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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Soldier’s father: Army ‘broke’ his son

The father of a U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow troops in Iraq said his son "forfeited his life" but the military bears some responsibility for the rampage.

Wilburn Russell said Tuesday that 44-year-old Army Sgt. John M. Russell wasn’t typically a violent person, but counselors "broke" him before gunfire erupted in a military stress center Monday in Baghdad.

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Did U.S. – Taliban clash kill 95 children?

Ninety-five Afghan children are among the 140 people said to have died in a recent U.S.-Taliban battle in western Afghanistan, according to a list drawn up by Afghan officials, a lawmaker said Wednesday. The U.S. military disputed the claim.

Afghans blame U.S. airstrikes for the deaths and destruction in the villages of Gerani and Ganjabad in Farah province.

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Now, it’s Obama’s war

We hope the White House and Pentagon thought long and carefully before relieving Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, just short of the halfway mark of his two-year tour there. He is, after all, the general who led the lightning-fast 2003 ground war in Iraq.

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Failing to deliver the news

As we lament the fact that our newspapers are either on the skids or on the blocks, America’s two most famous — The New York Times and Washington Post — just showed us again that they are often great but not always good.

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Obama to restore Gitmo trials

President Barack Obama is to announce this week that he is reviving controversial military trials for terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, US officials said.

But Obama, who sharply criticized the use of military commissions to try extremists under his predecessor George W. Bush, may ask lawmakers to expand legal protections for detainees, the officials said Tuesday, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

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Experience will shape Obama’s court pick

Before the court comes the courting.

President Barack Obama, zeroing on his first nomination to the Supreme Court, is reaching out Wednesday to senators he knows can set the tone and pace of the upcoming confirmation.

The president will meet at the White House with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

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Sara Palin signs book deal

Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor pulled from the U.S. political periphery onto the 2008 Republican presidential ticket, has signed a deal to write her memoirs with HarperCollins.

Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential pick, did not disclose how much she would be paid by the publisher, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

"This is an incredible opportunity and I am excited to work with HarperCollins to tell my story and Alaska’s story," Palin said in a statement.

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