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National Guard recruiters forged re-enlistment papers: report

Washington State National Guard recruiters repeatedly forged re-enlistment papers in a desperate attempt to hold on to soldiers in the run-up to the Iraq war surge, a local news channel’s investigation has found. In one case, a soldier found himself fighting against deployment to Iraq after re-enlistment papers with his…

US soldier urges release in Taliban video: SITE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - – The Taliban Wednesday released a new video said to be of US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl begging the US government to intervene and win his release after nine months in captivity in Afghanistan.…

Army charges single mom who refused deployment

The Army said Wednesday it has filed criminal charges against a single-mom soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, arguing she had no family able to care for her infant son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old Army cook, could face a prison sentence and a dishonorable discharge if…

Is hip-hop a crime? Army imprisoned soldier over lyrical ‘threats’

Is hip-hop a crime? The United States Army certainly believes it can be, and that’s just what landed Spc. Marc Hall, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, behind bars on December 11, 2009. The Army’s reason: Hall’s track “Stop Loss” was determined to contain “threats” against fellow soldiers. Under the name “Marc…

Christmas change of heart: Pregnant soldiers won’t be punished

After a week of public controversy and recriminations from a group of US senators, the US military in northern Iraq has backed out of a new policy that could see soldiers court-martialed for becoming pregnant or impregnating another soldier. A reorganization of US forces in Iraq, to take effect Jan.…

New Taliban video shows captive US soldier

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The Taliban on Friday released a video purportedly showing US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan about six months ago. A spokesman for the hardline Islamist group said it was demanding the release of prisoners from US detention centres in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom.…

US general defends ‘no pregnancy’ policy; vows no court martial for violation

A US general based in northern Iraq defended Tuesday his tough punishments for soldiers who get pregnant or impregnate a fellow soldier and said fears the new rules could result in courts-martial were unwarranted. “I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for…

Update: Seven soldiers reprimanded by military for pregnancies

Latest Update, via ABC News: An Army general in Iraq backed away from his threat today to court martial female soldiers who get pregnant. “I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for a violation … none,” Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III wrote…

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