August 4, 2010

News from the Home Front: 08/04/2010

Home from Iraq, safe and sound - Western Virginia members of the 229th Military Police Company were greeted by hugs and tears after wrapping up a tour in Iraq, where they trained Iraqi police and made repairs at a school in Baghdad. (READ MORE)

Post-WikiLeaks, US to amend law to curb media - Alarmed with the expose of Afghanistan war secrets by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, US lawmakers are working on a legislation to amend a law which shields journalists from revealing confidential sources. (READ MORE)

Obama's ratings decline with 43 percent Americans opposing Afghan war - Forty-three percent of Americans now believe that it was a mistake to have launched the war in Afghanistan, which shows that the handling of the conflict by President Barack Obama has hit an all-time low. (READ MORE)

On Time cover, Afghan woman symbolizes war stakes - The face on the cover of Time magazine is graceful, composed and unthinkably maimed. The heart-shaped hole where 18-year-old Aisha's nose should be is a mark of Taliban justice -- a visceral illustration, the headline suggests, of "what happens if we leave Afghanistan." (READ MORE)

Two 9/11 widows raise funds to help bereaved Afghan women - As a widow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Susan Retik was showered with love and support from family, friends, and even strangers who sent food, flowers, and cash. (READ MORE)

Obama rejects Zardari's Afghan war is lost view - US President Barack Obama has rejected Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari's conclusion that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is already lost because of the failure to win over the Afghan people. (READ MORE)
Cameron rejects Zardari's assertions on war against Taliban being lost - British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected assertions made by Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari that "the battle of hearts and minds" is being lost in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

British Support for Fight in Afghanistan Falls - Opinion polls indicate support in Britain for the war in Afghanistan is falling as the public grows skeptical of the government's justification for the conflict. A total of 15 British servicemen were killed in July. (READ MORE)

Guard Disputes Missed Deadline on Southwest Border - Despite recent media reports, no deadlines have been missed in the deployment of up to 1,200 National Guard members to the Southwest border, a Guard official said, Aug. 4. (READ MORE)

Pentagon to cut out big-war funds - The Pentagon has begun a new hunt for cost savings that likely will lead to scaling back big-war weapons systems in favor of funding smaller conflicts typified by Iraq and Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

White House announces 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal winners - The White House on Tuesday night released to the list of the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal recipients set to be honored in a ceremony by President Obama on Aug. 4. (READ MORE)

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