Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Goodwin Globe Staff May 12, 2018 WASHINGTON — It is challenging enough that the war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 17 years. But now the Trump administration is raising hackles in Congress by cloaking in official secrecy an unusual amount of data about the longest armed conflict in American history, including, until very recently, the dwindling size of the beleaguered Afghan military.Information contained in a recently issued government report provides a window into what the Pentagon has been keeping secret since last year: The Afghan army has shrunk by 11 percent and insurgents have gained territory, raising questions about whether the Pentagon has been concealing a strategy gone awry. President Trump, who called the war “a complete waste” as a candidate, announced his plan for keeping up the fight last August, saying he shared the … [Read more...] about Decline in Afghan army was hidden by Pentagon secrecy
Around the time Dreyvon McCray was relearning how to walk and talk and live in a world in which a kid can be beaten into a coma over a cell phone, Terin D’amico was jumping out of airplanes and pondering a life after the military.In 2016, their paths crossed in the cafeteria at Governors State University.D’amico, a middle-aged “nontraditional” student, approached a group of other students who were eating lunch and asked if he could join them. They said yes.You might say the friendship that subsequently formed between McCray and D’amico developed organically.“We both love science, particularly chemistry,” D’amico said.But there was more to the bond between the 52-year-old father of three and the 25-year-old survivor of a horrific attack that made headlines 11 years ago. They had a kind of rapport, a similar sense of humor and a shared need to help others along the way.Both men would spend the next few semesters attending class, hanging in … [Read more...] about An Army vet and a man who survived a coma found friendship through science. Now they’re graduating college together.
At least 19 people were killed Saturday in northern Myanmar when ethnic rebels attacked security force posts and a casino in an area bordering China, the most deadly flare-up in recent years that undercuts government efforts to win peace in the troubled country. Rights defenders say clashes in the north have ramped up since January as the international community focuses on the Rohingya crisis in the west of the country. The military stands accused of carrying out an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless minority in Rakhine. The Ta'ang National Liberation Army, or TNLA, one of several insurgent groups fighting for more autonomy in the north, said it launched the operation on Saturday, while government and military sources confirmed the death toll. Images and video from the skirmishes shared on social media showed armed men fanning out across a residential street while a rebel soldier took cover behind a car. The sound of automatic gunfire filled the air as ambulances picked up … [Read more...] about 19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels: military
Updated 1:35 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 Photo: Spencer Roberts, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this still image from video, Luc Tieman, center, and his lawyer Stephen Smith, left, listen inside a courtroom where Tieman was sentenced to 55 years, Friday, May 11, 2018, in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan, Maine. Tieman, who was convicted in April of killing his wife, did not address the court. (Spencer Roberts/WABI-TV via AP) less In this still image from video, Luc Tieman, center, and his lawyer Stephen Smith, left, listen inside a courtroom where Tieman was sentenced to 55 years, Friday, May 11, 2018, in Somerset County Superior Court ... more Photo: Spencer Roberts, AP Army veteran gets 55-year sentence for killing, burying wife 1 / 1 Back to Gallery SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A judge on … [Read more...] about Army veteran gets 55-year sentence for killing, burying wife
Zeke Miller and Hope Yen, Associated Press Updated 9:51 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump, joined by Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Karen Pence and others, holds up an executive order he just signed in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, during an event celebrating military mothers and spouses. The executive order addresses military spouse unemployment by providing greater opportunity for military spouses to be considered for federal competitive service positions, and holds agencies accountable for increasing their use of the non-competitive hiring authority for military spouses. less President Donald Trump, joined by Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Karen Pence … [Read more...] about AP Source: Trump considering Army veteran for VA secretary