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McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info

The chairman of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday he’ll hold up President Donald Trump’s nominees for key Defense Department posts until the administration delivers details about its new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

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Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Sputnik, Oct. 9, 1957

Report details ‘friendly fire’ incident that claimed Sprague, Wash., soldier

Poor communications and misunderstandings about equipment led to the death of a soldier from Sprague, Washington, and five others in Afghanistan this summer, when an Air Force jet that was supposed to protect the group instead bombed the ridge where they were trying to fight off insurgents. Cpl. Justin Clouse, 22, was among the casualties in the friendly fire incident.

Sprague soldier among troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

A 22-year-old soldier from Sprague, Washington, was among five American troops killed in an apparent coalition airstrike Monday in southern Afghanistan. Officials told the Associated Press it's one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14-year war.

Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he “absolutely makes no apologies” for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending an exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has dogged the president on his European trip this week.

Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

White House defends Biden against Gates criticism

WASHINGTON — The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy instincts.

Honor Flight headed to nation’s capital

Bud Inslee of Connell, Wash., sat in a crowd at Spokane International Airport this morning waiting for his Honor Flight to board. He had the gleam of a man looking forward to something special.

As US troop ’surge’ ends, setbacks pile up

WASHINGTON — The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start. Just as the last U.S. “surge” troops leave the country, trouble is breaking out in ways that go to the core of the strategy for winding down the U.S. and allied combat role and making Afghans responsible for their own security. At stake is the goal of ensuring that Afghanistan does not revert to being a terrorist haven.

Afghan soldiers fired during insider attacks probe

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities have detained or removed hundreds of soldiers in an investigation into rising insider attacks against international service personnel who are their supposed partners in the fight against Taliban insurgents and other militants, officials said today.

Idaho soldier’s remains returned in ceremony

The family of a North Idaho soldier killed in action gathered Friday morning in Sandpoint to receive his remains. The body of Army Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, who had ties to Lewiston and Bonners Ferry, was flown to the Sandpoint Airport from Dover Air Force Base and returned to his family in what’s known as an honorable transfer ceremony.

Another Afghan police attack kills 2 US servicemen

KABUL, Afghanistan — A newly recruited Afghan village policeman opened fire on his American allies today, killing two U.S. service members minutes after they handed him his official weapon in an inauguration ceremony. It was the latest in a disturbing string of attacks by Afghan security forces on the international troops training them.

7 American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash today in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down the aircraft.

Honoring a hero

To those who knew him, U.S. Army Spc. Jarrod Lallier is a hero. He was a son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, among many things. Lallier, 20, was also a dedicated soldier, and knew from a young age that serving his country was his calling. He lived for his country and he died for his country, according to those he left behind.

Spokane soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Spokane soldier was killed in Afghanistan when individuals wearing Afghan police uniforms turned their weapons against his unit, the Department of Defense announced today.

Afghan leader: NATO airstrike killed 18 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president said today that 18 people killed in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan a day earlier were all civilians. The deadly incident has further soured relations between NATO and the Afghan government, already outraged by civilian casualties in previous operations.