US Edition for April 16, 2010
COVER STORYNew Afghan strategy blurs line between friend and enemyLast summer, an Army sniper tried to kill Ajab Khan as he was directing mortar fire against an American base, according to military officials. The sniper missed. But on a brilliant day last week in the rough-hewn, high-mountain village of Shaykhan in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar province, Khan was smiling as a platoon of U.S. soldiers trudged toward him. • StorySoldiers in Afghanistan have varying success following up on intelligence tipsSoldiers in this part of the Arghandab Valley estimate they’re receiving 10 times as many intelligence tips as they used to. Not all of them yield big results, however. • Story
In this war, pigs are besting Iraqi farmersOf all the calamities war has loosed upon Iraq, pigs are not among the most obvious. Yet, there they are, across a growing swath of northern farmland, a scourge of feral swine risen from the reeds to root among the furrows and wreak havoc on the fields. •Story
A 45-year Navy career and two stints on ‘Survivor’ means name recognition for BoeschSeveral of the chief petty officers eating lunch together on Wednesday already knew of Rudy Boesch, the retired Navy SEAL and two-time alumnus of the TV reality show “Survivor.” • Story
Teenager gets his ‘wish’: Time with his soldier brother on the flightline in GermanyCresencio Santos’ greatest wish was to see his older brother in Germany. Kevin Colindres, 20, an Army private with the 8th Medical Logistics Company at Miesau Army Depot, is a father figure to his younger brother, since both grew up without a dad around. • Story
Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog
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