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November 27, 2011 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, U.S. military officers say. At the same time, U.S. reinforcements will go to eastern Afghanistan in a bid to reverse recent gains by insurgents...
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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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October 10, 2011
A Marine helicopter pilot from Gloucester County who was killed in combat in Afghanistan late last month has been laid to rest. Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, of East Greenwich Township. He was killed Sept. 28 when his helicopter crashed in Helmand province. Iannelli, a first lieutenant at the time of his death, was posthumously promoted to captain. A 2002 graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, he is survived by his parents and a sister. - AP
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February 14, 2012
TRENTON - A Marine from Bergen County, N.J., was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan last week, the Pentagon said Monday. Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, of North Arlington, died Friday in Helmand province, the Department of Defense said. Further details on his death were not immediately disclosed. Montes De Oca was assigned to the Second Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
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June 13, 2013 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Georgia said Wednesday that the country has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks, but it will not reduce the number of troops serving there. The announcement by Defense Minister Irakli Alasania came five days after he visited Afghanistan to meet with his country's contingent in the U.S-led coalition in the aftermath of the attacks. A massive truck bomb killed seven Georgians at their base in Helmand province's Now-e-Zad district on June 6, while three other Georgian soldiers died May 13 in a bomb attack on another base in Helmand's Musa Qala district.
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June 1, 2011 | Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's president yesterday ordered NATO to stop bombing Afghan homes, citing the risk of civilian casualties and putting him on a collision course with his Western protectors who insist that the attacks are an essential weapon and will continue. It was Hamid Karzai's strongest-ever statement against alliance air strikes and further complicated a difficult relationship with the Obama administration as it prepares a troop drawdown in the increasingly unpopular war. Karzai's remarks were prompted by a recent air attack that mistakenly killed a group of children and women in southern Helmand Province.
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September 30, 2011 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those who knew him said he was a patriot in the purest sense of the word, a man whose love of God and country was unshakable. On Wednesday, he died in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Funeral arrangements were being made Friday for Marine First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, a Gloucester County resident and graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, where he was a standout student and athlete. Iannelli died "while conducting combat operations in Helmand province," according to a brief statement issued by the U.S. Defense Department on Thursday.
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January 20, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
UP IN THE high desert of northeastern Utah near the Colorado border, a teen with a jawline as rugged as the surrounding mountain ranges decided early in life that he was a Marine. Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Gurr enlisted before his senior year at Uintah High School, where he was an all-state soccer player, a defender known to sacrifice his body on the field. Days after graduating in 2008, he left his hometown of Vernal for boot camp. Three years later, when Gurr came home from Afghanistan in 2011, thousands of people lined the highways and small streets.
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June 13, 2013 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Georgia said Wednesday that the country has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks, but it will not reduce the number of troops serving there. The announcement by Defense Minister Irakli Alasania came five days after he visited Afghanistan to meet with his country's contingent in the U.S-led coalition in the aftermath of the attacks. A massive truck bomb killed seven Georgians at their base in Helmand province's Now-e-Zad district on June 6, while three other Georgian soldiers died May 13 in a bomb attack on another base in Helmand's Musa Qala district.
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February 14, 2012
TRENTON - A Marine from Bergen County, N.J., was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan last week, the Pentagon said Monday. Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, of North Arlington, died Friday in Helmand province, the Department of Defense said. Further details on his death were not immediately disclosed. Montes De Oca was assigned to the Second Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
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February 12, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - It was an unusual job even for the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction forces trained to hold a hammer in one hand and a Beretta M9 in the other. But they took it on. Military officials say they are the first all-female construction team to take on a construction job from start to finish in the Seabees' 70-year history. First, the team selected to build barracks high in the mountains of Afghanistan consisted of eight women, who are all stationed at Naval Base Ventura County in California.
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November 27, 2011 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, U.S. military officers say. At the same time, U.S. reinforcements will go to eastern Afghanistan in a bid to reverse recent gains by insurgents...
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October 10, 2011
A Marine helicopter pilot from Gloucester County who was killed in combat in Afghanistan late last month has been laid to rest. Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, of East Greenwich Township. He was killed Sept. 28 when his helicopter crashed in Helmand province. Iannelli, a first lieutenant at the time of his death, was posthumously promoted to captain. A 2002 graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, he is survived by his parents and a sister. - AP
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October 2, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those who knew him said he was a patriot in the purest sense of the word, a man whose love of God and country was unshakable. On Wednesday, he died in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Funeral arrangements were being made Friday for Marine First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, a Gloucester County resident and graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, where he was a standout student and athlete. Iannelli died "while conducting combat operations in Helmand province," according to a brief statement issued by the U.S. Defense Department on Thursday.
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