Shocking and Awing

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Ten years ago this month, the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom against Saddam Hussein.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Franks: U.S. must identify Afghan goal

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks says the United States needs a clear long-term goal for its mission in Afghanistan.

Report criticizing Iraq planning censored

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army funded but delayed the publication of a broad criticism of post-war planning in Iraq, saying it was "of limited value in informing Army policies."

Analysis: Iraq, who is to blame?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With the situation in Iraq becoming more complicated amid increasing setbacks so too is the political recrimination becoming more apparent. Meanwhile, attributing blame for the failures in Iraq is turning into something of a national pastime.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.
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Retired Gen. Franks defends Rumsfeld, Bush

MILWAUKEE, May 21 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks used his appearance at a National Rifle Association banquet in Milwaukee to defend the administration's Iraq war polices. Franks, the keynote speaker of the event, spoke candidly Saturday in defense of Bush and U.S. Sec

Report: Bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2001

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An upcoming book written by a former CIA commander in Afghanistan says Osama bin Laden was in Tora Bora as the Taliban fled the area in late 2001.

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Today is Saturday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.
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Judith Regan gets Sirius talk show

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Publisher Judith Regan is getting a weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Report: U.S. does keep Iraqi body count

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The late humanitarian aid worker Marla Ruzicka has dispelled previous claims the U.S. Army does not keep track of the number of Iraqi civilians killed.

Spy chief says bin Laden paid for escape

BERLIN, April 14 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden escaped from U.S. forces in 2001 by bribing the Afghan militias assigned to track him down, Germany's spy chief has said. August Hanning, head of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, told German newspaper Handelsblatt that using Afghans

ReganBooks to leave New York for L.A.

NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- ReganBooks founder Judith Regan has announced plans to move the publishing company from Manhattan to Los Angeles, the New York Times said Tuesday.

Tenet, Bremer, Franks given freedom awards

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Three key figures in the War on Terror were praised Tuesday for their service to the nation and were awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
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Tommy Franks
General Tommy Franks signs copies of his new book "American Soldier" at Barnes & Noble in New York on August 4, 2004 . (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

General Tommy Ray Franks, United States Army, KBE, (born 17 June 1945 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma) is a retired General in the United States Army. His last Army post was as the Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing United States Armed Forces operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East. Franks succeeded General Anthony Zinni to this position on 6 July 2000 and served until his retirement on 7 July 2003.

Franks was the U.S. general leading the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon in 2001. He also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Born Tommy Ray Bentley in Oklahoma, and adopted by Ray and Lorene "Pete" Parker Franks, Tommy Franks graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and where he was a brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity. He dropped out of college after two years due to subpar grades.

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