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In first trip as defense secretary, Hagel lands in Afghanistan

The first Vietnam veteran to be U.S. defense secretary is spending his first overseas trip on the job thanking soldiers and Marines. At about 11 a.m. ET Friday, Hagel touched down in Kabul, Afghanistan.


US sends 100 armed troops to Niger

The US has deployed 100 troops to Niger to assist French forces in neighbouring Mali, President Barack Obama says.


German: US to leave 8,000-12,000 troops in Afghan

A German official is saying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told NATO allies that the U.S. will leave between 8,000-12,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends.


Obama to announce 34,000 troops to return from Afghanistan

President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that 34,000 troops will return from Afghanistan by early 2014, a source familiar with the speech told Reuters.


2012 military suicides hit record high of 349

The Associated Press has learned that suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year....


Navy SEAL commander committed suicide in Afghanistan

U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan. Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Saturday of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.


Petite but proven: Women pass elite Army course

While the Pentagon brass and U.S. military leaders are struggling over how to bring women into ground combat training, two young female soldiers have already proven they've got what it takes to join their male counterparts on the battlefield.


Troops debate risks, benefits of women in combat

A federal lawsuit filed by four service members Tuesday challenges the Pentagon's longstanding policy barring women from serving in direct combat positions.


4 California Men Accused in Terrorism Plot

Al Qaeda

The men sought to join Al Qaeda and the Taliban and travel to Afghanistan to kill American troops, federal authorities said.


Uniform alluring for 'military groupies'

CNN's Randi Kaye looks at the fascination some military followers have with men in uniform.


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