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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 …


Past opinions provide perspective

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Veterans’ fertility treatment bill passes U.S. Senate

A bill that would provide in-vitro fertilization coverage through Veterans Affairs unanimously passed the U.S. Senate today.


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 …


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 …


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 …


Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


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 …


Ceremony honors fallen Idaho soldier

The family of a North Idaho soldier killed in action gathered this morning in Sandpoint to receive his remains.


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 …


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 …


Funeral for Bonners Ferry soldier scheduled for Saturday

The remains of a Bonners Ferry soldier killed Aug. 7 by enemy fire in Afghanistan will be returned to North Idaho on Friday.


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 …


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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 …


U.S., Afghanistan reach deal

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people …


Admiral: Special ops to streamline in Afghan war

WASHINGTON — Adm. Bill McRaven said today that special operations forces in Afghanistan are preparing for a possible expanded role as overall U.S. forces begin to draw down after a …


Combat vets find support from peers

As a Marine combat engineer, Jesse Bruce helped destroy the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s rule and restore infrastructure to war-torn Iraq. But after an enemy mortar shell exploded in his …


Soldier held in Afghanistan is 23-year-old Idahoan

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — A soldier from Idaho who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan has been captured, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday, a day after he was seen in a …


Float symbolizes shared grief of reborn Gold Star mothers chapter

In the three decades since the Vietnam War, Spokane’s Gold Star Mothers had all but disappeared. Only a handful remained when the chapter was dissolved several years ago. “If we …


In forgotten war, failure ‘a realistic prospect’

It’s often dubbed the other war. Sometimes the forgotten war. But the six-year battle in Afghanistan is coming off its deadliest year yet, and observers say 2008 could be a …