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As Afghan War winds down, battalion has one more mission

As Lt. Col. Chris Hossfeld prepares to leave for Afghanistan, he's fighting for a different commander-in-chief with a different focus: ending a war rather than beginning one. He will be entering a fight that's very different from the one in 2004, when he was on his first combat tour in Afghanistan.

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Pentagon operation name for Islamic State fight inspires criticism

During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged military leaders to come up with valiant names for battles so no mother of a fallen soldier need say her son was killed "in an operation called 'Bunnyhug' or 'Ballyhoo.'" More than 70 years later, Pentagon officials faced a similar problem.

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Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

Fort Drum's biomass power plant is the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy - enough to power 750,000 homes - on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025 as a way to help ensure the military's energy security.

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Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

Across the vast region under Islamic State control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups.

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Bay of Pigs veteran, families seek billions from Cuba

Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking down Fidel Castro. lieutenant Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967. Now, at age 78, Villoldo is fresh off another clash with the Cuban government.

 

 

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