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Fort Hood shooting reveals shortcomings of institutionalized political correctness

Fort Hood shooting reveals shortcomings of institutionalized political correctness

Introspection, Not Rationalization, Needed in Wake of Fort Hood Slaughter

A picture of Nidal Malik Hasan is emerging from the slaughter he carried out Thursday during a ceremony at a Fort Hood readiness center, leaving 13 people dead and another 30 wounded. Born in Virginia, sent to medical school by the U.S. Army, the psychiatrist was chastised for proselytizing to his patients about Islam.

Zelaya Aide Says Honduran Agreement Has Failed

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says a deal designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, after interim leader Roberto Micheletti announced the formation of a new cabinet. Mr. Micheletti said late Thursday he is installing a national unity government without the participation of  Mr. Zelaya, who has declined to name any cabinet members. The two signed an agreement last week to resolve the four-month political standoff.  A new government was set to begin Thursday. Mr.

Thailand-Cambodia Tensions Rise Over Appointment of Fugitive Thai Official

Tensions between Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand and Cambodia are high after Cambodia's leader appointed a fugitive former Thai prime minister as an advisor. Both countries have withdrawn their ambassadors and claim interference in their internal affairs. Regional political analysts say relations between Bangkok and Phnom Penh are the worst they have been in several years.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Announces End of Government Boycott

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his party has ended its partial boycott of the power sharing government and has given President Robert Mugabe one month to resolve outstanding disputes in the coalition. Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made the announcement at the end of a summit of the politics and security organ of the Southern African Development Community. The members of the group, the heads-of-state of Mozambique, Zambia and Swaziland, concluded the summit in Mozambique by urging the parties in Zimbabwe's unity government to reconcile th

Pakistan Arrests Three Suspects in Iranian Bombing

Pakistani officials have announced the arrests of three Iranians in connection with a suicide attack last month in southeastern Iran that killed 42 people. Security officials say the suspects were arrested Thursday in Pakistan's Balochistan province on the Iranian border. A Sunni rebel group that operates in Pakistan, Jundollah (God's Soldiers), has claimed responsibility for the attack in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province. Iranian officials have accused Pakistan of supporting the rebel group, raising tensions between the two neighbors.

ISAF Forces Injured While Conducting Search Operations

During a joint operation in western Afghanistan today, initial reports indicate more than 25 ISAF and Afghan national security force members were wounded. Members of the joint force were searching for two missing U.S. Army soldiers. The wounded service members were initially treated on the scene and subsequently flown to an ISAF medical facility for further treatment. "We are committed to taking every measure possible to rescue or recover our missing service members. We continue to do everything we can to find them," said U.S. Navy Capt.

Marines end wing-level operations in Iraq

Aviation operations have played an integral part of Marine Corps participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marine Aircraft Wings have controlled the skies above Al Anbar province since Marine operations began here in February 2004. As Anbar continues to progress in stabilization and the return to normalcy, the requirement for Marines and equipment continues to decrease.

Operational Update, Nov. 6: Afghan-International Security Force Detains Taliban Facilitator in Kandahar; ISAF Casualties

An Afghan-international security force detained a group of suspected militants in Kandahar Province, including a senior Taliban facilitator, Thursday. The senior Taliban facilitator detained is believed to be responsible for financing and placing suicide bombers and IEDs in the area. This facilitator is also linked to Taliban leadership outside of the country. The joint security force targeted a compound near the village of Spin Kalacheh, southwest of Kandahar City, after intelligence indicated militant activity.

Iraqi Security Forces arrest five suspected terrorists

Iraqi Security Forces arrested five suspected terrorists today during two joint security operations in Baghdad and Sharqat. In northeast Baghdad, the 44th Iraqi Army, with U.S. advisors, searched two buildings in search of a Promise Day Brigade terrorist group leader who allegedly coordinates attacks against security forces operating in Iraq. Based on preliminary questioning conducted at the scene, three individuals are suspected of being Promise Day Brigade associates.

Witnesses Recall Berlin Wall’s Fall

A divided Berlin symbolized the Cold War. 

Army Major declared sole suspect in Hood shooting

WASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2009) -- U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is believed to be the lone shooter of some 43 people on Fort Hood, Texas, and he survived being shot by a civilian police officer, the base commander said. In a televised press briefing tonight, Army Lt Gen. Robert Cone corrected earlier reports that said Hasan and the police officer, who shot him several times, were killed.

Air Forces Africa officials conduct senior leader engagement in Mali, Senegal

Airmen, U.S. Embassy and national defense officials from Senegal and Mali gathered during the latest U.S. Air Forces Africa senior leader engagement in Mali and Senegal Oct. 26 through 30. Brig. Gen. Michael W. Callan, the U.S. Air Forces Africa vice commander, spent the week visiting with key leaders and touring facilities for a firsthand look at the capabilities of the two nations' air forces. The general was accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Steven Scott, the Air Forces Africa command chief; and Maj.

Thach Completes Around the World Deployment

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) returned to San Diego Nov. 5 after an independent five-month surge through all of the numbered fleets. Thach was operating in support of Task Group Iraqi Maritime (TGIM), which operates in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG) and is primarily responsible for defending the critical Iraqi infrastructure located in the area, as well as protecting the sovereignty of Iraqi waters. Thach and TGIM also trained Iraqi forces in maritime security operations.

America continues to fight back

Five new accounts of good guys who got the bulge on bad guys.