A report released Tuesday faulted Special Operations Forces leadership at a small outpost near Kandahar, Afghanistan, for missing signs of potential violence in Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales before his March 2012 massacre that left 16 civilians dead.
The Defense Department is again denying a Freedom of Information Act request from The News Tribune seeking the release of an investigation into commanders who oversaw Staff Sgt. Robert Bales before he snapped and killed 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012.
The soldier who committed the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan War acknowledged while asking for a reduced sentence last year that he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments.
A House Republican’s attempt to take a stand against women in combat took an unexpected turn Wednesday as the House Armed Services Committee voted in favor of opening the Selective Service and the draft to women.
The Pentagon on Thursday defended the deployment of an additional small force to fight Islamic State militants in Syria to Senate lawmakers who suggested a stronger U.S. response against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime must be pursued to keep that country from dissolving into greater violence.
Despite Pentagon objections, the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved a plan to take $18 billion out of the Islamic State war budget in 2017 and instead pay for more soldiers, military training and equipment.