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March 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KAN. - The attorney for the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians yesterday questioned the quality of the evidence against his client and said he planned to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own. John Henry Browne said he met with Robert Bales for 11 hours over two days at Fort Leavenworth, where his client is being held. He added that there was still a lot he didn't know about the March 11 shootings. "I don't know about the evidence in this case.
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March 14, 2012
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December 23, 2009 | Inquirer staff
A Marine from Hawley, in Wayne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, died Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said yesterday. Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, died in Helmand province of a "nonhostile incident" that is under investigation, the department said. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.
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September 28, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said the Soviet Union has suspended the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan because of persistent violations of a U.N.-negotiated agreement. "Let's wait and see," Shevardnadze told reporters at the United Nations yesterday. "It is necessary to stop the violations that take place. It is the most important thing. " In another development, 35 people were killed and more than 150 injured when a rocket landed in a central square in Kabul today during a rebel missile attack on the Afghan capital, the Soviet news agency Tass reported.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
By Daniel L. Davis There has been a great deal of discussion in recent weeks regarding the appropriate size of the post-2014 U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan. Many well-known pundits have argued the United States should keep as many as 15,000 troops on the ground. The rationale cited is that we must have a "robust presence" to accomplish American strategic objectives. They argue that going with a force smaller than that, or taking the so-called zero-option of complete withdrawal, must be resisted to avoid defeat.
NEWS
May 9, 2011
President Obama should take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to dramatically reshape U.S. policy related to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. For a decade, this country has expended an inordinate amount of its resources, not to mention the more than 1,500 soldiers killed, to fight a war in Afghanistan that never promised to yield comparable strategic results. The cost was swallowed in the mistaken belief that a "war on terror" could be won if a decisive blow were struck on one front.
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November 4, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
A top Foreign Ministry spokesman today said the Soviet Union has suspended its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan because of heavy attacks by rebels and hinted the pullout might not be completed by a Feb. 15 deadline. "The Soviet troops are being withdrawn due to the goodwill of the Soviet government," First Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh told a news conference. "They will be withdrawn in honorable conditions. " The current atmosphere of heavy attacks by insurgents with arms supplied by the United States, Pakistan and other countries "does not provide conditions for such a withdrawal of Soviet troops," Bessmertnykh said.
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June 23, 2011 | By MADELEINE DEAN
IJUST FLEW from Philadelphia to Columbia, S.C., for my 18-year-old son's orientation at University of South Carolina for his fall start of college studies. Sitting next to me on the small plane was an even younger young man - a 17-year-old on his way to a different orientation: 10 weeks of Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. The young man, like an overgrown puppy strapped in beside me, eagerly twitched with anticipation. This was only his second airplane ride. (The first came earlier in the day from his home in Minnesota to Philadelphia.)
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August 30, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
Soviet ground forces have returned to the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after pulling out two weeks ago, the Washington Post reported today. The maneuver appears to reflect conflict between the Soviet government and army over how to execute the withdrawl of its troops from Afghanistan, western diplomats said today. The move was the first instance of Soviet troops returning to a city already abandoned since the overall withdrawal began May 15. U.S. officials in Washington confirmed the Soviet troop move but said it did not appear to break the Geneva accord on the pullout.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1986 | Daily News Wire Services
Sylvester Stallone says that "Rambo" will next appear in Afghanistan on a rescue mission to free his former commanding officer from his Communist captors. The second "Rambo" movie ended with John Rambo walking bare-chested across Thailand. Next, he will lead the Mujahedeen tribesmen into battle on horseback. Stallone, currently working on "Over the Top," said he will do the new "Rambo" movie in the fall for release next July 4. He said he is dubbing this film " 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' across the plains of Afghanistan into the mouth of pain.
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January 15, 2014
When recent headlines roared that Fallujah had fallen to al-Qaeda, the American public became mildly interested, recalling U.S. troops' 2004 fight for control of the city in Iraq's Anbar province. But few Americans want to be reminded of those bad old days, and the country's interest waned quickly. Once reassured by President Obama that the setback for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's forces would not lead to more U.S. troops being deployed to Iraq, most of the nation turned to other concerns, such as the icy weather being produced by something called a polar vortex.
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January 7, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Afghanistan's Helmand province, a squad of Marines and Afghan soldiers had just crossed what they call the "trigger line" - an invisible point that sets off an ambush by Taliban fighters. They were quickly pinned down and radioed for help. More than a mile away, Lt. Mark Bodrog and other Marines and Afghans donned 70- to 80-pound packs of gear and ran through the 125-degree heat toward battle, hoping to avoid IEDs along the way. "As if the gates of hell had opened, they fired hundreds of machine-gun rounds [on the enemy]
SPORTS
December 23, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A little more than a month since the completion of her second tour of duty in Afghanistan, former Eagles cheerleader Rachel Washburn will be honored as a "Hometown Hero" at Sunday night's game against Chicago. The 25-year-old intelligence officer is a first lieutenant in the Army. She was an Eagles cheerleader from 2007 to 2009 while she was enrolled in Drexel's Army ROTC program. "Initially, it was kind of a novelty to people I met if they ever found out," Washburn told USA Today.
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December 8, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing at the pulpit, Mariah Loper recalled, in a small shaking voice, the day she went to the airport to greet her older cousin, a Marine fighting in Afghanistan. Her hero was finally home. "I still remember holding up the 'Welcome Home Timmy' sign," Mariah Loper said Friday, looking down at the casket draped in an American flag. "I cherished every moment we spent together. . . . He made us so proud, and he will always be our Marine. " Timothy Loper Jr. was laid to rest Friday after a packed funeral attended by family, friends, community members, and fellow servicemen.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A TOUR in Afghanistan didn't kill Timothy Loper, but trying to break up a fight outside a Camden bar did. Loper, a Marine who grew up in Gloucester Township, Camden County, had gone to a party at the 20 Horse Tavern near the Camden waterfront and tried to intervene when he observed a fight in the parking lot at 2:46 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Shots were fired and Loper, married with a 6-year-old daughter, was struck multiple times, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
Senate rule abused The filibuster was properly tolerated because it was used rarely up until the presidency of Barack Obama, when the Republican Party, having decided that it had nothing to offer but obstruction, resorted to heels-dug-in, scorched-earth, fanatical opposition to anything and everything that Obama wanted passed ("Senate just got worse," Nov. 25). Richmond L Gardner, Horsham, rlg3526@ix.netcom.com Reid once was a fan In an act of breathtaking cynicism and hypocrisy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ignored what he once called "the vision of the founding fathers" in granting "the right to extend the debate" by moving to ensure that one party, the Democrats, have total control of the Senate ("Party's new breed drove 'nuclear option," Nov. 24)
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November 25, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year. Their pleas were emotional. Bush, who, together with Clinton, has taken up the cause of Afghan women, said she feared that "once the troops leave, American eyes will move away. I want the people of Afghanistan to know the people of America are with them. " Secretary of State Kerry recalled the anxiety he has heard from Afghan women who have "legitimate concerns that the gains of the past decade could be lost.
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August 12, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 17 months to the end of 2014 - the tentative withdrawal deadline for U.S. troops - President Obama has said the war in Afghanistan is winding down. So on Monday, Pfc. Jordan Hayes will kiss his fiancée, parents, and 5-year-old brother goodbye and depart for a nine-month tour deconstructing military bases, tearing down air strips and fence lines; all the tasks necessary to erase the footprint of a 12-year war. "Honestly, I didn't think I'd be going," Hayes said, holding his fiancée's hand at the Army National Guard's Joint Military and Family Assistance Center in Bordentown on Saturday.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | Washington Post
Only 28 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, the lowest number on record and clearly below the least-popular stretches of the Iraq war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall support for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan has dropped 11 percentage points since March, a precipitous fall during a period of tension between U.S. officials and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a spring and summer resurgence in Taliban attacks, and the failure of peace talks with insurgents to get off the ground.
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July 15, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
If President Obama has any strategy for a decent exit from Afghanistan, he is certainly keeping it a secret. The latest White House effort to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, ended in an embarrassing fiasco. Then, last week, the White House once again floated the idea that it would pursue a "zero option" in Afghanistan, meaning Washington would leave no residual force behind after U.S. troops exit in 2014. If this is the new U.S. exit strategy, it is destined to fail.
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