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US general apologises after anti-gay genocide remarks

An ex-US general has apologised after saying Dutch UN troops failed to prevent the Srebrenica genocide partly because their ranks included openly gay soldiers, the Dutch defence ministry said Tuesday. John Sheehan, a retired former NATO commander and senior Marine officer, “wrote a letter of apology,” ministry spokeswoman Anne van…

Retired US general links Srebrenica fall to gays in Dutch army

A retired US general on Thursday said Dutch UN troops defending Srebrenica in the Bosnian war failed to prevent the 1995 genocide partly because their ranks included openly gay soldiers. John Sheehan, a former NATO commander and senior Marine officer, made the remarks at a senate hearing where he argued…

Israel charges soldiers with misconduct in Gaza war

JERUSALEM — Israeli army prosecutors on Thursday charged two soldiers for using a young Palestinian boy to check for booby-traps during last year’s fighting in Gaza, a military spokeswoman told AFP. She said the two soldiers, both staff sergeants, were charged of acting “in breach of military norms” for forcing…

‘Pro-military’ mom: Punish officers blamed for fatal ambush

Mission’s commanding officers ‘should be as far away from combat troops as humanly possible’ The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Afghanistan last year says she can’t understand why the officers who failed to send in air support haven’t been removed from duty. “I’m still pro-military, but…

Despite deaths, Army awards $2.8 billion contract to KBR

Defense juggernaut KBR Inc. was awarded a contract potentially worth $2.8 billion for support work in Iraq as U.S. forces continue to leave the country, military authorities said Tuesday. KBR was notified of the award Friday, a day after the company told shareholders it lost about $25 million in award…

Blackwater used South Park character as alias to procure US weapons

The US Army’s lax supervision was cited in a Senate investigation of controversial private security firm Blackwater, which allowed employees to use weapons without authorization in Afghanistan. At the outset of a months-long probe, the Senate Armed Service Committee found several cases of “reckless” use of weapons by personnel from…

US frees Iraqi photographer held for 17 months

BAGHDAD — The US military in Iraq freed an Iraqi freelance journalist working for the Thomson Reuters media group on Wednesday after holding him for 17 months without charge, the company said. “How can I describe my feelings? This is like being born again,” Reuters quoted 33-year-old Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed…

Darfur rebels report air, artillery attacks by Sudan forces

KHARTOUM (AFP) - – Sudanese warplanes and artillery pounded insurgents in the troubled western region of Darfur on Saturday, said a rebel spokesman whose group has refused to attend upcoming peace talks in Qatar.…

Army charges single mom who refused deployment

The Army said Wednesday it has filed criminal charges against a single-mom soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, arguing she had no family able to care for her infant son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old Army cook, could face a prison sentence and a dishonorable discharge if…

Google ‘no longer willing’ to censor Chinese searches

UPDATE (at bottom): Google appears to have already turned off Chinese filters Internet search giant Google dropped a bombshell on Chinese authorities Tuesday with the announcement that the firm is “no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn,” the company’s portal in China. In a lengthy explanation posted…

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