close Video US drops record number of bombs on Taliban in Afghanistan Lucas Tomlinson reports on the escalating military campaign in the region. As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan. In April 2017, American and allied jets dropped over 3,000 bombs on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But a year later, aircrafts dropped just 254 bombs, a sign of how much the war against ISIS has changed, according to a new strike report released over the weekend from the U.S. Air Force. Throughout April, the U.S. military dropped the second-highest amount of bombs in Afghanistan in six-and-a-half years, the Air Force report said. The 562 bombs dropped in Afghanistan last month were more than the combined March and April totals in Iraq and Syria. Video Air Force deploys A-10 ground attack aircraft to Afghanistan As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of … [Read more...] about As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan
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Good Wednesday morning. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (5775), begins at sundown. CNN's Jake Tapper emails: “I’m still writing 5774 on my checks.” FIRST PERSON – “I Was a Pair of Boots on the Ground in Iraq: Don’t kid yourself, Mr. President: We already have troops in combat,” by Clay Hanna, who served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2008, is currently an officer in the Tennessee National Guard: “[Y]ou know those boots on the ground everybody’s still discussing whether we should deploy? Well, they’re already there. We are already effectively engaged in combat in Iraq, in direct contradiction of what President Obama said when he announced he was taking action against the Islamic State terrorists, telling the American people in an address from the White House that the mission ‘will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.’ ... Story Continued Below “Like John F. Kennedy’s … [Read more...] about AN ARMY OFFICER who led patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan has a message for President Obama – POOL REPORT controversy — HILLARY’S NUDGE to bankers — ABC NEWS party on Manhattan rooftop
BAGHDAD - After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy. Panetta stepped off his military plane in Baghdad Thursday as the leader of America's war in Iraq, but will leave as one of many top U.S. and global officials who hope to work with the struggling nation as it tries to find its new place in the Middle East and the broader world. More than 100,000 Iraqis have been killed since the U.S. invasion in 2003, according to the Iraq Body Count website. Bombings and gun battles are still common. And experts are concerned about the Iraqi security force's ability to defend the nation against foreign threats. Still, Panetta said earlier this week, the war "has not been in vain." Obama to troops: "Welcome home"Video: Obama says Iraq's fate now in Iraqi handsU.S. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U.S. officially shuts down war in Iraq
Mary Jordan, The Washington Post Published 5:33 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Photo: Matt McClain, The Washington Post Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Angel Chitnatham leads a session on fundraising during a Veterans Campaign workshop last month in Washington. The nonpartisan group assists people who hope to run for office after their military careers. Must credit: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain less Angel Chitnatham leads a session on fundraising during a Veterans Campaign workshop last month in Washington. The nonpartisan group assists people who hope to run for office after their military careers. Must ... more Photo: Matt McClain, The Washington Post After Iraq and Afghanistan, pioneering women in the military set sights on Congress 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In Amy McGrath's pitch to voters in … [Read more...] about After Iraq and Afghanistan, pioneering women in the military set sights on Congress
0 View Comments The Department of Veterans Affairs is coming under increasing pressure to change its motto to include female veterans, through an effort championed by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest organization representing post-9/11 veterans. At issue is an 1865 quote from Abraham Lincoln, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” The quote was from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and became the motto for VA 59 years ago. Plaques with the motto are often the first thing veterans see when entering hospitals and community care centers across the country. Related: Army to send female infantry, armor officers to Fort Carson, 2 more bases IAVA Executive Director Allison Jaslow said her calls for a change since last March, including astrongly worded letter in October, were ignored by VA Secretary David Shulkin. A spokesman for Shulkin, Curt Cashour, … [Read more...] about Is the VA motto outdated and sexist? The head of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group thinks so.