Situation in Iraq not encouraging

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, […]

Military families must expect unexpected

By Tom Philpott: Military update By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That […]

Iraqi PM glossed over potential Middle East problems

Freedom Newspapers “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history […]

Violence makes Iraq milestones tough

A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister Nouri […]

Iraq situation too terrible to keep up

Freedom Newspapers Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence […]

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Local returns from Baghdad tour

Karl Terry Spc. James Montgomery, a member of the 126th Military Police, a National Guard Unit out of Albuquerque, is enjoying his first break from active duty in five months at his parents home in Portales. He is currently stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. He says the sight of dirty streets with trash […]

Elections were critically important victory

Freedom Newspapers Only the most naive optimist would believe Sunday’s historic elections in Iraq mark the end of bloodshed and hardship in that war-torn land. But only the most stone-hearted pessimist would disdain the spectacle of millions of Iraqis lining up to vote and dancing in the streets as insignificant. Iraq indeed passed a crucial […]

Speaking of war

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Sgt. Shane Sanders, left, posing with his mother Charmain Howard, center, and stepfather Joe Howard, spent 15 months with the U.S Army’s 501st Military Intelligence in Iraq. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Army linguist spent time in two of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. Surrounded by marble walls, Army Sgt. Shane Sanders […]

Bush, Kerry salute fallen U.S. heroes

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — President Bush declared Monday that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes. “Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly,” said Bush, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery after laying […]