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A Sergeant’s Last Mission: Soldiering, Barbering and Missing His Family at Home

October 25, 2017
Yamiche Alcindor, Dave Philipps | The New York Times
The bitter back and forth is a marked contrast to his life, which family, friends and fellow soldiers say was characterized by kindness and an optimism that allowed him to rise above a tough upbringing, when so much around him seemed set on keeping him down.
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McCain critiques Trump without labeling him ‘draft dodger’

October 24, 2017
Erica Werner | The Associated Press
Republican Sen. John McCain left no doubt Monday that he was thinking of President Donald Trump as he criticized the draft system during Vietnam for forcing low-income Americans to serve while the wealthy could avoid war with a doctor’s note.
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What's next for the caliphate?

October 23, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
ISIS lost its Syrian capital, Raqqa, last week. Trump issued a congratulatory statement; but we've not seen any George W. Bush-style "Mission Accomplished" speeches.
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U.S. Considering Increasing Tempo of Operations in Africa, Senator Says

October 21, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon’s top official is considering ways to increase the tempo of U.S. operations in Africa in the wake of a deadly Oct. 4 ambush in Niger by militants affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group, a Republican senator said Friday.

Pentagon, FBI investigate ambush on U.S. troops in Niger

October 20, 2017
The panelists discussed the wider concerns about how families of fallen military members are comforted.
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From the Vault: Revisiting U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's controversial 2014 release

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October 16, 2017
Three years after his release from Taliban captivity, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior.
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Top General’s View of Transgender Troops Is at Odds With Trump’s

September 27, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that transgender service members who meet the “physical and mental standards” required by the military should be allowed to serve, a position that appeared to put him at odds with President Donald Trump.
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Poll: Far more trust generals than Trump on N. Korea, while two-thirds oppose preemptive strike

September 25, 2017
Philip Rucker, Scott Clement | The Washington Post
Two-thirds of Americans oppose launching a preemptive military strike against North Korea, with a majority trusting the U.S. military to handle the escalating nuclear crisis responsibly but not President Trump, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.
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