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Gazette opinion: New threats from Mideast 13 years after 9/11

Gazette opinion: New threats from Mideast 13 years after 9/11

Flags flew at half-staff Thursday across Montana and throughout the nation in memory of the innocent people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. On this 13th anniversary of those attacks, America must confront the latest terrorism threat spa…

September 12, 2014 5:45 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama stepping warily onto the battlefield

WASHINGTON — For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission.

September 09, 2014 1:03 pmLoading…
Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

A 36-year-old Iraq war veteran was being treated for traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and back injuries with more than 27 different medications when he died unexpectedly, according to his mother.

July 23, 2014 12:15 am Photos



David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

July 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Billings serves as ground zero for a wealth of athletic events that support women’s causes, sick children, cancer and more. But there hasn’t been a run or walk dedicated to helping military veterans — until now.

July 07, 2014 12:15 am Photos



Strategies for Success: For many business owners, leasing makes more sense

A new client who was in the restaurant business decided to run a food truck after his restaurant closed due to road construction.

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David Ignatius: Charismatic ISIS terrorist operates like mobster

WASHINGTON — A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from the British city of Cardiff, Wales.

June 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama must act now to start stabilizing Iraq

WASHINGTON — What would an effective, quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like? Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique and then hit the ball.

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Walsh, Tester, Daines oppose further military involvement in Iraq

Walsh, Tester, Daines oppose further military involvement in Iraq

HELENA — The three members of Montana’s congressional delegation say they’re opposed to sending any additional U.S. troops or advisers into Iraq to help quell a Sunni Muslim-led insurgency.

June 19, 2014 6:07 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: History argues for crisis conference in shattering Middle East

WASHINGTON — Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly authoritarian states.

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David Ignatius: Gangs take over in Iraq's never-ending war

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq appears to be slipping back into civil war, and Sheik Zaydan Aljabiri, one of the political leaders of the Sunni insurgent group known as the Tribal Revolutionaries, seems confident that his side is winning.

April 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montana plan for reducing risk of military suicides

Twenty-two U.S. military men and women succumb to wounds of war every day.

April 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Young Marines find a place to practice their aim

Young Marines find a place to practice their aim

Firing off 500 rounds, Billings Young Marines aimed their rifles downrange for the first time as a unit Saturday in an event that their commander, Tom Piper, a retired Marine, hopes to become a monthly — or at least bimonthly — occurrence.

March 29, 2014 4:55 pm Photos





Guest opinion: On 11th anniversary: Congress, clean up your war

Eleven years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq in an unprovoked, unnecessary, unconstitutional action that violated international law.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: GOP agrees with Obama strategy, but blames him anyway

WASHINGTON — Certain political cliches cry out to join the list of the biggest lies in the world. Today's candidate: Partisan politics stops at the water's edge.

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David Ignatius: America must make new global connections

The crackup ahead lies in the mismatch between the challenges facing America and the public’s willingness to support an activist foreign policy to deal with them. Simply put: There is a splintering of the traditional consensus for global engagement at the very time that some big new problems…

December 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Laurel VFW launches effort to recruit new blood to organization

The commander of VFW Post 3177 in Laurel is continuing his yearlong effort to re-energize the organization that currently has fewer than 50 members.

November 17, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Shameful shutdown jeopardizes veterans, families

As veterans of different wars and different eras, we write to express our disgust at the state of affairs in Washington, D.C., and to call for an end to the slash and burn politics crippling our nation. Though the federal government shutdown is over, the damage to our nation and our nation’s…

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Canine veteran killed by vehicle in Montana

Canine veteran killed by vehicle in Montana

HELENA — A motorist who struck and killed a retired military dog Monday morning feels “horrible” about it and reported the accident to authorities immediately, according to the Montana Highway Patrol trooper who investigated the incident.

October 04, 2013 2:17 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Pay for veterans’ care now, or pay more later

When the next generation looks back on Iraq and Afghanistan they will see that one of the steepest costs of these wars was the obligation we incurred to our veterans.

August 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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