Evidence of more than a dozen cases of soldiers who passed the rigorous health screening given recruits — and yet were diagnosed, after serving in Iraq, with a pre-existing “personality disorder.”
Fifty military veterans speak on the record about attacks on Iraqi civilians
Many troops in Iraq want to remain there. Democrats, haunted by the legacy of Vietnam, want to bring them back. But they need to realize that arguing in the name of the troops won’t work.
Though the U.S. Army in Iraq is training the Iraqi Police, many worry that the militiamen who infiltrate the police cadre will use their newfound knowledge to turn on the Americans or rival sects.
He took shrapnel to the head in Ramadi, Iraq. But instead of care, he got booted from the Army for an alleged pre-existing “personality disorder.”
Jeremy Scahill reports on the Bush administration’s growing dependence on private security forces such as Blackwater USA and efforts in Congress to rein them in. This article is adapted from his new book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books).
Will the mammoth contractor be forced to pay the U.S. government $400 million because they violated military policy by hiring Blackwater to provide security for them rather than the military?
Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. With its own military base, a fleet of 20 aircraft, and 20,000 troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the “global war on terror.”
The Kurds have almost no natural resources and suffer from a culture of corruption. But their call for autonomy is a serious threat to the building of a united Iraq.
Bush’s Special Presidential Envoy to Iraq, James Baker, has a classic conflict of interest: to reduce — and to maximize — the country’s debt burden.