Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan’s North After Swift Offensive

The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bagram-air-base-afghanistan, #faryab-province-afghanistan, #ghani-ashraf, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

It is not just U.S. troops who are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Thousands of private contractors — who help keep the Afghan Air Force flying, among other tasks — are leaving as well.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Will Senators Inhofe and Reed Stand Against a Bill to Protect Service Members?

The military justice system is in dire need of an overhaul. Two senators are standing athwart a bipartisan fix.

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #inhofe-james-m, #reed-jack, #senate, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Congress Rushes to Help Afghans Seeking Visas for Helping U.S.

With President Biden planning to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is rushing to bring Afghans facing retribution to the United States.

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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

The decision brings to 11 the number who have been approved to be sent elsewhere, but the Biden administration has yet to name a point person to negotiate transfers with other governments.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #authorization-for-use-of-military-force, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #iraq-war-2003-11, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

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F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress

In two separate hearings, the F.B.I. director and Pentagon officials answered questions about the failure to adequately prepare for and respond to the Jan. 6 attack.

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Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia

The plan for a “train and assist” mission would partly reverse President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal of nearly all American ground forces from the country.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drones-pilotless-planes, #maier-christopher-p, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Contested Elections Are a Danger to Our Military

If intense political partisanship is allowed to creep into the ranks, it could fracture the chain of command. 

#presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

Many Americans want this painful chapter closed, but supporting Afghanistan remains in our national security interest.

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Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal With a Nuclear-Free Persian Gulf

Regional rivalries lie at the heart of opposition to the nuclear pact. Could a revived agreement chart a better path?

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #nuclear-weapons, #security-council-un, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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A Path of Forgiveness After Unimaginable Loss in Iraq

An engineer’s wife, daughter and other family members were killed in a misguided airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition. But Basim Razzo would rather sow understanding than hatred.

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The Pentagon Papers’ Lessons Went Unlearned

As a soldier in Vietnam, I already knew what the Pentagon Papers revealed. In the years since, America’s leaders have repeated the same mistakes.

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Defense Secretary Backs Changes to Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Lloyd Austin signaled support for removing sexual assault cases from the military chain of command but declined to endorse a broader measure to deal with other serious crimes.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind

A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #defense-department, #state-department, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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As Military Addresses Diversity, Republicans See Culture War Target

The Pentagon’s leadership is taking steps to promote inclusion in the military, prompting a political backlash.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #conservatism-us-politics, #defense-department, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Marine Major General Disciplined Over Deadly 2020 Training Accident

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi is the latest in a string of officers relieved of their duties after the deaths of nine service members off the coast of Southern California.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #california, #castellvi-robert-f, #deaths-fatalities, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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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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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case on Military Draft

The justices had been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #national-coalition-for-men, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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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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Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

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Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

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‘Find Him and Kill Him’: An Afghan Pilot’s Desperate Escape

Threatened by the Taliban and considered AWOL by the Afghan military, a decorated helicopter pilot fled for the United States with his wife and daughter.

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Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

U.F.O.s were once a taboo topic for the U.S. government, but not anymore. A long anticipated report on them is due this month.

#defense-department, #reid-harry, #rubio-marco, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Old-Guard Senators Defy Changes in How Military Treats Sex Assault Cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has won broad backing for legislation that would cut out the military chain of command in such cases. Now she faces another big hurdle.

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There’s a Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military.

Troops are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow service member than shot by an enemy in war.

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There’s a Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military. Congress Can Stop It.

Service members are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier than shot by an enemy at war. The crisis persists because of an archaic set of rules that gives commanders control over whether perpetrators are prosecuted. In this video guest essay, a Republican senator, a former military prosecutor and a survivor call for sexual assault cases to be handled by independent, specialized prosecutors.

#senate, #sex-crimes, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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A Siege, a Supply Run and a Descent Into a Decade-Old Battle

‘Do you have body armor?’ the Afghan pilot asked us as we prepared for a trip to outposts surrounded by the Taliban.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #marja-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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North Korea Releases Its First Response to Moon-Biden Summit

In its first reaction to President Biden’s summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, North Korean state media warned of an arms race.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #korean-war, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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On Memorial Day, the Veterans Who Bury Their Own

The veterans who work at Calverton National Cemetery view their job as a sacred duty and final act of fellowship.

#afghanistan, #calverton-national-cemetery, #cemeteries, #funerals-and-memorials, #national-cemetery-administration, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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We Were Called to Sacrifice as a Nation. We Didn’t Answer.

The need to look beyond war for some non-martial way to cultivate communal responsibility is more urgent now than ever.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #memorial-day, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Way of the Conscientious Objector

A philosophical and moral conversion led this soldier to leave the military. Why don’t more take this path? 

#ali-muhammad, #buddhism, #conscientious-objectors, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #iraq-war-2003-11, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

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At Naval Academy Graduation, Harris to Focus on Strengthening a ‘Fragile’ World

Vice President Kamala Harris, the school’s first female commencement speaker, is expected to use her speech to address some of the Biden administration’s most urgent challenges.

#black-people, #commencement-speeches, #harris-kamala-d, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-naval-academy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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‘Apocalypse ’45’ Review: Graphic Images of Wartime

Candid testimonies from World War II veterans accompanies vivid archival footage in this immersive documentary that showcases the myths we tell ourselves about war.

#apocalypse45-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #japan, #nelson-erik-filmmaker, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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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.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #baghlan-province-afghanistan, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #military-bases-and-installations, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wardak-afghanistan

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John Warner, Genteel Senator From Virginia, Dies at 94

In his 30 years in the Senate, the former Navy secretary was a leading Republican voice on military policy. He was also once married to Elizabeth Taylor.

#deaths-obituaries, #elections-senate, #senate, #taylor-elizabeth-1932-2011, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #warner-john-w

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Biden and Moon Jae-in Get the North Korea Nuclear Crisis Wrong

The U.S. and the South Korean presidents’ approach to solving the North Korean nuclear crisis is doomed to failure.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #kim-jong-un, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

American troops are set to be out by early to mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline, even as big issues remain unresolved.

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Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

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Congress Now Supersedes Generals on Military Issues

The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #hagel-chuck, #kaine-timothy-m, #milley-mark-a, #nunn-sam, #obama-barack, #petraeus-david-h, #september-11-2001, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Harry Reid: What We Believe About U.F.O.s

We still don’t know what they are — but we may be close to finding out.

#defense-department, #science-and-technology, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Two Soldiers, Ten Years Later

How the war in Afghanistan — America’s longest conflict — shaped the lives of two members of the military.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bin-laden-osama, #dao-james, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #winter-damon

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How Military Quagmires Have Caught Mighty Powers by Surprise

Both the British and the Americans were unable to defeat enemies they thought would be pushovers.

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Biden Administration Clears 3 Guantánamo Detainees for Release

The men, none of whom were ever charged, would be sent to countries that agree to impose security conditions on them. But it is not clear where they will go or when.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #paracha-saifullah, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What We Can Learn From Fearless Girls

Afghanistan shows that change comes through teachers as well as troops.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #education-k-12, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls

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Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers

Tossing their masks, jumping on side-by-side treadmills, sharing peanuts next to fellow sports fans, the vaccinated find special freedoms await.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evite, #health-clubs, #major-league-baseball, #parties-social, #restaurants, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jessen-bruce, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #mitchell-james-e, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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University of South Carolina President Resigns After Speech Blunders

Robert Caslen, a retired Army lieutenant general, was accused of failing to credit a lengthy passage in a commencement speech he delivered.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #books-and-literature, #caslen-robert-l-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #commencement-speeches, #mcraven-william-h, #plagiarism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #university-of-south-carolina, #university-of-texas-at-austin

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What the War in Afghanistan Looks Like on the Front Line

As bullets from a Taliban machine gun ricocheted through the street below, an Afghan soldier wearing an “I Heart Kabul” T-shirt took a brief rest. “There has been fighting day and night.”

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #lashkar-gah-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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