The future of the EU itself is in peril

Speaking in Kiev last September, the Swedish elder statesman Carl Bildt surprised an audience preoccupied with Russia by saying that the biggest threat to Europe came not from Russia and not from the then arch-bogeyman, Islamic State. It came, he said, from a UK vote to leave the European Union.Why the Dutch won’t rush to […]

Flying Leathernecks honored during banquet

SAN DIEGO – In honor of 100 years of Marine Corps flight, the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation hosted a banquet to recognize aviators from every generation at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, June 9. The foundation honored those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and the Global War on […]

From artillery to infantry soldier finds purpose in mission change

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – In support of Operation New Dawn, numerous soldiers of “Devil Brigade,” 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, work in capacities and jobs that are not their primary military occupational specialty. In Devil Brigade, petroleum supply specialists sometimes work as members of a security platoon, and tankers […]

302nd ING Battalion Spoils Aggressor’s – Attack

CAMP INDEPENDENCE, Baghdad, Iraq — Intelligence reports indicated that the threat of a big attack loomed over a Baghdad neighborhood and defending troops had limited time to locate the mastermind targeting 4,000 innocent Iraqis.Decision makers sat huddled around the table in the tactical operations center at battalion headquarters, surrounded by maps and charts, mulling over […]

Stephen Lawrence murder sentences to be reviewed by attorney general

The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, is reviewing the sentences handed down to two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence after a request from a member of the public.Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were sentenced to minimum terms of 15 and 14 years respectively for murdering Lawrence. The jail terms reflected their ages at […]

Living by the Soldier’s Creed

BAGHDAD — I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.All Army Soldiers are required to know the Soldier’s Creed, but the Soldiers of 591st Military Police Company “Spartans,” 93rd MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade not only know it, they live by it. They always place the mission first.The Spartans, a police transition […]

Egyptians under pressure to vote ‘yes’ in referendum on constitution

Egyptians will vote this week for the first time in the post-Morsi era, in a referendum that the new establishment hopes will formally ratify a fresh constitution, as well as demonstrate public support for the ex-president’s army-backed removal last July.The government and its supporters seek a high turnout and a strong “yes” vote in a […]

Traditionally fed: Language of food

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Not all Marines get the luxury of celebrating and feasting stateside. But the Corps, knowing its primary mission and the war in Afghanistan, makes every effort to serve the Marines deployed and at home good food, capping off an event that is memorable and special.“We were served turkey and potatoes by […]

Isis booby-trapped drone kills troops in Iraq, officials say

A booby-trapped drone launched by Islamic State militants killed two peshmerga fighters and wounded two French soldiers this month north of the Isis-controlled city of Mosul, French and Kurdish officials have said.The drone exploded when peshmerga fighters tried to lift it after it crashed, said Jabbar al-Yawar, secretary general of the autonomous Kurdish region’s defence […]

Krusa-Dossin bids farewell

Krusa-Dossin, who entered the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant in August 1975 said she is excited about retiring. “I am excited because I believe this will be our last move, and that we will be able to establish permanency,” Krusa-Dossin said about her and her family. “The other part is that every one of […]

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