A report released Tuesday faulted Special Operations Forces leadership at a small outpost near Kandahar, Afghanistan, for missing signs of potential violence in Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales before his March 2012 massacre that left 16 civilians dead.
Shared experiences aboard the Navy's most decorated vessel drew 60 former crew members to a reunion this week, but they still can't share their stories. Exploits aboard the spy submarine USS Parche remain classified.
The news sounded just as good this week as it did in 2007: With U.S. backing, Iraqi forces have pushed extremists out of key territories. The lesson of 2007, however, was that such victories can be fleeting.