl

The story of 8-year-old Asma, injured by a U.S. tear-gas canister, echoes the heartbreak and heroism of the 20-year American misadventure in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #military-bases-and-installations, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

U.S. Pledges to Pay Family of Those Killed in Botched Kabul Drone Strike

The Pentagon offered unspecified amounts to relatives of the 10 civilians who died in Aug. 29 attack and agreed to help relocate those who want to move to the U.S.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kabul-afghanistan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

After a frenzied effort to evacuate Afghans who had worked with the U.S., members of Congress are now focusing on the stranded relatives of American troops.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

What AUKUS Means for U.S.-China Great Power Competition

As experts hail the AUKUS agreement, the Biden administration should ensure it does not reflect a self-defeating concept of great power competition.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federation-of-american-scientists, #france, #great-britain, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #submarines-and-submersibles, #taiwan, #tools, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium, #victoria-university-of-wellington

The U.S. Military Said It Was an ISIS Safe House. We Found an Afghan Family Home.

Even as the military apologized for killing 10 civilians by mistake in a drone strike in Kabul, it insisted its target had stopped by an ISIS “safe house.” The New York Times found that the building was actually a family home.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #defense-department, #kabul-afghanistan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #your-feed-visual-investigations

The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

The military’s satellites excel at spotting new blazes, but for decades they have been mostly off limits to civilian firefighters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-budget-us, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #satellites, #schiff-adam-b, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

General Milley Back in the Center of a Political Battle

Gen. Mark Milley will appear in what could be the most significant televised congressional hearing involving senior military leaders in years.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #milley-mark-a, #peril-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

This Is No Way to Run a Democracy

“What the country really needs is some sort of Biden-Get-Your-Groove-Back campaign.”

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-public-works, #military-aircraft, #national-debt-us, #quayle-dan, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Botched Drone Strike in Kabul Started With the Wrong Car

An errant strike that killed 10 civilians has called into question the reliability of the intelligence that will be used to conduct future U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #al-qaeda, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-international-airport, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Downside of High Trust in the Military

The gap between trust in the military and trust in civilian institutions of government helps explain our 20 years in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Pentagon Asks Personnel to Report Any Symptoms of Mysterious Ailments

The episodes, known as Havana syndrome, have left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #china, #cuba, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #russia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kabul-afghanistan, #kirby-john-f, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Judge at Guantánamo Says 9/11 Trial Start is at Least a Year Away

The judge set out the timeline while rejecting two defense challenges that he was unqualified and should suspend the proceedings until he was up to speed.

#attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccall-matthew-n, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #shibh-ramzi-muhammad-abdullah-bin-al

Biden Urges Unity as Nation Remembers Sept. 11

Both President Biden and former President George W. Bush acknowledged that what has happened in the years since has only challenged the notion that Americans found strength in coming together.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #defense-department, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #harris-kamala-d, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Proceedings in 9/11 Case Resume, and Then Are Delayed Again

Days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the five men accused of plotting them returned to court after a long shutdown, only to have the hearing quickly recessed.

#central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #hawsawi-mustafa-ahmed-al, #martins-mark-s, #mccall-matthew-n, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watkins-douglas-k

I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iraq, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

20 Years After 9/11, Top National Security Posts Sit Empty

Two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks, there are again dozens of unfilled Senate-confirmed national security positions.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #defense-department, #homeland-security-department, #national-security-council, #partnership-for-public-service, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #senate, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden’s Push Show Some Early Success

The military and Department of Veterans Affairs see vaccination rates increase, as do some companies and states, but they have a long way to go.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #mandates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Military Analysis Raises Questions About Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A preliminary analysis said that it was “possible to probable” that explosives were in the car and that drone operators took only a cursory scan of the courtyard before launching an attack.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-international-airport, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #milley-mark-a, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

I Was Sexually Harassed at the Pentagon. Here’s What Happened Next.

When I arrived at the office, the reality that awaited me was the one I’d never imagined: the best-case scenario.

#defense-department, #discrimination, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Inside the Afghan Evacuation: Rogue Flights, Hope and Chaos

President Biden has insisted that the evacuation of Kabul was done as efficiently as possible. But key documents obtained by The New York Times suggest otherwise.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #doha-qatar, #dulles-international-airport-washington-dc, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #qatar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #washington-dc