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Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in ‘friendly fire’

A Philippine air force plane dropping bombs on Islamic extremists killed 11 soldiers and wounded seven others in “friendly fire” as government forces were struggling to rout the militants who have laid a weeklong siege in a southern city, the military said Thursday.

Doug Clark: Aunt’s moving photo captures soldier’s last homecoming

A picture’s worth has been appraised at a thousand words. But the photograph  Lori Pence snapped of her nephew’s final homecoming speaks volumes. The mostly black-and-white photo shows a lone casket covered by an American flag in eye-grabbing red, white and blue.

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.

Israeli troops battle Hamas, uncover Gaza tunnels

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 325 and diplomats scrambled to revive cease-fire efforts. The Israeli military said it had severely diminished the arsenal of Hamas, the Islamic militant group ruling Gaza, but the militants have continued to fire rockets and on Saturday staged another unsuccessful cross-border tunnel raid.

Sprague soldier remembered as ‘gentle giant’

Justin Clouse, a soldier from Sprague, Washington, who was among U.S. forces killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, was remembered Tuesday as a quiet leader with a big heart. “On the outside, he looked like a big, mean tough guy,” said Chad Prewitt, who taught high school and coached basketball while Clouse attended Sprague High School. “When you got to know him, he was really a gentle giant.”

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.