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Seven US troops, politician killed in Afghan attacks

KABUL — Seven US soldiers and an Afghan man running for the nation’s parliament have been killed in a wave of attacks this weekend in some of Afghanistan’s most volatile regions, authorities said Sunday. About eight civilians and 15 militants were also killed in separate incidents linked to Taliban and…

4 killed in plane crash at Alaska military base

4 airmen killed in cargo plane crash during training run at Air Force base in Alaska. Authorities say all four airmen aboard a plane that crashed at an Air Force base in Alaska were killed. Col. John McMullen says three of the men were in the Alaska Air National Guard…

Hit list draws fire in wake of leaked US documents

Military’s hit list of enemy militants: Reality of Afghanistan conflict or war crime? When it comes to war, killing the enemy is an accepted fact. Even amid the sensation of the WikiLeaks.org revelations, that stark reality lies at the core of new charges that some American military commando operations may…

Feds force colleges to police student file-sharing

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Commission outlines $1 trillion in defense budget cuts

A bipartisan commission of defense experts has released a plan that would reduce the US’s defense spending by nearly $1 trillion over 10 years — a plan sure to gather support from progressives and libertarians, but unlikely to pass through Congress. The commission’s report comes at a time when public…

Demonstration against civilian deaths turns violent

KABUL (AFP) – A demonstration by Afghan tribesmen turned violent Sunday as they set fire to fuel tankers during a protest over the alleged killing of civilians in a military raid, officials said. Colonel Ghulam Mustafa, provincial police chief for Logar, a troubled province to the south of Kabul, said…

NATO admits killing Afghan women in bungled raid

KABUL (AFP) – NATO forces have admitted killing three women in a bungled raid on a village in Afghanistan earlier this year, after initially denying involvement. The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement late Sunday that its troops were responsible for the women’s deaths in a…

Kristol: ‘Better’ for US to attack Iran than if Israel did

The Obama administration should be seriously considering a strike on Iran, according to neoconservative Fox News contributor Bill Kristol. An Israeli Deputy Defense Minister said last week that he expected Israel would have to attack Iran within a year. Kristol believes it would be better for the US to attack…

Dodd wants criminal probe of Lehman ‘manipulation’

WASHINGTON — A senior US senator urged Attorney General Eric Holder Friday to create a task force to investigate possible criminal conduct behind the collapse of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers. “I am deeply concerned about the facts that have come to light regarding the demise of Lehman Brothers and…

Military discharged lesbian soldier after police ‘outed’ her to Air Force

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home…

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