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ACLU Sues Department of Defense Over Policy Barring Women From Combat

via Peter Henderson, Reuters The American Civil Liberties Union and four servicewomen sued the U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday to end a ban on women in combat, calling the military the last bastion of discrimination by the federal government and saying modern warfare has already put women in the line of fire. The civil rights … Continue reading

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Admits Extra-Marital Affair

via Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters CIA Director David Petraeus resigned as head of the leading U.S. spy agency on Friday, saying he had engaged in an extramarital affair and acknowledging he “showed extremely poor judgment.” In a letter to the CIA workforce, Petraeus, 60, said he met with President Barack Obama at the … Continue reading

U.S. Embassies, Allies Under Siege in Middle East

via David D. Kirkpatrick, Alan Cowell, and Rick Gladstone, The New York Times The violently anti-American rallies that have roiled the Islamic world over a video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad expanded on Friday to nearly a dozen countries, with demonstrators breaching the United States Embassy in Tunisia for the first time and protesters in Sudan’s … Continue reading

U.S. Ambassador To Libya Killed In Attack

via Jamie Dittmer, The Daily Beast The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three State Department officials were killed last night in a targeted rocket attack, after riots over a U.S. film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud. The assault came as the envoy sought to reach safety during a vicious Salafist assault … Continue reading

Army Suicides Doubled From June to July

via Robert Burns, The Huffington Post Suicides among active-duty soldiers in July more than doubled from June, accelerating a trend throughout the military this year that has prompted Pentagon leaders to redouble efforts to solve a puzzling problem. The Army, which is the only branch of the military that issues monthly press statements on suicides, … Continue reading

Chicago Is The World’s Deadliest City

via Cord Jefferson, Gawker Two months before alleged killer James Holmes stormed a Colorado movie theater, murdering 12 and injuring dozens more, police and politicians in a different place were trying to squelch the tremors from their own mass killing. It was in Chicago, over Memorial Day weekend, when police responded to more than 40 … Continue reading

U.N. Rapporteur: U.S. Drone Strikes Threaten 50 Years Of International Law

via Owen Bowcott, The Guardian The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told … Continue reading

The Hunt For Bin Laden Threatens Global Health

via David Ignatius, The Washington Post As an intelligence operation, it must have seemed like pure genius: Recruit a Pakistani doctor to collect blood samples that could identify Osama bin Laden’s family, under cover of an ongoing vaccination program. But as an ethical matter, it was something else. The CIA’s vaccination gambit put at risk … Continue reading

Mayor Emanuel Calling NATO Summit Historic, ‘The Chicago Accords’

via Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday offered Chicago area residents a new and compelling reason to welcome a NATO summit many are dreading as a giant inconvenience: a place in world history. No matter what happens with the thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Chicago outside McCormick Place, serious foreign … Continue reading

Grizzly Photos Show U.S. Troops Posing With Body Parts Of Afghan Bombers

[Editress’ Note: The photos can be seen here. They are not for the squeamish.] via David Zucchino, L.A. Times The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at … Continue reading

For Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress, Pain Killers Carry Risks

via James Dao, The New York Times Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to be prescribed opioid pain killers than other veterans with pain problems and more likely to use the opioids in risky ways, according to a study published Wednesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The study, published in the Journal of the American … Continue reading

Obama Says U.S. To Weigh Nations’ Treatment Of Gays In Issuing Foreign Aid

via Margaret Talev and Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg The Obama administration will weigh how countries treat gays and lesbians in making decisions about foreign aid, according to a presidential memorandum released by the White House. Laws prohibit same-sex sexual activity in many nations in the Middle East and Africa, and in two of the largest recipients … Continue reading

Op-Ed: Obama’s Steady Hand

via Tammy Duckworth, Politico On the 10th anniversary of sending troops to Afghanistan, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is due to give a foreign policy address in South Carolina. This is a good time to reflect on President Barack Obama’s record — and reflect where Romney and the Republican field could take us. The bottom … Continue reading

Many Afghans Shrug At ‘This Event Foreigners Call 9/11’

KABUL—The Sept. 11 attacks that triggered the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan also uprooted 16-year-old Abdul Ghattar from his village in war-torn Helmand province, bringing him to a desolate refugee camp on the edge of Kabul. Yet Mr. Ghattar stared blankly when asked whether he knew about al Qaeda’s strike on the U.S., launched a decade … Continue reading

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