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2008-07-28 16:40:00

The United States Army is working to reduce its carbon "bootprint", with the goal of cutting emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2015. "What I'm interested in doing is finding out what the greenhouse gas emissions, this carbon bootprint, are for the Army in two to three years at the latest," said Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health, during a telephone interview with the Associated Press. From installations as far away...

2006-08-14 05:38:23

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A day after a series of blasts killed at least 56 people, the dazed residents of Zaafaraniya are still wondering what hit them. Simultaneous explosions on Sunday night included a suicide motorcycle bomber, rockets and a roadside bomb which hit a market in the southern Baghdad district, police said. At least two mortar bombs hit an apartment building in the same area and a car bomb blew up wounding 128 people, they said. But the scale of the...

2006-05-27 23:53:54

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least two people, police sources said. The sources said at least 17 people were also wounded. One bomb exploded and then another was detonated as a crowd gathered to inspect the damage, a tactic that has often been used by insurgents in a campaign designed to topple the government.

2006-05-07 13:08:53

By Ibon Villelabeitia FORT TARIK, Iraq (Reuters) - A senior U.S. general flew to Iraq's vast desert frontier with Iran on Sunday and vowed to stop what he said was the smuggling of bomb materials from Iran that is wreaking havoc among American troops. Landing by helicopter under the gun sights of Iranian border guards perched on a watchtower across the frontier, Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, the No. 2 U.S. general in Iraq, said U.S. and Iraqi forces securing the border will do...

2006-03-28 14:15:00

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not adequately protected itself against the nightmare scenario of a nuclear attack by terrorists, the head of the panel that investigated the September 11, 2001, attacks said on Tuesday. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean told a Senate panel that neither the Bush administration nor Congress has done all it can to protect American lives and the U.S. economy: "The size of the problem still totally dwarfs the policy response." Another...

2006-03-17 17:29:05

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airport screeners need to do a better job of detecting unassembled bombs, the Transportation Security Administration chief said on Friday after an investigation showed bomb-making material had been smuggled through checkpoints at 21 airports. TSA Director Kip Hawley said the agency had already shifted its emphasis from screening passengers and bags for items like scissors to focus on explosives and potential suicide bombers. He said results...

2006-02-06 08:34:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is tripling its spending to about $3.5 billion, on a newly expanded effort to combat the rising number of increasingly powerful homemade bombs that are the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Sunday. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that despite years of rising death tolls from the devices, the response has not been sufficiently focused or coordinated at the highest levels, the Times said. Last...

2006-02-05 22:34:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is tripling its spending to about $3.5 billion, on a newly expanded effort to combat the rising number of increasingly powerful homemade bombs that are the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Sunday. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that despite years of rising death tolls from the devices, the response has not been sufficiently focused or coordinated at the highest levels, the Times said. Last...

2005-12-01 06:15:02

By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Three decades after the final act of the Vietnam War, Laos, the conflict's secret and illegal theater, remains littered with millions of unexploded U.S. bombs, which kill or maim at least 200 people a year. In all, an estimated 2 million tonnes of munitions were dropped on Laos, a landlocked jungle-clad country of 5 million people which still has the dubious honor of being the most bombed country per capita in the world. Of that 2 million tonnes,...

2005-12-01 03:56:54

By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Three decades after the final act of the Vietnam War, Laos, the conflict's secret and illegal theater, remains littered with millions of unexploded U.S. bombs, which kill or maim at least 200 people a year. In all, an estimated 2 million tonnes of munitions were dropped on Laos, a landlocked jungle-clad country of 5 million people which still has the dubious honor of being the most bombed country per capita in the world. Of that 2 million tonnes,...


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