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Witnesses in U.S. Army hearing call 2007 Iraq shootings unjustified

Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, 31, faces two counts of premeditated murder in the evidentiary Article 32 hearing being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “I thought, ‘What the heck is he doing?’” former soldier Kenneth Katter said of Barbera, his former supervisor. The Army investigated the case after some of Barbera’s team members came forward two years after the shooting. Barbera was found to have committed the killings, but was given a reprimand that carried no prison time or loss of rank, the Army said.

Posted on 25 April 2014 | 2:37 am

OBAMA’S ASIA TRIP IS MORE THAN IT MIGHT APPEAR

WASHINGTON — President Obama is off on his long-planned trip through Asia. It was supposed to be a top-form working trip in which he would show Asia what a “pivot” to the region — the word he has used to describe a new focus on Asia — really means. He was hoping to sign new trade agreements with several countries and, if possible, keep Japan and China from attacking each other. In Malaysia, the strange disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was still keeping the entire nation up at night — and keeping the world plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean, either in reality or in their minds and hearts.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 10:30 pm

Senate’s newest class speaks out on foreign policy

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America’s next moves. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 8:46 pm

FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites: report

The FBI is hastily seeking to identify victims of a serial pedophile who drugged and molested dozens of children over four decades teaching at international schools around the worldA hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, the New York Times reported Thursday. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but court documents and interviews suggest "that the government may have used hackers to gather intelligence overseas," the Times wrote. The figure at the center of the case is Hector Xavier Monsegur, who had become a prominent hacker with the activist group Anonymous, which has staged cyber assaults on MasterCard, PayPal and other commercial and government targets. Monsegur was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and became an informant, helping the law enforcement agency identify other members of Anonymous.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 8:27 pm

Jordan amends anti-terror law to face Syria fallout

Jordanian protesters from the Islamic Action Front party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, demonstrate in Amman on January 27, 2012Controversial amendments to Jordan's anti-terrorism law seek to curb the influence of homegrown Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists fighting the regime of the kingdom's northern neighbour Syria, analysts said. Hundreds of Jordanian jihadists have joined hardline Islamist rebels in Syria fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Three years into the conflict, many of these battle-hardened Jordanians are returning home, causing deep concern in Amman. "Jordan is surrounded by jihadist groups and there is a serious terrorist threat to the kingdom," Oraib Rantawi, head of Amman's Al-Quds Center for Political Studies, told AFP.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:48 pm

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people

Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying a flag-draped coffin of Ammar Tueni, 24, a policeman killed in a car bomb attack during his funeral procession in Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The Shiite-dominated city of Hillah has seen sporadic violence recently. Last month, a suicide car bomber hit another checkpoint in same area, killing 36 people. Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last year, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting between 2006 and 2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in the first two months of this year. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week's parliamentary elections.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:45 pm

AP sources: Work to free US soldier disorganized

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The nearly five-year effort to free the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan is scattered among numerous federal agencies with a loosely organized group of people working on it mostly part time, according to two members of Congress and military officials involved in the effort. An ever-shrinking U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has re-focused attention on efforts to bring home Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of the U.S. government's nearly five-year effort to seek the release of the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan claim the work suffers from disorganization and poor communication among numerous federal agencies involved, leaving his captors unclear which U.S. officials have the authority to make a deal.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:28 pm

’1,000 days of summer’: An ex-stock broker travels around the world on $10 a day

Photo: Tomislav PerkoTom ditched his stockbroker career for the open road.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:18 pm

UN rights monitor criticises Bahrain over Shiite expulsion

Bahrain opposition group leader Sheikh Ali Salman (C) holds up a portait of cleric Shaikh Hussain Najati, during an anti-government protest in the village of Salmabad, on April 18, 2014The UN's religious freedom monitor on Thursday urged Sunni-ruled Bahrain to halt discrimination against its Shiite majority and its spiritual leader, who was expelled from the Gulf kingdom this week. The case of Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was a stark illustration of the broader mistreatment of Shiites in Bahrain, UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt said in a statement. He said that he had contacted Bahrain's government to press his "grave concerns" over what he said appeared to be "religiously motivated discrimination" against Najati. "Targeting the most senior and influential Shia religious figure in Bahrain may amount to intimidating and thus discriminating against the entire Shia Muslim community in the country because of its religious beliefs," he said.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 7:14 pm

‘Al-Qaeda’s librarian’ denies recruiting jihadists in Spain

Spanish Civil Guards carry evidence after the arrest of a suspected Al-Qaeda member in Valencia on March 27, 2012A Saudi man dubbed "Al-Qaeda's librarian" on Thursday denied belonging to the organisation and recruiting jihadists for the group over the Internet during a Madrid court appearance. Police detained Mudhar Hussein Almalki in March 2012 in the eastern city of Valencia where he had been living, accusing him of running an online forum dedicated to "recruiting and indoctrinating 'terrorists'." Spanish public prosecutors accuse the Jordanian-born Saudi national of belonging to the Ansar al Mujahideen Network, which follows orders from Al-Qaeda, and are seeking a jail sentence of eight years. They allege he drew up a list of targets which included former British prime minister Tony Blair, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar and former US presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, who he called "war criminals".

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 6:17 pm

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Iraq parties trade accusations over security crisis – Asharq Alawsat English


Asharq Alawsat English

Iraq parties trade accusations over security crisis
Asharq Alawsat English
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Rival political parties in Iraq traded accusations of politicizing the security crisis on Wednesday, one week ahead of legislative elections and amid reports that a suicide attack south of Baghdad killed at least 10 people

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 3:18 pm

Iraq And Afghanistan Have Cost Britain Billions And Were ‘Strategic Failures … – Huffington Post UK


Iraq And Afghanistan Have Cost Britain Billions And Were 'Strategic Failures
Huffington Post UK
British military interventions since the end of the Cold War could have cost the country nearly £65bn on top of its normal defence spending, a major study has said. The study also said the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – Britain's two biggest military

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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:32 pm

Killing of 3 Americans Raises New Questions About Afghanistan and Iraq – TIME


Washington Post

Killing of 3 Americans Raises New Questions About Afghanistan and Iraq
TIME
The murders come as two veteran reporters file on what life is like in Iraq, where the last U.S. troops left in 2011; and Afghanistan, where the U.S. troop presence has shrunk to 33,000, on the way to removing all U.S. combat troops by year's end. “Two
Three Americans Shot and Killed at Afghanistan HospitalThe New American

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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:08 pm

Suicide Attack in Iraq Kills at Least 11 People – ABC News


The Daily Star

Suicide Attack in Iraq Kills at Least 11 People
ABC News
Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last year, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting between 2006 and 2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400
Attacks kill 13 in Iraq ahead of voteThe Daily Star
Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq3News NZ
Suicide bomber hits checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people U.S. News & World Report
TIME
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 9:34 am

US soldier accused of killing two teens in Iraq as military investigates – The Guardian


The Guardian

US soldier accused of killing two teens in Iraq as military investigates
The Guardian
The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a US army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But Michael Barbera, then a staff sergeant, took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway, …
Witnesses in US Army hearing call 2007 Iraq shootings unjustifiedChicago Tribune
US Army opens hearing for soldier accused of murders in IraqReuters
US soldier accused of gunning down unarmed teens in IraqCBS News
The Columbian -Military.com
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:12 pm

Lessons of costly conflicts – from Iraq to Afghanistan – The Guardian (blog)


The Guardian (blog)

Lessons of costly conflicts – from Iraq to Afghanistan
The Guardian (blog)
What went wrong with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan which costs most of the £37bn Britain has spent on military conflicts over the past fifteen years (excluding the long-term cost of veteran care estimated to amount to as much as £30bn), seriously
Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan was 'strategic failure', claims The Independent
​Britain wasted £34 billion on military interventions since Cold WarRT

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:56 pm

Blair Blames Inquiry For Iraq Report Delay – Sky News


Daily Mail

Blair Blames Inquiry For Iraq Report Delay
Sky News
The inquiry's remit, as defined on its website, is to examine "the UK's involvement in Iraq, including the way decisions were made and actions taken, to establish, as accurately as possible, what happened and to identify the lessons that can be learned".
Iraq report 'pushed back until after 2015 election'Daily Mail
It is time to stop hiding the truth about why we went to war in IraqMirror.co.uk
Iraq War Chilcot Report Should Be Published Immediately, Says Ex-Blair Huffington Post UK

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:13 pm

Moises Saman’s Return to Iraq – New Yorker (blog)


New Yorker (blog)

Moises Saman's Return to Iraq
New Yorker (blog)
The photographer Moises Saman, who has covered the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war for The New Yorker, has done extensive work in Iraq, but had not been back since 2010. He returned in March to take photographs to accompany my piece, and …

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Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:18 pm

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people – USA TODAY


Aljazeera.com

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people
USA TODAY
BAGHDAD (AP) — Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 33 people and wounded nearly 80 more on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month.
Dozens killed in Iraq attacks and bombingsAljazeera.com
THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION IN IRAQ AND POSSIBLE SPILLOVER FOR Daily Sabah
Iraq: 10 Guards Are Killed at Polling CenterNew York Times
ABC News -Press TV
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Posted on 21 April 2014 | 7:41 pm

What We Left Behind – New Yorker


New Yorker

What We Left Behind
New Yorker
When the last American soldiers left Iraq, at the end of 2011, the bloody civil war between the country's Sunni and Shiite sects had been stifled but not resolved. Now the sectarian violence had returned, with terrifying intensity. For more than a year
Column: Iraq's 'Second' Most Important ElectionsVoice of America
Insurgents expected to prevent two cities in Iraq taking part in electionsTelegraph.co.uk
Opinion: Moving Beyond Iraq's NightmareAsharq Alawsat English
gulfnews.com -Strategy Page -Oman Daily Observer
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Posted on 21 April 2014 | 2:37 pm