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Defense Secretary Hagel makes unannounced Afghan trip after release of American soldier

Hagel in unannounced Afghan visit after US soldier freed (via AFP) US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit Sunday, a US defence official said, following the release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban captivity. Hagel arrived at Bagram Airfield, a US-controlled…  …

Former American soldier convicted for Iraq atrocities dies in apparent suicide in prison

A former American soldier jailed for raping an Iraqi teenager and executing the girl and her family in 2006 has died in an apparent suicide in prison, a spokesman said. Steven Dale Green, convicted in 2009 over one of the most chilling crimes involving……

Afghan relatives demand local trial for US shooter

Relatives of Afghans killed in a shooting massacre demanded Friday a public trial in Afghanistan for a US soldier expected to be formally charged with 17 counts of murder. US officials have said that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will also be accused of six counts of assault and attempted…

Ex-US soldier charged with trying to join Shebab

A former American soldier with specialist intelligence training faces terror charges after allegedly trying to join Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, US justice officials said Monday. Craig Baxam, 24, secretly converted to Islam after perusing an Islamic religious website while serving in South Korea and quit the army days later in July…

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