In a way, the “boys in blue and gray” also still live with us in the experiences of veterans returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Caring for those who have borne the battle and for their families remains an urgent task.
Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels, is a masterpiece of historical fiction and a portrait of our nation that remains relevant.
This week, “conservative” nut-jobs are trying to incite a second civil war — or warn us that we’re headed for one. Are they the same thing?
Twice now the rest of the country has imposed change on the South, made it do what it did not want to do: extend basic human rights to those it had systematically brutalized and oppressed.
Fluttering with tour buses and strewn with ATMs, the A9 highway is conduit that connects a unified if uneasy Sri Lanka after three decades of civil war.
By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has withdrawn about 70 percent of the armed groups it sent into eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, quoting his nation’s intelligence sources. “That gives us a real hope that peace efforts have good prospects,” Poroshenko said in televised […]
By Laura King and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — Fighting in Syria’s civil war reached Israel’s doorstep on Wednesday, with rebels seizing the Syrian side of a crossing into the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights and the Israeli army reporting that stray gunfire wounded one of its officers. The spillover […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri al-Maliki’s controversial reign Monday when his own clan spurned him for another prime minister to save the country from breakup. The much-awaited political breakthrough in Baghdad came as Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes battled to turn the tide on two months of […]
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) – Jihadists seized much of Iraq’s Christian heartland and moved within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan on Thursday in a push that stirred panic among residents and alarm in Western capitals. Amid reports Washington was pondering air strikes, the UN Security Council prepared for emergency talks following a sequence of attacks that […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Syrian government has escalated its use of “barrel bombs” against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate and deadly explosives, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday. The report also appealed to Russia and China to cease blocking U.N. efforts […]
When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I always remember what my late father taught me about love of country. He was a deeply patriotic man, much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to mock as “jelly-bellied flag flappers.” It is a phrase from a Rudyard Kipling story that […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq’s premier rejected forming a salvation government to confront jihadists whose sweeping offensive in the country was bolstered Wednesday when Al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise pledged loyalty to them at a border town. NATO was due to hold key discussions Wednesday on Iraq, where the UN says nearly 1,100 people have been killed as […]
Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday after separatist rebels shot down an army helicopter despite orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce. The death of nine servicemen outside the pro-Russian stronghold city of Slavyansk and loss of two other soldiers […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq’s leader faced mounting criticism Friday for his Shiite-led government’s failure to do more to woo the Sunni Arab minority as U.S. President Barack Obama promised military advisers but no immediate air strikes. Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, revered among Iraq’s majority community, warned that time was running out to expel […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was ready to send 300 military advisors to Iraq and if necessary to take “targeted” and “precise” military action to counter radical Sunni fighters. Obama said Washington was ready to deploy advisors to study how to train and equip Iraqi forces and had already […]
At 12:30pm, EST, President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House on the crisis in Iraq. The president’s remarks will follow a meeting with his national security team, in which he is expected to review American military options in the war-torn country. Live video of President Obama’s speech will be available below: […]
Washington (AFP) – Washington may deploy 100 special forces troops to advise the Iraqi army in its defense of Baghdad from Sunni extremists but not initially to call in air strikes, U.S. officials said Thursday. President Barack Obama is “leaning” toward a limited course of action that would “embed” the commandos with Iraqi forces, one […]
Baghdad (AFP) – Top U.S. officials warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against “sectarian” policies as President Barack Obama Thursday weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni insurgents bearing down on Baghdad. The sharp criticism of the embattled premier came as he scrambled to push back militants who have seized the second city Mosul and […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted in remarks aired Thursday that Washington is seeking to help all Iraqis, not merely prop up Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as Islamic extremists press an assault to capture more territory. And he also sought to dispel concerns that the United States was planning to work […]