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Pentagon reports increase in U.S. military reservist suicides in 2013

The number of suicides in the U.S. military dropped by 18 percent in 2013 but rose among part-time soldiers in the reserves, the Pentagon said Friday. A new report said 261 active-duty troops took their lives last year, compared to 318 in 2012, according to “preliminary” figures. Suicide levels, however,…

Iraq agrees to extend U.S. military role: Panetta

WASHINGTON — Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. “My view is that they finally did say, ?Yes,’” Panetta said in an interview with Stars and Stripes and the Military Times. Iraqi political leaders…