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A U.S. military contractor stole more than $300,000 worth of government property from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2015. Among the items stolen were a Toyota Hilux pickup truck, a Toyota van and various vehicle parts.<br>J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes

Contractor pleads guilty to role in theft ring at Kandahar Airfield

A U.S. military contractor pleaded guilty to federal fraud and theft charges after stealing vehicles, generators and other goods worth more than $300,000 from a base in southern Afghanistan.

Iran-backed militia says prime minister's actions could bring escalation

A powerful Iran-backed militia said Wednesday there would be “escalation” if Iraq's prime minister continues to clamp down on armed groups, as tensions spiked following the killing of a prominent analyst, pitting the state against rogue elements.

US Gen. McKenzie skeptical that bounties led to troops' deaths

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said that the U.S. did not increase force protection measures in Afghanistan as a result of the information, although he asked his intelligence staff to dig into the matter more.

Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread

The U.S. military has ordered contractors in eastern Afghanistan to leave base as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and other nonessential services.

‘He didn’t go down without a fight’: Report details 2018 Afghan insider attack that killed soldier

He was shot in the back as he ran for cover, but Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard managed to draw his pistol and spin around before falling to the ground.

Fort Drum-based soldier dies in vehicle rollover accident in Afghanistan

Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, 21, of San Antonio, died Friday as a result of the incident, which is under investigation.

‘The Outpost’ depicts leadership, valor and heartache of Battle of Kamdesh

Movie audiences can experience one of America’s most decorated battles of the ongoing war in Afghanistan as “The Outpost,” a veteran-directed film on the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh, hits theaters and on-demand streaming services July 3.

Army investigating noncombat death of Fort Bliss soldier in Jordan

The Army is investigating the noncombat death of Spc. Nick Bravo-Regules of Largo, Fla., a 20-year-old Fort Bliss, Texas-based soldier, Tuesday in Jordan.

Army closes investigation into allegations of a coverup in 2007 murder-suicide in Iraq

The sister of Spc. Kamisha Block said she’s never found the Army to be honest about the circumstances preceding her sister's murder, nor is the military willing to hold leadership accountable,

Outspoken Iraqis fear rogue groups after analyst killed

The killing of a prominent security analyst who had received threats from Iran-backed militias has struck fear in the hearts of outspoken Iraqis concerned that they, too, could be targeted by armed groups.

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