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Police: Army vet drove into people thinking they were Muslim

California authorities say an Iraq War veteran deliberately drove into a group of pedestrians because he thought some of the people were Muslim


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over U.S. Army presence

Iraq’s president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask …


Facing criticism, Trump says he’ll visit troops in war zone

President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has …


Judge allows class-action lawsuit by veterans with PTSD

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to …


Review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ reveals a harrowing veteran experience

“Thank You for Your Service” explores the devastation of PTSD suffered by American soldiers returning home in 2007, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Washington Post journalist David Finkel embedded with a …


Judge won’t release Iraq War veteran fighting deportation

An immigration judgedeclined to release an Iraq War veteran from custody Wednesday while he fights the government’s efforts to deport him.


Review: ‘Megan Leavey’ is unique movie about war

Based on a true story, “Megan Leavey” is a unique movie about war. It’s a story of heroism, sacrifice, and connection forged on the battlefield, but it’s remarkable in how …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Ain’t a big surprise – May 31, 1993


Ex-wife testifies in triple-slaying trial; DNA evidence not linked to suspect

Four hours later than normal, Amanda Constable’s gray Nissan Sentra crested the hill on East Chattaroy Road in the early hours of May 26, 2015 when she first saw the …


Movie review: Film technology a key part of ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

Visionary director Ang Lee can shift between intimate, character-driven dramas and spectacle-driven smashes that push the boundaries of cinematic language, and often, he achieves both. Coming off the success of …


Roy Murry triple-homicide trial to begin Monday

Roy H. Murry either planned and carried out a “swift attack” in May 2015, when he shot three members of his estranged wife’s family and then waited in vain to …


Photo of fallen service members is one for the history books

More than a dozen years ago, Tami Silicio, a native of Edmonds, took a photo of the tunnel-like interior of a cargo plane that held more than 20 flag-draped coffins …


Amy Goodman: Deceptively launched war rages on

War is no joke. In the wake of the Chilcot Report, there should be a serious effort to hold those, like Bush and Blair, accountable for the ongoing death and …


Letters: Blair made early Iraq invasion commitment to Bush

Letters published by the U.K.’s Iraq War Inquiry show that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair assured U.S. President George W. Bush of his support for regime change in Iraq eight months …


UK’s Iraq War report could make grim reading for Tony Blair

Thirteen years after British troops marched into Iraq and seven years after they left a country that’s still mired in violence, a mammoth official report is about to address the …


Smart Bombs: Homework on education needed

You can’t fully understand the complexities of funding basic education without reading the two bills the Legislature adopted to accomplish this constitutional mandate. ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776 were passed …


Jamie Tobias Neely: Time to admit Iraq War errors

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to any television viewer with even a passing acquaintance with Showtime’s “Homeland.” The leader of the Islamic State, speculated to have been killed …


As U.S. hits targets, humanitarian crisis in Iraq worsens

The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from …


Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath

Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …


Veteran overcomes brain injury to obtain master’s at EWU

Chris Carver spent weeks in a coma after encountering an improvised explosive device in Iraq. Doctors gave him little chance of survival; the U.S. Army flew his wife and parents …


Invasion brought years of violence, trauma to Iraq

BAGHDAD – It’s been more than six years since a bomb ripped away the eyes from Shams Karim, killed her mother, and left the little girl, now 7, blind and …


Gravely injured soldier helps other scarred veterans recover

Shawn Graves said a final goodbye to the world as he lost consciousness. A man wearing a suicide vest had blown himself up inside a dining hall in northern Iraq. …


Veterans’ fertility treatment bill passes U.S. Senate

A bill that would provide in-vitro fertilization coverage through Veterans Affairs unanimously passed the U.S. Senate today.


Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

BAGHDAD — U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.


Family believes Iraq fires caused soldier’s death

Lindsay Weidman clutches a picture of her daughter tight to her chest. She’ll carry it during Saturday’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.


Panetta formally shuts down US war in Iraq

After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary …


Guard members to be honored

Coeur d’Alene soldier Jason Rzepa will receive the Purple Heart in a 6 p.m. ceremony today at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in Post Falls. Staff Sgt. Rzepa lost both legs …


Crowds honor soldiers as remains come home

More than 400 people lined the streets of Coeur d’Alene Friday afternoon to pay their respects to Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, one of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed recently in …


Hundreds view procession for fallen soldier

More than 400 people lined the streets of Coeur d’Alene on Friday afternoon to pay their respects to Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, one of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed recently …