January 15, 2006
KUWAIT CITY -- Sheik Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the emir of Kuwait who survived an assassination attempt in the 1980s and a decade later escaped Iraqi troops invading his oil-rich Persian Gulf state, died today, state television announced. The sheik, who had been ailing since suffering a brain hemorrhage five years ago, was 79. Crown Prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, a distant cousin chosen by the emir as his heir apparent in 1978, takes over as ruler of the tiny oil-rich country - a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
American tax dollars and the wartime needs of the U.S. military are fueling an illicit pipeline of cheap foreign labor into Iraq, mainly impoverished Asians who often are deceived, exploited and put in harm's way with little protection. The U.S. has long condemned the practices that characterize this human trade as it operates elsewhere in the Middle East. Yet this very system is part of the privatization of the American war effort and is central to the operations of Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the U.S. military's biggest private contractor in Iraq.
June 13, 2005
Blast derails train traveling to Moscow from Chechnya MOSCOW - A bomb derailed a passenger train traveling from Chechnya to Moscow yesterday, injuring at least 15 people in what officials described as a terrorist attack. The bombing occurred after a relative lull in attacks in Russia, one suggesting that security officials were making progress against those behind a wave of terrorist acts, including the seizure of the school in Beslan in September that left more than 330 people dead. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing, but the timing and the target suggested a link to the war in Chechnya.
By JOHN EISENBERG | December 25, 2004
LIKE MANY PEOPLE who root for the Orioles, Tony Pente would love to find Carlos Delgado or a new starting pitcher among his holiday gifts. But Pente has more basic desires this year, such as a safe return to his wife and four children in 2005, and good things for the people of Afghanistan, where he is in a yearlong Army deployment. Pente, 34, is an intelligence specialist with deep Baltimore-area roots. He grew up in Anne Arundel County and graduated from Northeast High School. His grandfather is the unofficial mayor of Little Italy whose bedroom serves as the projection room for the open-air summer movie festival.
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 19, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Army has abruptly reversed itself and decided to pay all of Halliburton Co.'s fees to house and feed U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait after the company threatened to legally challenge the effort to penalize it. The Houston oil-and-service company announced early Tuesday that the Army had decided to pay just 85 percent for services in the war zone after a dispute over how the company calculated its bills. But late Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Army Field Support Command said the 15 percent penalty for the company's Kellogg Brown and Root subsidiary - amounting to an estimated $60 million a month - would not be levied.
By T. Christian Miller and T. Christian Miller,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 12, 2004
WASHINGTON - Pentagon auditors have found that Halliburton Co. cannot properly document more than $1.8 billion worth of work done under its contracts in Iraq and Kuwait, U.S. Army officials said yesterday. The latest setback for the Houston-based oil services company came in an audit by the Defense Contract Auditing Agency, which also found that the company's system for generating cost estimates used in negotiations with the government was "inadequate." The agency recommended that government contracting officials demand fixes within 45 days and seek more detailed information during negotiations with Halliburton, which has contracts worth as much as $18.2 billion in Iraq to feed and house troops and restore the country's oil infrastructure.
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 29, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company, an Army Reserve unit at the heart of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, has left Iraq for Kuwait and could head back to the United States as early as next week, military officers and soldiers said. The ill-starred MP company, which arrived in Iraq in May 2003, will be returning without at least five of the seven soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees at the prison outside Baghdad. They remain in Iraq while their cases make their way through the military justice system, officials said.
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
Soldiers coming home on two-week leaves from service in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan will no longer travel through Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the Army announced yesterday. Instead, the soldiers will primarily use the Atlanta and Dallas airports when the currently suspended leave program resumes June 15. About 10,500 military personnel participating in the rest and recuperation program traveled through BWI from Nov. 2 to Jan. 1. The Army said it decided to stop using BWI as a transit point for soldiers on leave because most of the units deployed in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan are from the South and Southeast.
By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 23, 2004
George Herbert Walker Bush, by Tom Wicker. Viking. 228 pages. $19.95. Clare Boothe Luce once said that history remembers even the greatest presidents with one sentence. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and saved the union. Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation out of the Depression and won World War II. So what will George Herbert Walker Bush's sentence be? In this brief biography, the veteran journalist suggests that the elder Bush's greatest accomplishment may merely have been becoming president.
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 10, 2003
The U.S. government is paying the Halliburton Co. an average of $2.64 a gallon to import gasoline and other fuel to Iraq from Kuwait, more than twice what others are paying to truck in Kuwaiti fuel, government documents show. Halliburton, which has the exclusive contract to import fuel into Iraq, subcontracts the work to a Kuwaiti firm, government officials said. But Halliburton receives 26 cents a gallon to cover overhead costs and its fee, according to documents from the Army Corps of Engineers.
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