In Afghanistan, Collecting Scrap Metal Is a Risky Pursuit

Discarded metal left by decades of conflict has become a livelihood for impoverished Afghans. But many have been killed by unexploded munitions.

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How America Watches for a Nuclear Strike

Hundreds of satellites and spacecraft are keeping an eye on Russia’s nuclear forces from above. So far, they haven’t seen much to worry about.

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Booms, Smoke and Fire Signal Horror of Russian Attack on Base

Residents of a town near Poland’s border awoke to frightful sounds and an awareness they were no longer safe.

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‘Inadequate’ Security Led to Deaths of 3 Americans in Kenya Attack, Report Finds

The inquiry also found shortcomings in the sharing of intelligence before the deadly assault by the Shabab in 2020.

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North Korea Builds ICBM Base Near China to Deter U.S.

The location is meant to protect its most powerful weapons from pre-emptive strikes, allowing the military to expand an already rapidly growing arsenal.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #military-bases-and-installations, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons

Gunfire Rattles Burkina Faso’s Capital as Soldiers Revolt

The government denied rumors of a coup, but soldiers who want changes to the campaign against Islamists appear to have taken control of several military bases.

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At Bagram Air Base, a Notorious Prison Lies Empty

Taliban fighters now guard the prison at Bagram Air Base, which once held thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda members who were set free in August.

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At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

U.S. officials concede that the system was unprepared.

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In Hawaii, Fears Grow Over Unsafe Levels of Petroleum in Drinking Water

State health officials warned residents at a military base near Pearl Harbor to avoid using the water after the Navy found petroleum in samples taken from one of its wells.

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Inside the U.S. Military Base Where 11,000 Afghans Are Starting Over

A New Jersey military base is the only site accepting new Afghan arrivals from overseas. It holds more evacuees than any other U.S. safe haven.

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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.

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Strike on U.S. Base Was Iranian Response to Israeli Attack, Officials Say

Iran has not acknowledged the attack, but U.S. and Israeli officials said it was retaliation for Israeli airstrikes, drawing the U.S. into Iran’s shadow war with Israel.

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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.

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Army Base Names Are Changing. But to What?

Congress mandated renaming military bases that commemorate Confederate leaders. The communities around them are now weighing in.

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Afghans Wait in a New Jersey ‘Tent City’ to Start a New Life

On a military base in New Jersey, 8,500 people who fled their country as it fell to the Taliban await the next step in their journey.

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The ‘Tent City’ in NJ Where Refugees from Afghanistan Wait to Start a New Life

On a military base in New Jersey, 8,500 people who fled their country as it fell to the Taliban await the next step in their journey.

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Thousands of Afghans on American Military Bases Await Resettlement

Many who left the country in August are waiting for medical and security screenings and flights from overseas that were halted by measles.

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In Spain, California-Style Design and a Popular Golf Course

Sixty-five years ago, a gated community and golf course was built for American military personnel stationed near Zaragoza. Over the years, its allure has only grown.

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Our Afghanistan Failure and the American Empire in Retreat

There are very few paths back to just being an ordinary nation that don’t involve a truly wrenching fall.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #military-bases-and-installations, #roman-civilization, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Ramstein Air Base Becomes Temporary Refuge for Afghans

About a fifth of all people evacuated from Kabul were brought to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where they await the next leg of their journey, to the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #germany, #military-bases-and-installations, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Felix Hall, a Soldier Lynched at Fort Benning, Is Remembered After 80 Years

No one was ever charged in his death in 1941. This month, a memorial was dedicated in Georgia — and a historian finally found a photograph of the young soldier.

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The Relics of America’s War in Afghanistan

Just a mile from Bagram Air Base, where U.S. forces departed on Thursday, shops sell items left over from two decades of fighting. Each one tells a story.

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U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.

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C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

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Air Force Tries Virtual Reality to Stem Suicide and Sexual Assault

Officials are hoping that an immersive virtual reality experience aimed at getting airmen to intervene will succeed where years of traditional training have failed.

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A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

Dozens of besieged outposts or bases, and four district centers, have given up to the insurgents this month, in an accelerating rural collapse as American troops leave.

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Biden’s Taiwan Policy Is Truly, Deeply Reckless

If the administration continues on this path, it will increase the odds of a catastrophic war.

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Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

The scenes over the weekend were almost as if a trillion-dollar effort had morphed into a garage sale.

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General Warns of Challenges to Tracking Terrorist Threats in Afghanistan After U.S. Exits

The military is examining where it can reposition troops to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a terrorist base.

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In Turkey’s Failed Coup, Trainees Face the Same Stiff Punishments as Generals

The families of trainee pilots sentenced to life in prison broke their silence to protest the men’s innocence. The pilots are among more than 600 trainees and conscripts swept up in prosecutions.

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

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Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Where U.S. Troops Are Stationed

At least 10 missiles were fired on the Ain al-Asad air base one week after U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

#iraq, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

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Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

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In a Widening News Desert on the Border, a Tabloid Start-Up Defies the Odds

People in Del Rio, Texas, complain that nothing ever happens there. Those are fighting words for the publisher of The 830 Times, though he admits that keeping his paper afloat might be the biggest news of all.

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Trump’s Confederate Base Veto Threat Imperils Defense Bill

Senator James Inhofe is pressing to jettison a broadly supported requirement to strip the names of Confederate leaders from military bases, a provision the president opposes.

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Military Judge in U.S. Held Court by Video Link to Guantánamo Bay

The Pentagon staged its first “Zoom Court” linking the courtroom at Guantánamo Bay to a secret location in the United States for a classified hearing in a military commissions case.

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The ‘Gut Wrenching’ Sacrifice of Military Moms

Building a successful career often means long deployments away from kids and home.

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Trump Is Wrong about TikTok. China’s Plans Are Much More Sinister.

The West still doesn’t understand the scale of Beijing’s soft-power ambitions.

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He Killed a Transgender Woman in the Philippines. Why Was He Freed?

The pardon of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton by President Rodrigo Duterte is the final chapter in a case that reignited debate over old defense treaties.

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U.S. Military Seeks Authority to Expand Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya

Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after a Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent.

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Rise in Virus Cases Near Bases in U.S. and Abroad Poses Test for Military

American military officials are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks while tackling logistical problems like relieving troops overseas.

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Defying Trump, Lawmakers Move to Strip Military Bases of Confederate Names

The push by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress sets up an election-year veto fight with the president, and shows how he has isolated himself even from members of his own party on the issue.

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Coronavirus Outbreak at U.S. Bases in Japan Roils an Uneasy Relationship

The Marines reported 94 new cases on Okinawa, an island that had seen just 148 other infections. Local officials say the military is not doing enough.

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Milley Calls for ‘Hard Look’ at Renaming Bases Honoring Confederates

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House hearing that “there is no place in our armed forces for manifestations, or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”

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As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’

After plastic explosives and Nazi memorabilia were found at an elite soldier’s home, Germany worries about a problem of far-right infiltration at the heart of its democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #anti-semitism, #defense-and-military-forces, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #military-bases-and-installations, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

After Iranian Missile Facility Blows Up, Conspiracy Theories Abound in Tehran

Satellite photographs show the explosion happened at a missile production facility. Iran said the episode was a gas explosion at a different military base.

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N.Y.C. Protests: Teenager’s Injuries Under Investigation

A teenager was hit with a stun gun during a protest in the Bronx on June 1. His family and the police gave different accounts of what led to the incident.

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These Are the 10 U.S. Army Installations Named for Confederates

A debate is unfolding over whether to rename the installations, as part of a broader national reckoning over buildings, monuments and memorials to men who fought to preserve slavery and uphold white supremacy.

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Reactionaries Are Having a Bad Month

But they’ll be dangerous in the months ahead.

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