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Army opens investigation into ex-POW Bergdahl’s disappearance

US Army opens probe into ex-POW Bergdahl’s disappearance (via AFP) The US Army has launched an investigation into why Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl went missing and was later captured by Afghan insurgents in 2009, officials said Monday. The 28-year-old soldier is currently undergoing medical treatment and counseling at a…   [Image…

Documents: Alleged anthrax killer lacked necessary equipment

Court documents filed this week by the Department of Justice claim that Dr. Bruce Ivins, an army scientist who allegedly mailed packages of anthrax spores to government officials and members of the press in 2001, did not possess the equipment necessary to have orchestrated the attacks. Despite the admission, discovered…

Gunman in Afghan army gear kills NATO soldier

KABUL — A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks on Western troops by men dressed in the uniform of local security forces, although…

U.S. lays bare concerns on Pakistan army

In suspending aid, the United States is showing it will no longer give the benefit of the doubt to Pakistan’s military after a long debate on how to handle the powerful institution. President Barack Obama’s administration took office with a determination to strengthen Pakistan’s weak democratic leaders and crafted a…

Iran denies U.S. claims it armed Iraq rebels

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday rejected accusations by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran had armed rebels in neighbouring Iraq. “The United States is not in a good position in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are doing everything they can to maintain their military presence…

Pakistani Army: New York Times article ‘a direct attack’

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Reports in the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and the powerful intelligence agency is a “direct attack” on Pakistan’s security, the army spokesman said on Saturday. Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times’ reporting and said it was…

U.S. soldier still fighting Afghan war at 59

Who says soldiering is a young man’s game? Staff Sergeant Eric Ferguson joined the US army in 1973 and — now approaching his 60th birthday — he is still on active duty, leading distribution convoys through some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. Armed with an M4 machine gun,…

Afghan troop withdrawal to start slowly: U.S. officers

WASHINGTON — A planned US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will start slowly this summer with about 800 soldiers in two Army units due to depart this month, US officers said Wednesday. The military offered the first details of the troop drawdown after President Barack Obama announced in June plans to…

Britain to pull 500 troops from Afghanistan

Britain will withdraw a further 500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, bringing its contingent there to 9,000, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. Cameron said he had taken the decision because Afghanistan’s fledgling army and police had showed significant progress ahead of the deadline for the…

Sudan ‘bombing’ kills 3 in south oil state: minister

The northern army carried out cross-border air strikes that killed three civilians and wounded 17 in south Sudan’s oil-producing Unity state just a week before independence, a southern official said on Sunday. “The attack happened yesterday (Saturday) in Pariang, from seven to eight in the morning. Three people were killed…

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