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  • Video shows Idaho soldier held in Afghanistan

    Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan, appears briefly in a newly released Taliban video standing next to a smiling insurgent commander who once threatened …


  • Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

    President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on today, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.


  • Army reviews 5th Stryker leadership in alleged killings

    The Army has appointed a brigadier general to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Washington-state based 5th Stryker Brigade, after some of its members were charged this year with rampant …


  • Iowa soldier given Medal of Honor for heroism

    The nation today saluted its first living Medal of Honor winner of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, an Iowa sergeant who retrieved a wounded comrade under gunfire as the Taliban …


  • Soldier charged in Afghan killings doesn’t testify

    Most of the soldiers charged along with an Army sergeant accused of masterminding a plan to kill Afghan civilians are declining to testify at a military hearing to determine whether …


  • For fuel, cargo and transport, troops rely on crews at Manas

    MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – The slight evening drizzle had turned to a steady twilight rain, but Airman 1st Class Dustin Harder continued digging into the KC-135 aerial refueling tanker’s …


  • Kyrgyzstan’s uncertain future looms over fate of U.S. air base

    MANAS TRANSIT CENTER, Kyrgyzstan – Taking advantage of an invitation to tour this small U.S. air base as a friend of a civilian Kyrgyz national who works here, tobacco producer …


  • Fairchild airmen deliver aid, forge relationships at preschool

    VASILIEVKA, Kyrgyzstan – The youngsters at Solnyshko preschool in this impoverished village near the border of Kazakhstan were excited to see the American men and women from the nearby air …


  • Fairchild airmen refuel fighters high above Afghanistan

    SOMEWHERE OVER AFGHANISTAN – Staff Sgt. Aaron McLaughlin eased the KC-135’s fuel boom toward the fully armed fighter jet pushing up beneath the tanker’s tail. Within moments the two aircraft …


  • Hearing begins in alleged plot to murder Afghans

    Despite the array of prescription drugs he was taking, an Army soldier’s videotaped statement describing how he and his colleagues randomly killed three Afghan civilians appeared to be a reliable …


  • Gregoire orders flags lowered for Army pilot

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state buildings to be lowered to half staff Wednesday in memory of an Army helicopter pilot from Battle Ground who died in …


  • NATO death toll hits milestone

    Kabul, Afghanistan – Nine NATO soldiers were killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, military officials said, making 2010 the deadliest year for the U.S.-led international force in …


  • Veterans eligible for ‘stop loss’ pay must apply by Oct. 21

    The White House advised veterans whose service in Iraq and Afghanistan was involuntarily extended during the Bush administration that they are eligible for back pay under legislation signed by President …


  • Army: Fort Lewis-based sergeant kept body parts

    New documents released by the Army say a staff sergeant charged in a conspiracy to murder civilians kept Afghan body parts and threatened his subordinates.


  • Obama ends Iraq combat effort: Time to turn page

    Fiercely opposed to the war from the start, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly tonight: “It is …


  • Army: Lewis-McChord soldiers plotted to kill Afghans

    Seven more soldiers from a Stryker brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been charged in connection with a conspiracy to kill Afghan civilians.


  • Military dog Lucky nears retirement having lived up to name

    Lucky, a military working dog based at Fairchild Air Force Base, has served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His keen nose and no-nonsense ferocity are assets in …


  • Taliban slay 10 aid workers

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters gunned down a 10-member international medical team, including six Americans, in the wilds of northern Afghanistan, the aid group and local officials said Saturday, in …


  • Petraeus affirms restrictions

    WASHINGTON – Afghanistan commander Army Gen. David Petraeus has renewed orders to American troops to refrain from calling in artillery or air power when battling Taliban forces unless they’re certain …


  • War rules aid troop safety, study finds

    WASHINGTON – Efforts to reduce civilian casualties by restricting U.S. airstrikes and other uses of force in Afghanistan are also sparing American troops from attack, according to a new study …


  • Gates says withdrawal will begin slowly

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Sunday that only a small portion of the U.S. force in Afghanistan will begin to return home next year, when an Obama administration …


  • Leak fears could stifle information exchange

    WASHINGTON – Dismayed by the massive war-documents leak, intelligence experts are raising alarms that post-Sept. 11 changes promoting information sharing have made it too easy to lose control of the …


  • Military amps up sailor search

    WASHINGTON – The body of a sailor who was killed in a Taliban ambush arrived home in the United States Tuesday as the military continued a massive search for his …


  • Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan; Taliban claims capture

    A West Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan is the target of a massive search, The Seattle Times reported on its website today.


  • Leaks give detailed accounts of war

    WASHINGTON – Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings …


  • Afghanistan’s president agrees to withdrawal plan

    KABUL – Joined by leaders from Iran to America, President Hamid Karzai embraced plans Tuesday for Afghan forces to begin taking control of their country by next summer. Amid smothering …


  • Taliban killing more civilians

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban insurgents are carrying out more attacks this year than at any time since early in the war, killing increasing numbers of civilians as U.S.-led forces push …


  • L.A. cops teach Marines how to train Afghan police

    LOS ANGELES – A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug …


  • RNC’s Steele stumps in Tacoma, pledges support for troops

    TACOMA – The embattled national chairman of the Republican Party insisted he is behind American troops in Afghanistan “1,000 percent” as he urged GOP faithful here to fight for election …


  • Family, friends honor Spokane Valley Marine killed in Afghanistan

    Joshua R. Dumaw was remembered Thursday as a man of courage, loyalty, and leadership; a man of adventure who had an endless smile for any soul who crossed his path. …

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