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FREDERICKSBURG "He should be here," she thinks yet again. He should be meeting this beautiful bundle of joy. She looks at the tiny girl the doctor has just placed in her arms and thinks, "I needed you."
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Renee Montagne talks with U.S. Army General John Campbell, about how Afghan forces are faring against the Taliban now that they are fighting combat missions on their own.
From: NPR | Monday, May 25, 2015
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An Afghan official says a suicide truck bombing has killed one person and wounded more than 40 in the capital of the southern province of Zabul.
From: Fox News | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Asked in 2014 to share their experiences, female soldiers and veterans talked about serving where “a lot of respect slips through the cracks.”...
From: New York Times | By: TALYA MINSBERG | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Even as women distinguish themselves as enlisted soldiers, many struggle with depression and a sense of alienation in an intensely male military world....
From: New York Times | By: BENEDICT CAREY | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Kabul (AFP) - With a burst of confetti, dancers clap and twirl around a garland-bedecked groom as Afghanistan's wedding season kicks into high gear, but lawmakers pushing for austerity are bent on taming out-of-control guest lists. Kabul wedding halls...
From: Business Insider | By: Anuj Chopra | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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The notion that the truth about combat cannot be described in a book goes back to the American Civil War, at least.
From: The Rumpus | By: Caleb Cage | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Afghan officials are turning to forming militias as the army struggles to ward off Taliban offensives, stoking anxieties of factional rivalries in a nation still haunted by a civil war....
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Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that redeploys vets as disaster-relief volunteers, helps former troops find meaningful uses for their skills....
From: The Atlantic | By: Ken Harbaugh | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said....
From: Fox News | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Officials in Afghanistan say at least 10 police officers have been killed in an ongoing Taliban assault in the country's volatile south.
From: Fox News | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Producer Rebecca Hersher is just back from a monthlong reporting trip to Afghanistan. She talks to host Arun Rath about her experience.
From: NPR | By: Arun Rath | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Serendipity apps don’t yet trump actual serendipity.
From: The Kernel | By: Jesse Hicks | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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On Monday, we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation in combat. More than 400,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines made that sacrifice in World War II. More than 50,000 made that sacrifice in each of the Korean...
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A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighbourhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said.
From: Channel News Asia | Monday, May 25, 2015
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighborhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said....
From: Reuters | Monday, May 25, 2015
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighbourhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said.
From: The Star Malaysia | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Authorities in Afghanistan said Monday at least five people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a suicide bomber drove his explosives-packed vehicle into the gate of a government building in the southern province of Zabul. The deadly bombing targeted...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Monday, May 25, 2015
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They know what it means to lose someone you love in war. So when a Massachusetts soldier is killed in action, it is the Gold Star mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of the TAPS program who reach out to newly minted Gold Star families.“We say ‘Welcome...
From: Boston Herald | By: By O’Ryan Johnson, Antonio Planas | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Afghanistan’s Taliban has rejected reports that its officials traveled to China last week and held talks with Kabul’s peace envoys. The reported two-day discussions were said to have taken place in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi. It was...
From: Voice of America | By: Ayaz Gul | Monday, May 25, 2015
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In the fight against the Taliban, Afghanistan’s government is becoming more dependent on militias to fill the void left by the departure of foreign troops.
From: Wall Street Journal | Monday, May 25, 2015
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At 45, Ed Burns found himself searching for a career in the civilian world. After more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployments to Afghanistan and Jordan, the San Clemente resident considered a range of career choices, from government......
From: Orange County Register | By: BY LAUREN WILLIAMS | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A suicide truck bomb exploded in a southern Afghan province Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 62, authorities said.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.. But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. Last...
From: Free Republic | By: The Los Angeles Times | Monday, May 25, 2015
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How best to show respect for the U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and for their families on Memorial Day? Simple: Avoid euphemisms like “the fallen” and expose the lies about what a great idea it was to start those wars and then to “surge”...
From: AntiWar | By: Ray McGovern | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The documentary "The Last Patrol" by Sebastian Junger is a meditation on war and coming home, following Junger and two veterans as they hike along the railroad lines of the Northeast Corridor.
From: WBUR | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Afghanistan’s most prominent peace envoy holds secret talks with former Taliban officials in China last week, accelerating regional efforts to bring the insurgency to the negotiating table, according to individuals briefed on the matter by the warring...
From: MarketWatch | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Once a year, just before Memorial Day, members of Amvets Post 1 in Mendota haul out plastic bins containing hundreds of small, white, wooden crosses -- each representing a service member killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan.
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I think that New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick frequently makes good points, and can be a much-needed force for good in the New York sports media. This recent column is not one of those times.Mushnick is irate that Bernie Wiliams Night was being...
From: Subway Squawkers | By: Lisa Swan | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war... All he had wanted was an Iranian residence permit, he says... he found himself fighting as a mercenary in the Syrian civil war...
From: Free Republic | By: Rawa | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Staff Sgt. Marcos Jimenez steeled himself for the task ahead, one of the most difficult he had faced in nearly four years.
From: Los Angeles Times | By: Maria L. La Ganga | Monday, May 25, 2015
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ROME — Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy’s coast guard said.
From: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Monday, May 25, 2015
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This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving...
From: Free Republic | By: The Concert for Valor | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Bryan Bertrand died Jan. 9, 2002, when his military tanker plane crashed into a mountainside in Pakistan, killing all seven marines on board. He was 23 years old and the first Oregonian to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From: OregonLive | By: Melissa Binder | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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ASHLEY'S WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A TEAM OF WOMEN SOLDIERS ON THE SPECIAL OPS BATTLEFIELD By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Harper, $26.99, 320 pages   For nearly a decade, American forces fighting in Afghanistan were largely blinded by a lack of intelligence...
From: Washington Times | By: Gary Anderson | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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The family resemblance is clear from the photograph, even without looking at the name Turner stitched to the front of the two Army uniforms. By chance, the two men had deployed to Afghanistan at the same time — the young son on his first overseas mission,...
From: Baltimore Sun | By: Ian Duncan | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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A former deputy director of the CIA reflects on his time on the front lines in this frustrating memoir
From: Open Letters Monthly | By: Steve Donoghue | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Afghanistan’s most prominent peace envoy held secret talks with former Taliban officials in China last week.
From: Wall Street Journal | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Frederick Bohrer reviews Catastrophe!: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past edited by Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson, in the LA Review of Books: It should surprise no one that the threat to antiquities today — worldwide — is far...
From: Three Quarks Daily | By: Robin Varghese | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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India has dismissed reports that an Indian consortium has scrapped a multi-billion dollar iron-ore mining deal in Afghanistan, saying only an analysis of the proposed project's opportunities and strengths had been done.
From: Times of India | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. He conducted over forty capture/kill missions with his men in...
From: Free Republic | By: Amazon Books | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Doug Madory, the director of internet research at Dyn and a former Air Force communications officer, doesn't see the internet the way most people do. If the casual web user experiences the most vastly complicated communications network in human history...
From: Business Insider | By: Armin Rosen | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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ROME (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said....
From: Reuters | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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ROME (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.
From: The Star Malaysia | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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NATO and Afghan leaders agreed on a framework for a joint military-civilian mission to remain in Afghanistan after NATO's current mission ends in 2016, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced at a summit in Turkey on Wednesday.
From: France 24 | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Pakistans former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today said he had spoken to his son Ali Haider for the first time since he was kidnapped by a Taliban group in 2013 and is now being held in Afghanistan...
From: Hindustan Times | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Streamed live on May 20, 2015 WOW, watch author Don Brown blow the lid off of the official government report about the tragic shoot down of SEAL TEAM SIX helicopter, Code Name - Extortion 17. On August 6, 2011—three months after members of Navy SEAL...
From: Free Republic | By: YouTube video of Tom Trento Iheart radio | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints today in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said.
From: The Economic Times | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Vacation in Somalia. Really. It's amazing.
From: The Kernel | By: Aaron Sankin | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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