Military history http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27579/all en UPDATE 4-U.S. to lift ban on women in front-line combat jobs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-us-lift-ban-women-front-line-combat-jobs-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Decision to be announced on Thursday</p> <p>* Would be implemented by 2016, adds to Panetta's legacy</p> <p>* Military ended ban on gays, lesbians in 2011 (Adds context on women in combat elsewhere in the world)</p> <p>By David Alexander and Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. military will formally end its ban on women serving in front-line combat roles, officials said on Wednesday, in a move that could open thousands of fighting jobs to female service members for the first time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-us-lift-ban-women-front-line-combat-jobs-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contemporary history Human rights abuses Military history Politics of the United States Security Social Issues United States War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:00:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738557 at http://www.globalpost.com Ending US combat ban will even career playing field, servicewomen say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/ending-us-combat-ban-will-even-career-playing-field-servicewome <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Servicewomen say they already serve in combat zones</p> <p>* Without combat ribbons, their careers are stunted</p> <p>* Critics say "social experiment" could compromise military</p> <p>By Jane Sutton</p> <p>Jan 23 (Reuters) - A Pentagon decision to lift a ban on women in front-line combat roles will remove an obstacle that stymied women's careers but had little meaning on modern battlefields with no clear front lines, U.S. military women said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/ending-us-combat-ban-will-even-career-playing-field-servicewome" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gender studies Military history Politics of the United States Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:15:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738661 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. urges lifting of UN arms embargo on Somalia-envoys http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/us-urges-lifting-un-arms-embargo-somalia-envoys <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Louis Charbonneau</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States is urging fellow members of the U.N. Security Council to agree to demands by the government in Mogadishu to lift the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in place for the past 21 years, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/us-urges-lifting-un-arms-embargo-somalia-envoys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contemporary history International relations Military history Politics Social Issues United Nations War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747033 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-U.S. urges lifting of UN arms embargo on Somalia-envoys http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-us-urges-lifting-un-arms-embargo-somalia-envoys <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds U.S. official, diplomats; paragraphs 6-7, 17)</p> <p>By Louis Charbonneau</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States is urging fellow members of the U.N. Security Council to agree to demands by the government in Mogadishu to lift the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in place for the past 21 years, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-us-urges-lifting-un-arms-embargo-somalia-envoys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contemporary history International relations Military history Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:30:58 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747055 at http://www.globalpost.com Appeal judges overturn conviction of former Yugoslav army leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/blank-headline-received-15 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>THE HAGUE, Feb 28 (Reuters) - U.N. war crimes court judges on Thursday overturned the conviction of the former chief of staff of the Yugoslav army, acquitting him of charges of aiding and abetting crimes committed in Bosnia and Croatia during the Yugoslav wars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/blank-headline-received-15" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bosnian War Military history Momčilo Perišić Serbian war crimes Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5769789 at http://www.globalpost.com US buries two Civil War sailors , 151 years later http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/us-buries-two-civil-war-sailors-151-years-later <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The remains of two sailors who died aboard a famed US Civil War ship were buried with full military honors on Friday, 151 years after their groundbreaking vessel fought a crucial battle.</p> <p>The skeletons of the unidentified crew members were recovered in 2002 off the coast of North Carolina, where the Union's USS Monitor went down in a storm in 1862.</p> <p>The extraordinary ceremony at Arlington national cemetery was held on the 151st anniversary of the naval battle that made the ship famous.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/us-buries-two-civil-war-sailors-151-years-later" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Battle of Hampton Roads Military history Watercraft AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:00:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777682 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia conflict timeline since 2011 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/somalia-conflict-timeline-2011 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Key events in Somalia since the Islamist Shebab militia was expelled from the capital in 2011:</p> <p> 2011</p> <p> - August: Most of the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab fighters pull out of the capital in the face of an offensive by troops of the African Union force. Famine is widespread in Mogadishu and many other parts of Somalia.</p> <p> - October 4: A suicide bomb attack on buildings of the Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu kills at least 82 people.</p> <p> 2012</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/somalia-conflict-timeline-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Contemporary history Military history Politics War AFP Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:00:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5815514 at http://www.globalpost.com On Remembrance Day, Harper marks 200th anniversary of key War of 1812 battle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131111/remembrance-day-harper-marks-200th-anniversary-key-war-1812- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MORRISBURG, Ont. - Stephen Harper took Remembrance Day back 200 years on Monday to a key battlefield from a war fought decades before Canada was a nation.</p> <p>The prime minister stood on a rainy hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River to once again pay homage to the War of 1812, this time at Crysler's Farm near Morrisburg, Ont.</p> <p>A field near the farm, underwater since the 1950s thanks to the expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway, was the site of a military engagement that's often referred to as "the battle that saved Canada."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131111/remembrance-day-harper-marks-200th-anniversary-key-war-1812-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military history Stephen Harper Stephen Harper War The Canadian Press Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:31:56 +0000 The Canadian Press 5986201 at http://www.globalpost.com Feature: Warrior turns soldier, gears up for Somali war front http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131205/feature-warrior-turns-soldier-gears-somali-war-front <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feature: Warrior turns soldier, gears up for Somali war front</p> <p>by Ronald Ssekandi and Yuan Qing</p> <p>IBANDA, Uganda, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- It is graduation day, 22- year-old Mohamad Osman Farah readies himself for battle back in volatile Somalia where Al-Shabaab militants backed with foreign fighters are fighting the Somali government.</p> <p>From a warrior to a professional soldier, it has been a three- month journey for Farah here at Bihanga Training School, a military facility owned by the Ugandan military.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131205/feature-warrior-turns-soldier-gears-somali-war-front" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Contemporary history Military history War Xinhua News Agency Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:17:08 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6010336 at http://www.globalpost.com Women man the Home Front in World War I http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140218/women-man-the-home-front-world-war-i <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Driving trams, ploughing fields and manning production lines: World War I radically changed women's role in society, as they stepped into the boots of men gone to fight for their countries.</p> <p>In cities across Europe, women took on traditionally "male" jobs -- waiting on tables, delivering the mail, teaching in boys' schools or handling cash as bank clerks.</p> <p>"Women rapidly became indispensable, not only in the nursing and welfare services but in offices and factories and agriculture, changing the whole balance of society in the process," says the historian Michael Howard.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140218/women-man-the-home-front-world-war-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gender studies Labor Military history Social Issues Women in World War I AFP Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:31:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6074573 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali warlord quits Shebab extremists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140607/somali-warlord-quits-shebab-extremists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A notorious Somali warlord allied to the Islamist Shebab and on UN sanction lists has agreed to quit the extremists, the information ministry said Saturday.</p> <p>Powerful arms dealer Mohamed Said Atom, who is under UN Security Council sanctions for "kidnapping, piracy and terrorism", has been a close ally of the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab.</p> <p>But a government statement on Saturday quoted Atom as saying he had left the Shebab, accusing Islamist chief Ahmed Abdi Godane of working for a "foreign agenda."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140607/somali-warlord-quits-shebab-extremists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Contemporary history Military history War AFP Sat, 07 Jun 2014 19:34:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6169759 at http://www.globalpost.com Shebab militants shoot dead famed Somali singer and MP http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140723/shebab-militants-shoot-dead-famed-somali-singer-and-mp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Somali lawmaker and prominent singer-songwriter Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu in the latest attack by Shebab insurgents against the government, police and witnesses said.</p> <p>The shooting, with gunmen spraying her car with bullets before escaping, is the latest in a string of shootings or bombings targeting government officials.</p> <p>Witnesses said armed men ambushed Warsame's car as it was travelling in the south of the capital, killing her and her driver.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140723/shebab-militants-shoot-dead-famed-somali-singer-and-mp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Contemporary history Military history Politics Social Issues War AFP Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6213131 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali president thanks US for killing Shebab leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140905/somali-president-thanks-us-killing-shebab-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Somalia's president on Friday thanked the United States for killing the leader of the country's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in an air strike earlier this week.</p> <p>"The Somali government thanks the US government and individuals in the Somali security forces who helped the operation," said a statement from the office of Somalia's internationally-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140905/somali-president-thanks-us-killing-shebab-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contemporary history Military history Modern history War AFP Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:38:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6250461 at http://www.globalpost.com Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140923/exclusive-courting-vietnam-us-prepares-ease-arms-embargo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lesley Wroughton and Andrea Shalal</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140923/exclusive-courting-vietnam-us-prepares-ease-arms-embargo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military history Military history by country Technology Vietnam War War Thomson Reuters Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:16:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6266822 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. eases arms embargo against Vietnam for maritime security http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/141002/us-eases-arms-embargo-against-vietnam-maritime-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lesley Wroughton and Andrea Shalal</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam to help it improve maritime security, a historic move that comes nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.</p> <p>"The State Department has taken steps to allow for the future transfer of maritime security-related defense articles to Vietnam," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/141002/us-eases-arms-embargo-against-vietnam-maritime-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military history Military history by country Politics Vietnam War War Thomson Reuters Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:58:45 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6275952 at http://www.globalpost.com