Guard: Manning protest annoyed brig's staff

The Virginian-Pilot FORT MEADE, Md. — Some workers at a Marine Corps brig housing a soldier charged with sending U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks became annoyed at a demonstration on his behalf the day before a confrontation that led to tighter restrictions on him, a former guard testified Saturday. The testimony by former Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cline undercut government efforts to show that Pfc. Bradley Manning's tight confinement conditions were justified to prevent him from killing or hurtin ... More

Military docs use cutting-edge device to save patient

US Official News WASHINGTON — Doctors from San Antonio Military Medical Center here saved a young mother’s life last month using cutting-edge technology historically reserved for infants and young children. The case marked the first time the medical center has treated an adult with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, a heart-lung bypass system that circulates blood through an external artificial lung and sends it back into the patient’s bloodstream. “This is a true success stor ... More

Case Study: MV Avrasya hostage siege

By Phillip Null On a chilly January day at approximately 2000 (local), 188 passengers boarded the MV Avrasaya, a 3,383–ton, Panama-flagged ferry, in the Black Sea port of Trabzon, Turkey, for a 12-hour voyage to Sochi, Russia. After the passengers were onboard, a group of gunmen wearing ski masks boarded from the ship's stern ramp and made their way to the bridge and passenger decks. As they ascended the stairs to the main deck, a port security supervisor confronted them and fired two rounds from h ... More

U.S. Senate backs faster Afghanistan military withdrawal

Radio Free Europe WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of speeding up the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The Senate voted 62-33 on a nonbinding amendment to a defense policy bill calling for the quicker pullout. Analysts say the vote is likely to send a clear message to President Barack Obama and the military as they debate the pace of drawing down the 66,000 troops in Afghanistan. Senator Jeff Merkley, the chief sponsor, argued that Al-Qaeda is stronger in other parts of the worl ... More