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Dutch report implicates Russia-backed separatists in downing of MH17

Dutch safety investigators have implicated Russian-backed separatists in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. The inquiry found that a Buk surface-to-air missile likely fired from territory under rebel control brought down the Boeing 777 on July 17, 2014,...

Date: 10/13/2015 | Aerospace Blog

British man, 74, faces 350 lashes for having wine in Saudi Arabia

Karl Andree is a 74-year-old British grandfather. For the past 25 years, he has lived in Saudi Arabia, working with local oil companies. According to his children, he was quite happy there, even when his wife, Verity, was forced to return to Britain to help cope with her worsening...

Date: 10/13/2015 | Nation & World

Tackling trauma

Vets with PTSD find peace at Monroe equine therapy center

Date: 10/13/2015 | Local News

William Broadwater, Tuskegee Airman, dies at 89

William E. Broadwater, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots and support personnel who overcame racial obstacles to serve their country in World War II, died Sept. 22 at a hospital in Washington. He was 89.The cause was a heart ailment, his family said.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz

WASHINGTON — CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad’s forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Five myths about Christopher Columbus

As Columbus Day gives way to “fall break” and drops off many workers’ calendars altogether, it has become easy to overlook a perennial teaching moment. When Christopher Columbus does come up in the media or the classroom, he is usually simply bashed or praised, depending on the viewpoint of the...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

More intel would give U.S. more options in Syria, Iraq

A favorite Arab proverb goes something like this: A shepherd asks the Prophet: Should I let my camels loose and trust in God? No, answers the Prophet. Tie down your camels and trust in God.The Obama administration has been operating with a loose strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl desertion

AUSTIN, Texas — An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Suicide bombings kill 97 at peace rally in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 97 people and wounding scores in Turkey’s deadliest attack in years — one that threatens to inflame the nation’s ethnic tensions.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Donald Trump says Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed

LAS VEGAS — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

France train hero in serious condition after stabbing in bar brawl

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

Russian missiles aimed at Syria apparently fell in Iran

IRBIL, Iraq — The Syrian army, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-led militias, pressed ahead for a second day Thursday with an offensive intended to retake portions of Hama and Latakiya province from rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

It’s ‘iffy,’ but talks progress in East Asia

Last weekend's deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the crossfire.Doctors Without Borders, a globally respected group, has charged that the deaths of 22 patients and...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama’s plan in Syria favors caution, not ego

Contrary to popular belief, President Obama does have a plan for Syria. It's just not one that promises to have much immediate impact on the course of the brutal civil war.Russian President Vladimir Putin, by contrast, has a plan that is far bolder and much more likely to...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after hospital airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people, as street-by street battles continued between government forces and Taliban fighters and officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for civilians...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Pentagon: Hospital bombing situation ‘confused and complicated’

MADRID — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday promised a full and transparent investigation into whether a U.S. aircraft providing support for American and Afghan commandos was responsible for the explosions that destroyed a hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing 22 people.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Russian warplanes unlikely to turn tide in Syrian war

MOSCOW — Russia has triumphantly plunged into Syria's four-year-old civil war with an expanding campaign of airstrikes. But the official euphoria here masks a nagging question: What can a limited deployment of Russian air power actually accomplish?In the short term,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Doctors Without Borders: Afghan clinic airstrike kills 19

KABUL, Afghanistan — Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Obama misjudged Putin; Putin may have misjudged Syria

Russia's expanded role in the Middle East has been hiding in plain sight for months. And the Obama administration, eager for Moscow's diplomatic help, all but invited it. Now that Russian jets and tanks have arrived in Syria, this intervention doesn't look so benign.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Putin’s plans in Syria clear to all but Obama

"Russia hits Assad's foes, angering U.S." — Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What to do with memories

Family wants to find new use for items passed down

Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News

Putin may not fare any better fighting ISIS than U.S. has

Between the lines of President Obama's comments on Syria at the United Nations on Monday, you could hear a sad admission of failure: The U.S. hasn't been able to organize a winning strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Maybe we should let Russian President Vladimir Putin try his...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraq turns to Russia in fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD — Iraq plans to set up a joint intelligence-sharing hub with Syria, Iran and Russia to fight the Islamic State, officials said, a move that could further sideline the United States in the battle against the extremist group.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Nation & World

Even with complications, helping Kurds fight ISIS makes sense

While the Obama administration haggles over its Syria strategy, a Kurdish militia that claims more than 25,000 battle-hardened fighters is poised several dozen miles north of the Islamic State's capital of Raqqa — ready to roll toward the extremists' sanctuary.U.S.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Honor 9/11 with shared purpose, sacrifice

It's easy to recall the horror of 9/11, when it happened, the disbelief, the shock, the realization, as I watched, that people were dying, thousands of them. The sense that things had changed, irrevocably, forever.I was impressed with George Bush with his megaphone at ground...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For Germany, refugees are blessing and burden

BERLIN — After only a month of language lessons, Samer Alkhamran can already say this in German: “I will open my own cellphone repair shop.”

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

9/11 is remembered in Edmonds at new memorial park

EDMONDS — The sculpture is subtle, simple and steel.The sun on Friday morning shone through the panels of stained glass in the sculpture, washing the image of the American flag over a one-ton beam. It was just as the firefighters envisioned.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Pakistan joins exclusive drone-warfare club

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan this week became the world’s fifth known country to use an armed drone in combat, and it can probably thank China.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World

New 9/11 memorial to Flight 93 victims opens

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Debby Borza stood before a wall of photos of 40 people who died here on Sept. 11, 2001, and gently tapped her daughter’s face on a computer touch screen, not knowing exactly what to expect.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

Cheney’s Iran objections a bit too familiar

Early signs indicate Dick Cheney is leaning against the Iran nuclear deal."It is madness," the former vice president announced Tuesday."The results may be catastrophic," he inveighed."This deal gives Tehran the means to...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Memories of a lifetime ago

Family who fled Saigon reunites with man who welcomed them

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Saudis seek to reload arsenal with Boeing bombs

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has notified Congress informally that it wants to resupply Saudi Arabia with thousands of precision-guided munitions, according to two people familiar with the proposal.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Nation & World

Bergdahl not alone in acting dishonorably

Bowe Bergdahl is back in the news. Donald Trump, modeling the sober analysis we need in a president, delighting his Fox "news" hosts, just called him a "dirty rotten traitor" (See the Idaho Statesman:

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Marine Corps duty was a ‘higher calling’

COOS BAY, Ore. — For some people, life is all about the experiences.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest

U.S. drone attack on al-Qaida group impresses Syrian moderates

Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the U.S. launched drone attacks last month to defend a moderate opposition group called "Division 30.""The U.S. strikes caused some of our dear brothers...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Turkish warplanes attack ISIS targets in Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkish warplanes struck seven Islamic State targets north of Aleppo, Syria, in the first Turkish contribution to a U.S. led coalition to weaken the Islamic militant group’s grasp on much of eastern Syria, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

Hunt is on for missing Nazi gold train

A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World

Pakistan could have 350 nuclear weapons in 5-10 years

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World

Putin exploits Obama’s failure to challenge him

On Sept. 5, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Flying Fortress at Paine Field

B-17 flight brings back memories for Arlington's Art Unruh

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News

American talent for improvising again a life-saver

Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety. The ingredient would be improvisation — the ability to perform without preparation, using whatever is at hand to complete the task.As most of the...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

American train heroes awarded French Legion of Honor

PARIS — Three Americans and a Briton who tackled an attacker loaded with guns and ammunition prevented carnage on the high-speed train carrying 500 passengers to Paris, France's president said Monday as he presented the men with the Legion of Honor and praised them as an example...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Nation & World

Day to remember

Salmon for Soldiers takes veterans out for a day of fishing

Date: 08/23/2015 | Life

Failure of U.S.-supported Syrian rebels recalls Bay of Pigs fiasco

America's botched effort last month to support a Syrian moderate rebel group known as "Division 30" was a chain of errors that recalls, in a small way, the 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco.The Division 30 debacle has some clear and disturbing lessons: The rebels weren't...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Americans subdue gunman on French high-speed train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento State student has described how he and two of his traveling companions subdued a gunman who opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World

Military faces new pressure on gender barriers

The graduation this week of two female soldiers from the Army's famously difficult Ranger School has added new pressure on the U.S. military to make women eligible to serve across its combat ranks, current and former U.S. officials said.The historic achievement by the two...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World

WWII fighter ace Fritz Payne dies at 104

LOS ANGELES — Frederick "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war,...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World

Investigation: Army sergeant showed signs of potential violence

TACOMA — In the weeks before Staff Sgt. Robert Bales slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians, junior-ranking soldiers around him had grown concerned about his increasingly "erratic" behavior, including his assault of an Afghan contractor and his declaration that an Afghan...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest

V-J Day, 70 years on

WWII Veterans gather to remember the experience

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

Turk, Kurdish tensions could complicate fight against ISIS

Turkey's political tensions were sharply evident Thursday, as the country's leading Kurdish politician accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of "supporting ISIS" in the past. He claimed Erdogan wants early elections as part of a strategy of "attacking the Kurdish...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Brother's policies hurt Jeb more than Bush name

Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Tuesday, Bush proposed inching back into Iraq, wading into the Syrian civil war and...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

University of Texas moves Confederate statue indoors

The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent outdoor mall on its Austin campus to an indoor historical exhibit, the latest sign of a rapid national shift in attitudes about the public display of imagery related to the Southern rebellion.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Civil War re-enactors dig in again Saturday at Everett cemetery

No matter the weather Saturday, Marilee Rehfield will pile on the clothing.“I will be wearing all seven layers of appropriate underpinnings before my dress goes on,” said Rehfield, who represents a civilian supporting the Confederacy at Civil War re-enactments.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Paine Field aviation center proposal raises revenue concerns

EVERETT — Snohomish County leaders could decide soon on clearing the way for a vast expansion of Paine Field's already impressive trove of vintage airplanes.If the vision from aircraft collector John...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News

How WWII shaped Boeing

War was key to jet-age dominance

Date: 08/09/2015 | Business

5 myths about the atomic bomb

Viewpoints: Even 70 years later, misconceptions persist

Date: 08/09/2015 | Commentary

Strategy against Islamic State in Syria developing

The U.S. and its allies, after several years of missteps, finally seem to be framing a strategy for combating the Islamic State militarily in Syria, even as they continue to pursue a political settlement with Damascus.The Syrian nightmare is far from over, and supporters of...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Divided Taliban clings to war in wake of leader’s death

KABUL — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their long-chilly relations with Kabul, and reinforced by a supportive...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Purple Hearts in question after Chattanooga attack

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after the attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killed five U.S. service members, the U.S. government is still grappling with whether to call the event terrorism. Potentially at stake: Purple Hearts for the service members killed and wounded, and the...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Al-Qaida captures leader of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The commander of a U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group has been captured by al-Qaida militants near the spot north of Aleppo where a new contingent of U.S.-trained Syrian opposition fighters entered the country earlier this month from Turkey, the group said Thursday.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Removal of Confederate flag taken to illogical extremes

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Root out lone wolves with calm approach

"He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief."With this stream-of-consciousness narrative, an Islamic State...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pattern is familiar, down to the lack of answers

The details about Mohammad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out in the familiar pattern. The first thing to come out of the shocking news is the name of the alleged attacker. Then there is speculation...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to U.S. vets

LOS ANGELES — Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

‘Ghost Fleet’ and the hackers behind the pages

It’s easy to see why “Ghost Fleet” has captured the imaginations of foreign policy experts in the U.S. and abroad. The techno-thriller, by P.W. Singer and August Cole, not only tells a crackling-good story but also casts light on the warnings that have come from many quarters about the risks of...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Entertainment

Sailor 5th to die in Chattanooga shootings

A sailor wounded in the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday died overnight from his wounds, the Navy and his family said.Randall Smith was a petty officer in the Navy. The service declined Saturday morning to release his name, but Darlene Proxmire, a...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Future queen gives Nazi salute in tabloid image

LONDON — Buckingham Palace expressed its disappointment Saturday with a tabloid newspaper for publishing images of a young Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute with her family in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power.The palace took the unusual step of...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Sailor shot in Chattanoga attack dies

A sailor wounded in the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday died overnight from his wounds, the Navy and his family said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan

BAGHDAD — Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

Gunman kills 4 Marines in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

4 Marines, gunman killed in Tennessee attacks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Tank's hatch offered soldiers escape

The escape hatch located in the belly of the Sherman tank has long been a point of conjecture and a favorite and a favorite plot device for Hollywood movie-makers. As you can see, there is such a thing. This photo was shot of the FHC’s Sherman. Some say it was there for the crew...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Flight Paths

Nine names will live on in history, one in ignominy

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A belated Bronze Star

89-year-old World War II vet surprised at picnic

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

Late Saudi official took diplomat’s long view

It was a measure of Prince Saud al-Faisal's skill as a diplomat that he helped sustain the long friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia through events that could have (and maybe should have) shattered it — an oil embargo, several Arab-Israeli wars, the rise of...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Top ISIS leader reported killed in U.S. strike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan intelligence officials said Saturday, the latest in a series of American air assaults against militants in recent days.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World

General Lee would applaud lowering of Confederate flag

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lowering the flag and moving ahead

For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A civil eye on Civil War

Viewpoints: Honoring history with civility, respect

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Report: Psychological Association colluded with U.S. interrogation

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with officials at the Pentagon and CIA to weaken the association’s ethical guidelines and allow psychologists to take part in coercive interrogation programs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Islamic State’s online executions seek us as witnesses

Reporting about the Islamic State inevitably means watching their videos, but that's not something I would wish on anyone. The group has created a public theater of death on the Internet — beheading people, drowning them, burning them, breaking their bones.This extreme...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Smartphone encryption worries U.S. officials

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Which plane is which?

In the skies over Korea, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MiG-15 looked quite similar. It was very difficult to tell one smoky silver speck from another. A few seconds of indecision could prove deadly. Even up close, the two planes still look quite similar — intake up...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Flight Paths

Lessons remain from Greatest Generation

On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

S. Carolina Confederate flag comes down Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. has to do more than play whack-a-mole in Syria, Iraq

In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. Call it Operation Whack-a-Mole.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A WWII freedom fighter reflects

Arlington veteran still feels pride in helping defeat Hitler

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Deadly strikes by US-led coalition targeting IS in Raqqa

BEIRUT — A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others.The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

McCain: Reassess Afghan troop withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Pentagon tries to cope with ‘hybrid warfare’

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is increasingly concerned about how to combat “hybrid warfare,” the combination of stealth invasion, local proxy forces and international propaganda that Russia used to annex Crimea and destabilize eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials said.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Germans seize WWII tank, other weapons in raid

BERLIN — Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector’s home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Public opinion mixed on Confederate flag

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran guarantees it gets a bomb

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government’s role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Of course Obama should have said the n-word

Everything's relative when folks start debating what is and isn't acceptable conduct for the president of the United States: Recall that just a week into President Barack Obama's tenure, former White House chief of staff Andy Card insisted that Obama lacked proper respect for the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

CIA photos of ‘black sites’ come to light, could complicate Guantanamo trials

Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed and driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

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