Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Obituaries Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySam Roberts May 23, 2018 Joan Wile, a former songwriter and actress who in her 70s weaponized the power of grandmotherhood by organizing a nine-year-long weekly vigil by fellow venerable protesters against the war in Iraq, died on May 4 in Nanuet, N.Y. She was 86. The cause was complications of diabetes, her son, Ron Wasserman, said. Ms. Wile had written letters and marched against the war, but it was a horrific photograph in Time magazine — of a 12-year-old Iraqi boy who had been burned and lost both arms and whose family had been killed by American bombs — that galvanized her to do even more. “I’ve got to do something,” Ms. Wile later recalled saying to herself. “Suddenly the word ‘grandmother’ popped into my head. ‘Wow,’ I thought, … [Read more...] about Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86
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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
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.
An Army soldier who graduated from Fort Mill High School has died in Iraq. Spc. Javion “Jay” Shavonte Sullivan, 24, died Monday from what the Department of Defense said was a “non-combat related incident,” according to a statement. Sullivan, assigned to a signal company based out of Fort Hood in Texas, was killed in Anbar Province in Iraq, officials said. The incident is under investigation but no other details have been released. Javion leaves a wife, Rayven, and daughter, Mahogany, 3, his family said. “He was not only our hero, he was the community’s hero and the country’s hero,” said Cynthia Sullivan, Javion’s mother. “He knew the sacrifice that could come with his decision. I take solace in that he had a passion for service, for the military, for his country.” Cynthia Sullivan, who still lives in Indian Land in Lancaster County, said that she “begged” her son not to enlist, but he told her that was what … [Read more...] about Army soldier, former wrestler at Fort Mill High, dies in Iraq in push against ISIS
Two Democrats are vying to replace Rep. Don Bacon this year — nonprofit executive Kara Eastman and former congressman Brad Ashford. It’s not clear the extent to which foreign policy will factor into this year’s elections. Public debate recently has focused more on domestic policy areas such as the economy, health care and taxes. But Bacon will certainly tout his background and expertise in military matters. [After recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, Don Bacon is upbeat about progress in both countries] For his part, Ashford served on the House Armed Services Committee during his one term in Congress and traveled to the Middle East as well. Ashford praised progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the military has done a tremendous job in both countries and adding that he thinks the success was enabled by the work of the Armed Services Committee during his time on the panel. He highlighted some of the same concerns in both countries that were … [Read more...] about Democratic candidates Brad Ashford, Kara Eastman talk U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., is upbeat about progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan after a recent trip to the region. Bacon characterized the scene in Afghanistan as improving since President Donald Trump outlined an approach back in August that includes additional troops and no calendar deadline for withdrawal. Morale has improved among Afghan forces and Taliban fighters have been losing ground even though they still control large swaths of territory, Bacon said. “Can we sustain it? That remains to be seen,” Bacon told The World-Herald. But he said there have been gains since August. The war in Afghanistan is in the latter half of its second decade. Over the years, policymakers have talked often about increasing the independence of Afghan forces, Taliban losses and shifts in momentum. But it’s not clear U.S. military operations there will be ending anytime soon. Bacon, a retired Air Force brigadier general, noted that the United States still … [Read more...] about After recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, Don Bacon is upbeat about progress in both countries
0 View Comments AIM, the AOL program first popularized in 1997 by shy kids chatting with their crushes before the age of smartphones, signed off for the last time Friday. The news of its disappearance may be the first time younger millennials have heard of AIM. But for a cadre of veterans who grew up in the 1990s and served overseas after the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, AIM and other messengers were the connective tissue between friends and family - a digital version of the centuries-old tradition of battlefields crisscrossed with letters to and from home. Former Army infantryman Josh Martell was deployed in Iraq in 2006 with the essentials: extra batteries for rifle optics, tightly rolled undershirts and an AIM screen name, Jmert21. By then, Iraq's sprawling forward operating bases hosted internet cafes in hastily built shacks and tents, often staffed by local citizens or American contractors. Related: How U.S. weapons helped the Islamic State fuel ‘the industrial … [Read more...] about AIM is dead. But it was a critical lifeline for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.