Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Once vengefully drained by Saddam Hussein, the wetlands in southeastern Iraq have since been partially restored. Now the region and its isolated settlements face a new set of challenges.

#deserts, #drought, #euphrates-river, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #photography, #tigris-river, #water, #wetlands

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

#al-qaeda-in-mesopotamia, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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Pentagon Begins Independent Inquiry Into Special Ops and War Crimes

The Defense Department inspector general will examine whether elite U.S. commando forces are doing enough to comply with the laws of armed conflict and hold violators accountable.

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War and the Capitol

I watched the video with my heart in my throat — the rage, the chaos and destruction for the sake of spectacle. It reminded me of battle.

#iraq-war-2003-11, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Trump’s Most Disgusting Pardons

Blackwater mercenaries committed a massacre. Now they’ll go free.

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Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #baghdad-iraq, #blackwater-worldwide, #defense-contracts, #heard-dustin-laurent, #iraq-war-2003-11, #liberty-evan-s, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prince-erik-d, #slatten-nicholas-a, #slough-paul-a, #trump-donald-j, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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‘Is Austin on Your List?’: Biden’s Pentagon Pick Rose Despite Barriers to Diversity

With retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III’s nomination to be the first Black defense secretary, the Pentagon comes face to face with its record as a place where people of color struggle to climb.

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Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia

While the number of troops — about 700 — is small, it is a continuation of President Trump’s efforts to withdraw the United States from what he has described as endless wars.

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Two Costly Wars, and a Legacy of Shame

The troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan planned by the Trump administration amount to a painful admission: We lost.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #iraq-war-2003-11, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Facing the end of his time in power, the president is pushing to accelerate withdrawals from counterterrorism conflicts. He campaigned on ending the longstanding wars.

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From Iraq, an Intimate Glimpse of the Religious Holiday of Arbaeen

Every year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the Shiite holiday of Arbaeen, one of the largest organized gatherings in the world.

#hussein-saddam, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #karbala-iraq, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #photography, #pilgrimages, #shiite-muslims, #travel-and-vacations

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The Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified

Why do we keep mistaking data for knowledge?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #iraq-war-2003-11, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology

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Refugees Who Assisted U.S. Military Denied Entry Into U.S.

President Trump has reduced the flow of refugees into the country to a trickle, and even Iraqis and Afghans who risked their lives for American service members have been cut off.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #iraq-war-2003-11, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #translation-and-interpreters, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn’t Match Military Reality

President Trump has brought home few American combat troops over all even as his pressure campaign against Iran risks a new Middle East conflict.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #syria, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

#baghdad-iraq, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kataib-hezbollah, #muhandis-abu-mahdi-al-1954-2020, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Fake Guns, Fictional Battles, Real Uniforms: Inside the Immersive World of MilSim

Veterans, gamers, history buffs and gun enthusiasts are shelling out to take part in military simulations.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #firearms, #iraq-war-2003-11, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Biden Wants to Return to a ‘Normal’ Foreign Policy. That’s the Problem.

America can’t go back to being everywhere and solving every problem.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #democratic-party, #iraq-war-2003-11, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Why the United States Invaded Iraq

Robert Draper’s “To Start a War” provides the deep background on the decisions that took America into war in the Middle East.

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Inside the Iraqi Kleptocracy

Corruption, as much as violence, makes Iraq unlivable. It helped fuel the rise of ISIS. And America provides the cash to sustain it, at least $10 billion a year in hard currency.

#corruption-institutional, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Colin Powell Still Wants Answers

In 2003, he made the case for invading Iraq to halt its weapons programs. The analysts who provided the intelligence now say it was doubted inside the C.I.A. at the time.

#armitage-richard-l, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #cheney-dick, #franks-tommy-r, #general-assembly-un, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #libby-i-lewis-jr, #mclaughlin-john-e, #powell-colin-l, #rice-condoleezza, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #tenet-george-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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2004: ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and a Country at War With Itself

In this moment of polarization and racial justice, our critic looks back at Michael Moore’s smash documentary about the Iraq war and ‘The Notebook.’

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U.S. Commandos at Risk for Suicide: Is the Military Doing Enough?

An unreleased report commissioned by U.S. Special Operations Command found deficiencies in the military’s suicide-prevention programs for its elite troops.

#iraq-war-2003-11, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #votel-joseph-l

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Joe Biden Needs to Learn an Urgent Lesson From the 2004 Election

Bush survived the Iraq war. Trump has mishandled the coronavirus and the protests, but Americans care more about plans going forward.

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