Tag: Military history

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago


On August 2, 1964, the U.S. destroyer Maddox exchanged shots with North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two days later, the Maddox and another destroyer reported once again coming under fire. Although most historians, including those employed

US drone strikes in Pakistan kill 27 people in three days


Rockets fired from a U.S. drone killed 15 people in northwest Pakistan on Monday, intelligence officials said, an attack likely to add to tensions between Washington and Islamabad amid a standoff over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The strike, the

Special ops teams first in, last out in Afghan war


First in and last out — that's the current plan for elite U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to Adm. Bill McRaven. The top U.S. special operations commander said his troops could be tapped to lead the mission in Afghanistan, while

Suicide Bomber Attacks Airfield in Southern Afghanistan


Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed seven civilians near the entrance to the Kandahar Airfield, the latest in a series of attacks in southern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, saying they were targeting NATO

Roadside Bomb Kills 4 in Southern Afghanistan


NATO says a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed four civilians and critically injured a fifth. The coalition says the attack happened Friday in Trinkot City in Uruzgan province. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, but roadside

CIA has suspended drone attacks in Pakistan, U.S. officials say

A Pakistani security officer examines a crashed U.S. surveillance drone.

In an effort to mend badly frayed relations with Pakistan, the CIA has suspended drone missile strikes on gatherings of low-ranking militants believed to be involved in cross-border attacks on U.S. troops or facilities in Afghanistan, current and former U.S.

Drone belonged to CIA, officials say


The unmanned surveillance plane lost by the United States in Iran was a stealth aircraft being used for secret missions by the CIA, U.S. officials said Monday. The officials said Iran’s military appears to be in possession of one of