An Attack on Two Courageous Journalists

An Afghan police commander charged with protecting a convoy of election workers walked up to a car carrying two of my friends and opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle today. He fired only into the rear door, where Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were sitting, avoiding the male Afghan driver and an assistant. The […]

Iraqi Court Rulings Stop at US Detention Sites

In the eyes of Iraqi justice, Yahya Ali Humadi is a free man. To the U.S. military, he’s another of the detainees in yellow jumpsuits held at the sprawling Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. Humadi — ordered released nine months ago after an Iraqi judge dropped all charges — now spends his days in a […]

PX system sets up food courts, retail stores for troops in Iraq

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2005 (AP) _ Pass the ammunition and a slice of pizza. U.S. soldiers in Iraq spend hours _ sometimes days _ on patrol hunting insurgents and dodging roadside bombs. But when they get back to base, they can pick up a case of Dr Pepper, buy the latest DVD and […]

Joy for Some, Heartbreak for Others as GIs Come Marching Home from Iraq

FT. STEWART, Ga.: Sept. 3, 2003 (AP) _ When it was finally over and his men were out of Iraq, 1st Sgt. Cedric Burns let out a huge sigh of relief. He had kept a promise few professional soldiers would dare to make. Ten months earlier he had promised the families of his 165 combat […]

For One Infantry Officer, War is a Test of Courage, Endurance – and Simple Decency

BAGHDAD, Iraq: April 18, 2003 (AP) _ Toward sundown, on a patch of Kuwaiti desert 10 miles south of the Iraqi border, the first sergeant of Attack Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment called the men to attention. Their commander, Army Capt. Chris Carter, a 31-year-old soldier from Watkinsville, Ga., strode up to the formation […]

Safe house in 1960s style: Troops discover what they call a Saddam hideaway

BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 12, 2003 (AP) – The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy’s fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, airbrushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile. Troops thought it was the home of Saddam Hussein’s mistress, though on […]

Battling for a Bridge and a Town, U.S. Troops Risk Their Lives to Rescue an Elderly Woman

HINDIYAH, Iraq: March 31, 2003 (AP) _ “We’ve got to get her off that bridge,” he said. Capt. Chris Carter winced at the risks his men would have to take. Engaged in a lightning-fast raid for this Euphrates River town, they were battling for a bridge when _ through the smoke _ they saw the […]