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More troops hospitalized for mental health than any other reason

More U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental health disorders than any other reason in 2009. Mental health hospitalizations throughout the military topped injuries, battle wounds and even pregnancy and childbirth for the first time in 15 years of tracking by the Pentagon’s Medical Surveillance Monthly report. USA Today‘s Gregg Zoroya…

Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed

Earlier this week, the International Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret “Black Jail” within the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan, where high-value detainees were held and allegedly abused. Since then, additional details have continued to emerge. The New York Times reported last November that former prisoners and human…

Pentagon says military response to cyber attack possible

The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a US defense official said on Wednesday. Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: “Yes, we need to think…

Pentagon bans 4 Gitmo reporters for naming witness

Powered by Mochila The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of this…

CIA used ‘fictional’ tale of US prison rape to intimidate teen terror suspect

A shocking yet “fictional” tale of prison rape by “black guys” and “big Nazis” in an American prison was used by a CIA interrogator to intimidate 15-year-old terrorism suspect Omar Khadr as he was held in a U.S.-operated prison in Afghanistan, according to testimony at a Thursday hearing. Washington Independent…

Reagan admin ‘hyped Soviet failures into threats,’ documents show

In its efforts to keep Congress funding huge military budgets in the 1980s, the Reagan administration exaggerated the threat from the Soviet Union’s military projects, newly published documents show. Documents posted online Thursday at the National Security Archives chronicle a Soviet physicist’s efforts to dispel claims about the USSR’s secretive…

Former Pentagon propagandist supports ‘birther’ officer

An army officer who is facing court-martial charges after refusing orders to deploy to Afghanistan has been attracting support from a number of prominent figures on the extreme right. The most recent endorsement of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin’s claim that no orders issued by the US military are legitimate because…

Pentagon backtracks: Iran attack not ‘off the table’

WASHINGTON — US military action against Iran has not been ruled out, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday, after a top official said such an option was off the table in the “near term.” The Defense Department faced questions about US policy on Iran after Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for…

Video shows Taliban reclaiming abandoned US base

Taliban fighters have taken over a remote base in Afghanistan abandoned by US forces, according to a video aired by the Arabic television station Al Jazeera. American troops left the base just days ago as part of a strategic redeployment in the war-torn country. A video released by the Taliban…

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent months. It’s not pretty. Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That’s a…

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