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News Briefs August 13, 2014

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Iraq isn’t Syria: Congress on board this time Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into it, the Obama administration’s emergency military action against Islamic State Sunni insurgents in northern…

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California Guardsmen aid in wildfire battle

Posted August 13, 2014 by SFC Benjamin Cossel and Brandon Honig

Army photograph by SFC Benjamin Cossel A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the California Army National Guard drops 660 gallons of water on a Northern California fire, Aug. 4, 2014. In what has become a nearly annual mission for the California National Guard, Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California,…

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Headlines August 11, 2014

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News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon - The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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News Briefs August 11, 2014

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New life for song dubbed ‘viral hit of World War I’ A century ago, British soldiers marched off to fight in World War I to a cheerful, bittersweet tune urging them to Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile! Now veterans, military families and serving soldiers have taken to…

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Headlines August 8, 2014

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News: F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound laser guided bombs on ISIL - U.S. fighter jets have begun pounding artillery held by the al Qaeda-inspired militants in northern Iraq with laser guided bombs, a senior Defense official said Aug. 8. Obama signs VA bill top open outside care to veterans - President Obama signed into law a major overhaul…

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News Briefs August 8, 2014

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Body of U.S. general arrives at Dover Air Force Base The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan “insider attack” has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of Harold Greene landed Aug. 7 at Dover Air Force Base, Del., home to the nation’s largest…

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Headlines August 6, 2014

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News: Victim of Afghanistan insider attack identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene - The first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11 has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Billionaire Elon Musk chooses south Texas for SpaceX Launchpad - Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to build…

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News Briefs August 6, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,198 As of Aug. 5, 2014, at least 2,198 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Afghan attack kills US major general, wounds 15

Posted August 6, 2014 by Rahim Faiez and Robert Burns

KABUL, Afghanistan – A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Aug. 5 on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of…

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Headlines August 4, 2014

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News: Senate authorizes 1K more Afghan visas - Senate Aug. 1 passed legislation that would grant 1,000 more visas to Afghan civilians who assisted the United States.   Business: Blurred lines: Commercial, defense sectors begin to blend - As companies continue to turn their eyes toward the Middle East and Asia for new business, a trend has…

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