Military History

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MoH Recipient Honors Soldiers Who Died at Wanat

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts departed Tuesday from the unwritten but strict terminology surrounding the Medal of Honor in paying tribute to the soldiers who fought alongside him in Afghanistan.

Those who earn the nation’s highest award for valor are invariably called… Full Story


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Lawmakers Still Questioning Afghanistan Drawdown

The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

The White House says Afghanistan is… Full Story


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NATO Signals No New Members Right Now

Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.

Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn’t… Full Story


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Panel Will Help Pick Next VA Health Chief

A panel of experts has formed to find a new head of health care for the Department of Veterans Affairs, a post that opened up last month when Dr. Robert Petzel resigned over the ongoing patient wait-times scandal and his named successor… Full Story


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Pentagon: Benghazi Suspect in US Custody

WASHINGTON — A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador… Full Story


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Friendly Fire Kills 5 in Afghanistan

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Five NATO service members were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, the international coalition said on Tuesday.

A statement from the coalition said all five soldiers died on Monday but did not give… Full Story


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Bergdahl’s Release Spurs Backlash among Soldiers

The surprise release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend has elicited a furious backlash among military veterans and some civilians who want the soldier to be tried for desertion.

Opposition groups have appeared on Facebook. One titled… Full Story


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Sallie Mae Penalized $60M for Cheating Troops

Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.

The deal settles a… Full Story


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Army Deserter Caught 5 Years Later

Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley found himself executing a felony warrant early Friday evening after making a routine traffic stop.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Tpr. Foley witnessed Glen D. Turner, 32, driving in Keavy without a seat… Full Story


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Pakistani Madrassa Names Library After Bin Laden

Most didn’t notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan’s capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: “Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.”

Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, a… Full Story