Matt Schofield

France won’t attack Syria if U.S. doesn’t, prime minister tells his Senate

French leaders warned Wednesday that failing to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would send a dangerous signal to the dictators of the world. | 09/04/13 13:37:40 By - By Matthew Schofield

Kerry says Syrian use of chemical weapons ‘undeniable;’ U.N. investigates

A U.N. team began inspecting the site of a possible chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Monday as the United States used its strongest language yet to condemn the Syria government for purportedly using deadly nerve gas to kill hundreds of its own people in an escalating and bloody civil war. | 08/26/13 19:28:22 By - By Anita Kumar, Mitchell Prothero and Matthew Schofield

Defense experts question Joint Chiefs chairman’s views on Syria

Several international defense experts said that a recent letter from America’s top military leader about the war in Syria revealed a “great power” weary of conflict, cautious on spending and hesitant about overseas engagements. But several experts questioned his costs and conclusions. | 08/06/13 18:20:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Senators worry about cost of finding long-dead U.S. warriors

A Senate subcommittee review Thursday of the military commands that oversee finding and bringing home the remains of long-lost troops made it clear there are deep problems. | 08/01/13 17:36:01 By - By Matthew Schofield

Official who oversaw Guantanamo resigns as U.S. says it will send 2 detainees to Algeria

The Obama administration on Friday announced that it has notified Congress that it soon will transfer two detainees from the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to their home nation of Algeria, the first repatriations from the detention center in 10 months. | 07/26/13 20:26:36 By - By Matthew Schofield, Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Germany backs away from claims NSA program thwarted five attacks

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich is backing off his earlier assertion that the Obama administration’s NSA monitoring of Internet accounts had prevented five terror attacks in Germany, raising questions about other claims concerning the value of the massive monitoring programs revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. | 07/18/13 16:33:14 By - By Matthew Schofield

Europe’s image of tolerance doesn’t extend to gay rights

Vadim’s brilliant white groom’s tuxedo matched both his smile and the outfits of his friends as they gathered along Berlin’s famed shopping street, the Ku’damm, and waited for the uberfestive annual gay pride parade to begin. | 07/16/13 20:45:55 By - By Matthew Schofield

Edward Snowden reportedly vows no more leaks as he seeks asylum in Russia

Acknowledging that he’s trapped in a Moscow airport by the ability of the United States and its European allies to force to the ground nearly any aircraft he boards, fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked Russia on Friday to grant him temporary asylum, promising, apparently, that he was finished leaking information about U.S. government programs. | 07/12/13 18:20:35 By - By Matthew Schofield

Trapped: An air escape from Moscow unlikely for NSA leaker Snowden

Beginning a third week holed up in a Moscow airport’s transit zone, Edward Snowden finds himself far enough away to evade U.S. authorities, but also too far from any of the sympathetic nations willing to shelter him. | 07/10/13 19:52:53 By - By Hannah Allam and Matt Schofield

How the hunt for Edward Snowden, and bad information, stranded Bolivian president

The diplomatic row between the U.S. and Bolivia began before Friday, when Bolivian President Evo Morales started talking about kicking out the U.S. Embassy. It began before airspace was closed to Morales’ jet, forcing him to spend 13 hours in Vienna during a trip home from Moscow. According to Russian news reports, it began when a U.S. official failed to notice that the target of the hunt – former NSA contractor Edward Snowden – was at one airport and the Bolivian presidential jet was taking off from another, about 35 miles away. | 07/05/13 21:09:24 By - By Matthew Schofield

Denial of European airspace for Bolivian president’s flight causes turbulence

The assertion by Bolivia’s president that his plane was denied rights to fly across four European nations because of suspicions that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden might be on board set off a bitter diplomatic battle Wednesday that did little to illuminate what actually had happened. | 07/03/13 19:14:37 By - By Matthew Schofield

European anger growing over extent of alleged U.S. electronic surveillance

In the pages the German tabloid Bild, President Barack Obama on Tuesday had been renamed OHRbama (Ohr is the German word for ear). He was pictured leaning over to listen to German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a grossly oversized ear. | 07/02/13 18:15:32 By - By Matthew Schofield

Europe likely to stay on sidelines when U.S. ships arms to Syria rebels

When the Obama administration begins arming Syrian rebels through the CIA, something news reports say will happen within the next month, it probably it will be acting without help from its European allies. Despite the end of the European Union’s embargo on supplying weapons to the rebels, which expired May 30, experts see little will or appetite among European nations for adding more weapons to the bloody Syrian civil war. Not even the British, who were pressing just weeks ago for arming the rebels, are likely to do so. | 06/28/13 16:51:53 By - By Matthew Schofield

Memories of Stasi color Germans’ view of U.S. surveillance programs

Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany. Peering out over the city that lived in fear when the communist party ruled it, he pondered the magnitude of domestic spying in the United States under the Obama administration. A smile spread across his face. “You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,” he said, recalling the days when he was a lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police, the Stasi. In those days, his department was limited to tapping 40 phones at a time, he recalled. | 06/26/13 17:59:48 By - By Matthew Schofield

Chemical weapons experts still skeptical about U.S. claim that Syria used sarin

Chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism Friday about U.S. claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad had used the nerve agent sarin against rebels on at least four occasions this spring, saying that while the use of such a weapon is always possible, they’ve yet to see the telltale signs of a sarin gas attack, despite months of scrutiny. | 06/14/13 20:00:45 By - By Matthew Schofield

Pentagon: Israel approved document that revealed details of missile base

U.S. officials deny that they inadvertently revealed secret details about a proposed Israeli missile base when they put the $25 million project up for bid. | 06/06/13 18:39:47 By - By Matthew Schofield and Sheera Frenkel

After decades of searching, could a handful of debris provide the answer?

Nearly half a century passed before the suspected remains of six airmen made the journey from a rice paddy in southeastern Laos to a forensics lab near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

But once those remains arrived, the experts preparing to study and identify them knew that at best the men were only halfway home. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Lack of answers tests the faith and mettle of families and searchers alike

In military lingo, the location of the lost crew of Spooky 21 was a classic SWAG: Scientific Wild-Ass Guess. That’s the term investigators use for figuring out something as unpredictable as where a plane should have crashed when it got shot out of the sky in Laos. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

A long-ago war, a missing plane and an enduring mystery

Maj. Derrell Jeffords bounced his roaring Spooky 21 down and off the runway at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. It was just before 7:30 a.m., on Christmas Eve 1965. The big camouflaged belly of his twin-prop AC-47 was easily visible against a blue sky as he banked west.

The cargo plane-turned-gunship was on its way to Laos; its mission was top secret. | 05/25/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Despite political clamor over Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria, no clear evidence it’s been crossed

Despite rising calls for some kind of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, scant evidence exists, at least in public, that Syria’s vicious civil war has breached President Barack Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons. | 05/06/13 19:35:11 By - By Hannah Allam, Matthew Schofield and Jonathan S. Landay

New accusation on chemical weapons in Syria underscores Obama’s line that we don’t know much

Even as President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that the United States knows very little about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, dueling reports surfaced of a new chemical attack in a town near the Turkish border, demonstrating how complex the issue can be. | 04/30/13 19:23:23 By - By Matthew Schofield, Paul Raymond and Roy Gutman

Obama, Putin discuss Syria and claims that it used chemical weapons

Even as the White House said it still lacked proof that Syria unleashed chemical weapons against its people, President Barack Obama on Monday raised the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to reach out one of Syria’s key allies. | 04/29/13 19:08:34 By - By Lesley Clark and Matthew Schofield

U.S. believes Syria may have used chemical weapons; experts offer caution

Even as lawmakers pressed President Barack Obama on Thursday to take more aggressive action in Syria, questions surfaced among experts and from within the U.S. government about the strength of the evidence showing that chemical weapons have been used in that nation’s 2-year-old civil war. | 04/25/13 20:15:10 By - By Jonathan S. Landay, Matthew Schofield and Anita Kumar

Video in Boston bombing probe yields clues

Investigators plugged away Wednesday in the search for the Boston Marathon bomber, or bombers, as they picked through videotape and explosive fragments with an expertise honed on foreign wars and terror attacks. | 04/17/13 20:04:41 By - By Lesley Clark, Michael Doyle and Matthew Schofield

Bombs frequent in U.S.; 172 ‘IED’ incidents in last 6 months, by 1 count

The two explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 170 Monday in Boston were dramatic, the deadliest bombing in the United States since April 19, 1995, when a truck loaded with fertilizer blew up outside the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168. But the method of attack wasn’t particularly surprising to anti-terrorism experts: a homemade bomb that officials refer to as an IED, or improvised explosive device. | 04/16/13 19:26:23 By - By Matthew Schofield and Erika Bolstad

Rand Paul tries to spread GOP gospel to black students

Adding his voice to his party’s recent quest to broaden its minority appeal, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a potential Republican presidential hopeful in 2016, told an audience at a historically black university on Wednesday that his party “has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights.” | 04/10/13 18:32:43 By - By Matthew Schofield

Iraq changed U.S. military tactics – think quick and small

Ten years ago, the United States massed a traditional military force behind sand-berm walls separating Kuwait from Iraq. | 03/19/13 17:09:52 By - By Matthew Schofield

General emails airmen, lamenting furloughs due to sequester

While the automatic federal budget cuts have spurred a blame game and little action in the nation’s capital, in the Air Force’s Pacific command they’ve triggered an apology from the top man. | 03/11/13 17:38:04 By - By Matthew Schofield

U.S. military must find ways to meet global threats - and budget demands

Pirates prowl the high seas. Terrorists flex their muscles in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. China gets stronger. Russia grows increasingly inscrutable, and Iran and North Korea remain unpredictable. | 03/11/13 15:40:15 By - By Matthew Schofield

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky filibusters vote on Obama's choice for CIA, John Brennan

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Wednesday began a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, saying he would continue speaking from the floor of the Senate until he had guarantees that U.S. policy on the use of drones would not be applied to Americans at home. Editor's note: The filibuster ended at 12:39 a.m., Thursday, March 7th. | 03/06/13 19:23:29 By - By Matthew Schofield and William Douglas

Sequester will hurt military readiness, Chuck Hagel says

American military readiness starts deteriorating at midnight. Flights will be grounded. Ships will stay dockside. Army unit training will stop. That’s the assessment of the top Pentagon officials in the wake of abrupt and deep budget cuts that will take effect Saturday. | 03/01/13 18:46:18 By - By Matthew Schofield

Hagel wins confirmation fight, but tough defense issues lie ahead

After a contentious and possibly damaging nomination process that lasted almost two months, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as the new secretary of defense. | 02/26/13 19:59:05 By - By Matthew Schofield

Pentagon: Crack won't affect future of F-35 fighter

A small crack on an engine blade of the controversial F-35 fighter jet means the planes will again be grounded, but the defect does not yet appear to have any effect on the future of the aircraft, a Pentagon official said Monday. | 02/25/13 18:04:44 By - By Matthew Schofield

Without a budget accord, Pentagon prepares for furloughs

Tanks would not roll, fighter jets would be grounded and aircraft carriers might be stuck dockside. | 02/20/13 19:16:36 By - By Matthew Schofield

Panetta: Congress hurting itself and U.S. image with continuous squabbling

The world is nervously watching a dysfunctional Congress and wondering “whether or not we can rise to the challenges” that face the United States, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Wednesday. | 02/13/13 18:41:25 By - Matthew Schofield

Experts: U.S. must prepare for day North Korea can put a nuclear warhead on a rocket

Scientists and security experts studying North Korea’s nuclear test on Tuesday believe the rogue nation is closing in on being able to place a nuclear weapon atop a missile and loft it at another country. | 02/12/13 19:29:33 By - By Matthew Schofield and Jonathan S. Landay

By exiting papacy still alive, Pope Benedict follows a precedent not seen for 598 years

Before April 19, 2005, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger talked warmly of retiring. He was looking forward to a leisurely life, with his books, his brother and his beloved gray cat back in ancient Regensburg, Germany, where he owned a house. | 02/11/13 19:30:20 By - By Matthew Schofield

Despite sanctions, U.S. aid to Afghanistan might also be helping Iran

The Afghan National Army may have broken the U.S.-led economic embargo against Iran by using American aid to buy Iranian fuel for its military vehicles, generators and cooking processes, according to a military audit and experts on the region. | 02/11/13 16:21:26 By - By Matthew Schofield

Change of commanders in Afghanistan starts clock on end of U.S. war there

Inside the heavily secured headquarters of the NATO-led forces here, the man who could be the last commander of America’s longest war will officially take charge Sunday of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. | 02/08/13 16:06:16 By - By Jay Price and Matt Schofield

Panetta, military wanted to arm Syrian rebels, Senate panel told

America’s two top defense leaders acknowledged Thursday that they’d supported a CIA plan, opposed by the White House, to arm Syrian rebels . | 02/08/13 10:59:18 By - By Matthew Schofield

Chuck Hagel, Senate Republicans clash at confirmation hearing

The left came to praise former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican whom Obama nominated to be his next secretary of defense. The right came to, if not bury him, keep him on the hot seat all day as it explored his views and past, sometimes controversial, statements on Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and nuclear weapons. | 01/31/13 19:12:04 By - By Matthew Schofield

New combat policy for women cracks the ‘Kevlar ceiling’

Those familiar with the impact of the ban on women in combat say the reasons to lift it rest in the numbers. About one in five junior officers are women. But because official combat roles were ruled out for women, and those roles are at least the tiebreaker in promotions, the percentages of women decline as ranks increase. By the time service members reach the rank of general, women are down to about one in 12. | 01/31/13 14:24:23 By - By Matthew Schofield

U.S. military to lift ban on women in combat: ‘Historic step for equality’

The U.S. military will soon announce the end of a 19-year ban on women in combat, according to a senior defense official, a sweeping change that appears to recognize the reality that female troops have experienced since the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. | 01/23/13 19:21:51 By - By Matthew Schofield

Gen. Allen cleared in email investigation linked to the Petraeus scandal

The top general in Afghanistan has been cleared in an email scandal that had threatened his career just as he was putting the finishing touches on plans for the American military drawdown in the 11-year-old war. | 01/22/13 19:39:19 By - By Matthew Schofield

Is Mali the next Afghanistan?

It sounds as if it could be the plot for a new Indiana Jones adventure. But those who study international terrorism say it would be a mistake for Americans to think of this conflict as anything but deadly serious. The war in Mali is the new front in the war on international terrorism. | 01/18/13 17:43:36 By - By Matthew Schofield

From Capitol Hill to Iran, next defense secretary faces challenges

The trial balloon for the next secretary of defense barely lifted off before the darts started zipping at it, from the left and the right. | 12/31/12 15:29:51 By - By Matthew Schofield

All-volunteer military may desensitize U.S. to war, some fear

The all-volunteer military force appears to be passing from generation to generation, leading to the worrying notion that the United States is developing a warrior class. One survey indicated that 57 percent of active troops today are the children of current or former active or reserve service members. | 12/31/12 13:37:09 By - By Matthew Schofield

Fiscal cliff’s impact in Kentucky uncertain but worrisome

Two weeks before the federal government is forced to make cuts that could impact classrooms, extension programs and staff, Kentucky State University’s Teferi Tsegaye notes that all he knows for sure about the so-called “fiscal cliff” is that his agricultural school is among those being shoved over. | 12/17/12 15:33:53 By - By Matthew Schofield

Successful North Korean missile launch triggers security concerns

Just shy of eight months after a very public and humiliating failure, the successful long-range missile launch Wednesday by Kim Jong Un’s North Korean ballistic-missile program gave the world a reason to re-evaluate the threat from his rogue nation. | 12/12/12 18:52:48 By - By Matthew Schofield

Deep defense cuts loom as fiscal cliff inches closer

Pentagon spokesman George Little recently talked about what the U.S. military accomplished during Hurricane Sandy: installed hundreds of generators, removed millions of gallons of water and tons of debris, and ferried millions of meals and gallons of fuel to affected areas. | 12/06/12 16:44:07 By - By Matthew Schofield

Emails between Gen. Allen and Jill Kelley raise more questions

The emails between Marine Gen. John Allen, the top American military leader in Afghanistan, and a Florida socialite contain comments that “go beyond flirtatious, and can probably be described safely as suggestive,” a Defense Department official said Wednesday. | 11/14/12 16:23:16 By - By Matthew Schofield

Top general swept up in Petraeus scandal; another investigation underway

Congress returned from its election break Tuesday to grapple with the shocking resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus in a sex scandal that widened to possibly taint the Marine general who commands U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. | 11/13/12 20:08:01 By - By Matthew Schofield, James Rosen and Jonathan S. Landay

Questions and some answers about attack on U.S. consulate in Libya

Questions continue to swirl around the attack on the American consulate in Libya in September that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead. | 11/01/12 19:30:16 By - By Matthew Schofield

Obama and Romney not that different on national security, foreign policy

After a campaign that’s been about jobs, jobs and more jobs, the next president will be faced with a world full of problems that have little to do with improving the American economy. These are issues that often bear a geographic name: Afghanistan, Benghazi, Iran, Syria, Israel, or with out-thinking and overcoming those who seek to harm Americans. | 10/29/12 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Despite Germany’s economic boom, problems lie ahead

On a recent Friday afternoon at a downtown grocery store, just blocks from where there was once a very famous wall and not far from where Adolf Hitler killed himself, perhaps the most powerful woman on Earth waited in a recycling line with a sack of empty plastic bottles. | 10/24/12 15:09:32 By - By Matthew Schofield

To tally the Navy’s strength requires more than math

America’s Navy is stronger, smaller, more dominant, more vulnerable and more lethal than at any time since World War I. So, for those confused by dueling candidates on the topic during Monday night’s presidential debate, hope that’s cleared up things. | 10/23/12 19:08:07 By - By Matthew Schofield

The Afghan war: Do the numbers add up to success?

The 33,000 U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan two years ago to stop Taliban advances are back home, with military officials claiming that the surge accomplished its objectives. | 10/09/12 18:26:09 By - By Matthew Schofield

State Department delay cited in seeking Pentagon protection for FBI agents in Libya

The State Department took nearly three weeks to formally request U.S. military protection for FBI agents assigned to investigate the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three other Americans, according to a senior U.S. official and a person familiar with the matter. | 10/04/12 20:38:18 By - By Matthew Schofield and Jonathan S. Landay

In storybook rural Germany, thefts prompt concern over gun restrictions

Small businesses in this newly capitalist region have lost millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to thieves from beyond the German border. The thefts have made some Germans wary of their neighbors and they’ve triggered an unprecedented debate on gun use. | 09/24/12 11:37:31 By - By Matthew Schofield

U.S. military won't have role in probe of Libya consulate attack

American warships will prowl the waters off the Libyan coast and surveillance drones will buzz the skies overhead, but Defense Department officials said Thursday that catching the people who attacked the American consulate in Benghazi and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans will involve an on-the-scene investigation led likely by Libyans. | 09/13/12 20:03:03 By - By Matthew Schofield

German Jews, Muslims see circumcision issue as attack on faith

A seemingly simple case led a court to classify religious circumcision as assault, hospitals nationwide to prohibit the practice, a debate in now largely secular Germany about the primitive nature of religion, and Jews and Muslims to band together to protect a time-honored rite both believe to be central to their faiths. | 09/06/12 15:15:12 By - By Matthew Schofield

Sens. Carl Levin, John McCain want United Technologies suspended from defense work

Two powerful U.S. senators want the Pentagon to consider suspending or blocking one of the nation’s largest defense contractors from government work because a subsidiary has admitted selling software to China that it knew would be used for military purposes. | 08/09/12 18:56:43 By - By Matthew Schofield

Pentagon gets U.S. military ready for its movie close-ups

The Defense Department has a relationship with the American movie industry that dates to 1911. It even has a price list for the rental of military equipment for films the military wants to support. Renting a B-1B long range bomber for an hour costs $50,529 for approved films. | 08/09/12 15:49:16 By - By Matthew Schofield

In Chesapeake Bay, Army Corps tries to build a better island

In a bay where waves and rising water levels are sweeping islands away, the corps is turning a few fragile pieces of land into a 1,700-acre island with wetlands and a forest to restore decimated bird populations. | 07/23/12 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Family of Anwar al-Awlaki files wrongful death suit against Obama administration officials

The families of three U.S. citizens killed in drone strikes last year in Yemen filed suit Wednesday against Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and three other senior U.S. officials in the latest attempt to shed light on the Obama administration’s secretive program of unmanned aerial strikes overseas. | 07/18/12 19:35:27 By - By Franco Ordonez and Matthew Schofield

States praised, others faulted, for policies toward military voters

With both a tradition of helping service members get their votes counted as well as a tight turnaround between its primary and general elections this year, Washington officials decided to move up the state’s primary date a few weeks, from late August to early August. | 07/17/12 18:37:35 By - By Matthew Schofield

Supreme Court rejects ‘Stolen Valor’ law, says lying about military honors isn’t a crime

The Supreme Court Thursday struck down a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about being a military hero. In fact, the justices ruled that many lies are protected by the First Amendment. | 06/28/12 17:48:06 By - By Michael Doyle and Matthew Schofield

Swimming to freedom, and into center of fight against modern-day slavery

In 2009, Cambodian Prom Vannak Anan dove into a dark sea and away from a life of beatings, unpaid labor and imprisonment on a fishing boat. The lights of a port, four miles distant, guided him. The desire to be free kept him swimming. | 06/19/12 18:28:14 By - By Matthew Schofield

In Mali, rise of Islamic radicals poses new terrorism fears

An unlikely alliance of Islamic radicals and Tuareg tribesmen have seized northern Mali, imposed Sharia law and raised concerns that the area could become the next safe haven for international terrorism. | 06/07/12 18:02:20 By - By Matthew Schofield

U.S.: Al Qaida’s No. 2, Abu Yahya al Libi, killed in Pakistan

U.S. officials on Tuesday confirmed the death in Pakistan of the No. 2 official in al Qaida’s central organization, Abu Yahya al Libi, the latest senior operative killed in the United States’ campaign against the terrorist organization. | 06/05/12 18:33:25 By - By Matthew Schofield and Lesley Clark

For U.S., Egyptian election results are simply 'flavors of bad'

The United States has been preparing for varying degrees of anti-Americanism with the election of a new Egyptian president. So even as the seeming chaos appears to calm, the future of American relations with the new democracy remains uncertain. | 05/25/12 19:13:09 By - By Matthew Schofield

Europe’s economic troubles mount ahead of G-8

Europe’s deepening debt crisis is likely to play out on U.S. shores Friday as financial markets digest the downgrade of the creditworthiness of 16 Spanish banks and the arrival of France’s new socialist president at the White House for meetings with President Barack Obama. | 05/17/12 20:12:40 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Matthew Schofield

Experts: Euro was troubled from birth

From its inception, Europe’s move to a common currency was not as much about money as about political unity and guarding against another European conflict. The economics were always known to be, at best, difficult. | 05/10/12 17:01:49 By - By Matthew Schofield

Europe elections aside, experts say austerity is far from dead

Even as France’s Francois Hollande proclaims that pro-growth measures can help rescue Europe from economic crisis, experts say that only Germany has the money needed to launch a major round of stimulus spending across the euro zone - and it has no intention of sending that much money around the continent. | 05/07/12 19:09:09 By - By Matthew Schofield

Osama bin Laden was angry, increasingly irrelevant in final years, letters show

Seventeen letters seized from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout by the Navy SEALs who found and killed him there last May expose the international terrorist icon in his final years as increasingly irrelevant to his own movement. | 05/03/12 18:07:13 By - By Matthew Schofield

After Osama bin Laden, al Qaida still a many-headed threat

A year ago, U.S. Navy SEALs slipped into a heavily fortified compound in Pakistan and killed the face of international terrorism. There is a growing fear, however, that Osama bin Laden’s death didn’t even seriously wound the international terror threat. | 04/26/12 17:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

UN's Ban Ki-moon calls South Sudan's capture of Heglig an 'illegal act'

The secretary-general of the United Nations on Thursday blasted U.S. ally South Sudan for seizing an oil town on its border with Sudan, calling the military move “an illegal act” and demanding that the country, which split from Sudan last year under a U.S.-brokered peace accord, withdraw its troops. | 04/19/12 19:43:42 By - Matthew Schofield

New Afghanistan war photos part of a long, controversial tradition

The photos released Wednesday of U.S. service members posing with fallen enemies in Afghanistan are ‘morally repugnant,’ officials say, but hardly the first to show soldiers behaving badly in wartime. | 04/19/12 14:21:51 By - By Matthew Schofield

As North Korea readies rocket test, U.S. policy faulted

As North Korea said Tuesday that it was ready to launch a long-range rocket later this week, prompting stern criticism from U.S. officials, experts said the planned launch revealed weaknesses in American policy toward the rogue nation. | 04/10/12 18:13:00 By - Matthew Schofield

News organizations protest closure of Guantanamo hearing

News organizations including The McClatchy Co., The Washington Post and The New York Times filed an objection Thursday to Pentagon plans to close a terrorism hearing next week where details could emerge of a detainee's mistreatment at secret CIA prisons overseas. | 04/05/12 18:19:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Trial of five 9/11 suspects to resume at Guantanamo

The five men believed to be behind the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history were officially charged Wednesday under military law with crimes that carry a maximum sentence of death. | 04/04/12 13:13:39 By - Matthew Schofield

Impact of ending military's 'don't ask, don't tell' law 'negligible'

For 13 years, Marine Maj. Darrel Choat didn't tell. That meant 13 years of demurring when the wives of fellow officers tried to set him up with women they knew. It meant sneaking away to attend the funeral of a friend who'd died of AIDS. It meant staying silent when fellow Marines ranted about "fags." | 04/03/12 14:55:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Mission to reclaim U.S. soldiers' remains shelved as Korean tensions rise

The first to fall in the Korean War are also among the first casualties of the current diplomatic impasse between the United States and North Korea. | 03/27/12 16:14:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales formally charged in Afghanistan massacre

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Friday formally charged Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder, meaning the 38-year-old soldier could face the death penalty if convicted of a March 11 rampage in southern Afghanistan. | 03/23/12 18:05:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Staff Sgt. Bales to be charged with 17 murder counts

The American soldier suspected in the bloodiest rampage against civilians in the decade of the Afghan war is expected to be charged Friday with 17 counts of murder. | 03/22/12 20:29:00 By - Matthew Schofield

After Bales' arrest, military tried to delete him from Web

Besides waiting nearly a week before identifying the Army staff sergeant who's accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, the U.S. military scrubbed its websites of references to his combat service. | 03/21/12 18:50:00 By - David Goldstein and Matthew Schofield

Murder case against U.S. soldier presents challenges for prosecutors

In the United States, a murder case can be pretty straightforward: the victim dies, police collect evidence and use it to pursue suspects. But as U.S. military prosecutors prepare to charge Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales in the deaths of 16 Afghan villagers, the challenges they face are certain to make the high-profile case anything but straightforward. | 03/20/12 18:55:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named as suspect in Afghan massacre

A complex portrait emerged Friday of the suspect in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was hurt about being passed over for a military promotion, and as a civilian had brushes with the law and spent time in anger management. | 03/16/12 21:14:00 By - By Rob Carson, Debbie Carfazzo and Matthew Schofield

Afghan-massacre suspect Staff Sgt. Robert Bales en route to U.S.

Despite claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that one man couldn't have killed 16 villagers, American military officials insisted Friday that Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was being brought to a military prison in the United States, is the only suspect in a deadly rampage in southern Afghanistan. | 03/16/12 19:21:00 By - Jon Stephenson and Matthew Schofield

Move blocks Iranian banks from world payments system

A move Thursday by a Belgian-based financial-transfers company to block Iran from global transactions is expected to isolate the country further and send it tumbling back toward a barter economy. | 03/15/12 18:28:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Pentagon officials: 'No smoking gun' in Afghan rampage

As the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 civilians was flown out of Afghanistan, two military officials told McClatchy on Wednesday that investigators combing his medical records had found "no smoking gun" to explain the rampage. | 03/14/12 19:21:00 By - Nancy A. Youssef and Matthew Schofield

U.S. soldier to be charged in Afghanistan massacre

Pentagon officials insisted Monday that the weekend's Afghanistan killing spree was an "isolated incident" and said that a 38-year-old Army staff sergeant would soon be charged in connection with the deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children. | 03/12/12 18:32:00 By - Matthew Schofield and Nancy A. Youssef

Few military options for U.S. in Syria, general says

Facing questions over U.S. options to stem the bloodshed in Syria, top U.S. military leaders said Tuesday that creating "safe havens" for rebels or imposing a no-fly zone would be extremely difficult because of the Syrian regime's Russian-provided air defense weaponry. | 03/06/12 17:53:00 By - Matthew Schofield

WikiLeaks: Iraqi children in U.S. raid shot in head, U.N. says

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi. | 08/31/11 20:06:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Baghdad's water still undrinkable 6 years after invasion

The stench of human waste is enough to tell Falah abu Hasan that his drinking water is bad. His infant daughter Fatma's continuous illnesses and his own constant nausea confirm it. | 03/18/09 16:38:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Joy in Baghdad: Its soccer teams are playing again

A series of quick, short passes suddenly left Haitham Kadhim with an opening about 25 yards from the goal. His left foot lashed the ball into the far corner of the net. The thousands of Jawiya supporters packed into Shaab Stadium erupted. | 03/11/09 16:49:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Second big blast in three days kills at least 33 in Iraq

A suicide car-bomber killed at least 33 early afternoon Tuesday in Abu Ghraib, the infamous prison community just west of Baghdad. The bomber struck near a crowded marketplace, targeting a reconciliation conference of tribal sheiks. It was the second major blast in three days. | 03/10/09 11:10:50 By - Matthew Schofield

Iraqi pilgrims visit Samarra's bombed mosque once again

For the first time since bombs ripped apart the sacred golden dome of the ancient mosque in Samarra in 2006, millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims returned to worship Friday. | 03/06/09 14:41:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Iraqis find hope in their history — 5,000 years of it

Luma Yass led a visitor into the Assyrian Hall of the infamously looted museum of antiquities in Iraq's capital city. | 02/27/09 15:32:00 By - Matthew Schofield

Firm behind huge Iraq embassy doesn't want to talk about it

The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has almost everything architects love to talk about: big money, high profile, controversy, historic significance, fascinating location. So, whats the reaction from the Kansas City firm involved in designing it? Nothing, really. | 01/12/09 07:11:41 By - Matt Schofield

This story's two years old, but you should read it anyway

At the height of the Hezbollah-Israel war almost exactly two years ago, McClatchy's Matt Schofield wrote about Samir Kuntar, the Lebanese killer that Israel released Wednesday in return for the remains of two Israeli soldiers whose capture July 12, 2006, touched off the 34-day conflict. This story was published July 22, 2006, but it's still worth your time to read it if you're curious about what took place in the Middle East today. | 07/16/08 17:15:13 By - Matt Schofield

In German town, Benedict XVI known for love of cats, conversation

When he was a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI often delivered sermons at the German-language church in Campasanto Teutonico near St. Peter's Basilica, but his most heartfelt talks may have been the ones he gave after celebrating Mass. | 05/01/05 09:32:05 By - Matt Schofield

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