Last year DCBureau.org reported on contractor abuse in Iraq. Since that report another KBR abuse has once again revealed. Two past controversies involved the horrifying electrocution of soldiers in the Armed Forces, and the unethical exposure of troops to toxic chemical stew that occurred right under KBR’s noses. Contracted to help our soldiers, KBR is in reality killing them.
Continue reading Hexavalent chromium case: Iraq contractor cut deal for lawsuit immunity
As US troops work towards withdrawal by 2011, US military commanders face the arduous task of securing peace in Iraq. US Army Gen. Ray Odierno said Tuesday that UN peacekeeping forces may need to protect the disputed territories in the north if tensions between the Kurds and Arabs are not alleviated.
Continue reading Emirates Tribune: US eyes UN troops for Iraq after 2011
To many, the August deadline to withdraw from Iraq might be seen as a “milestone”, but it does not indicate the true reality of the complexities of an unfinished mission in Iraq. More than 100 days after Iraq’s parliamentary elections, there are still disagreements over the formation of a new government; “when they signed that declaration, many of them did not even like one another.”
Continue reading NYT: Roundup on Iraqi Politics and Security
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who on Sunday formally took command of Western forces in Afghanistan, must decide in the coming weeks or months whether to recalibrate the stringent rules of engagement laid down last summer by his predecessor, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.
Continue reading LA Times: Afghans see change in U.S. command as a threat to safety