Gulf War: How an ordinary soldier coped in the midst of Desert Storm

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, the first Gulf War was declared against the Iraqi invaders of Kuwait. William Wright, who was keeping a journal about army life, arrived in Saudi Arabia soon after. These extracts – as much about duty as heroics – reveal the role played by ordinary men in an extraordinary situation

Osama bin Laden report: Leaked documents criticise Pakistan's security

Osama Bin Laden was able to hide undetected in Pakistan for years because of a “collective failure” of the country’s “military authorities, the intelligence authorities, the police and the civilian administration,” according to a damning report kept secret by the Pakistani government.

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Last US troops elated to leave Iraq

The last US soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak today, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast US ally.