Painful goodbyes, midnight helicopters and a surreal zoo trip: A Stars and Stripes reporter’s final days before being evacuated from Kabul
A Stars and Stripes reporter and former San Antonio resident writes about his experience rushing to leave Afghanistan as the Taliban gained control of the country.
Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department is rescinding its order to shut down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, in the wake of a tweet late last week by President Donald Trump vowing to continue funding the paper. The House-passed version of the Pentagon's 2021 budget contains funding for the paper’s publication, but the Senate has not yet finalized a defense funding bill. The first newspaper called Stars and Stripes was very briefly produced in 1861 during the Civil War, but the paper began consistent publication during World War I. When the war was over, publication ended, only to restart in 1942 during World War II, providing wartime news written by troops specifically for troops in battle. Although the paper gets funding from the Defense Department, it is editorially independent and is delivered in print and digitally to troops all over the world.
Pentagon orders shutdown of Stars and Stripes newspaper
WASHINGTON The Pentagon has ordered the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, to cease publication at the end of the month, despite congressional efforts to continue funding the century-old publication. And it is a reflection of the Trump administration's broader animosity for the media and members of the press. And senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper this week urging him to reinstate the money. The Pentagon proposed cutting the paper's funding when making its budget request earlier this year, triggering angry reactions from members of Congress. The House-passed version of the Pentagon budget contains funding for the paper's publication, but the Senate has not yet finalized a defense funding bill.