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President Karzai announced Tuesday; reconstruction bases must go allowing his government to take over the country’s security responsibilities.

Karzai: NATO Reconstruction Bases to Go

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president said Tuesday that international military bases that run provincial infrastructure and development programs will have to close as his government takes over responsibility for the country’s security — a process starting this year.

‘Old Ironsides’ is Hiring

The Navy is looking for Sailors willing to serve on the slowest, oldest and least high-tech ship in the fleet.

Afghan, NATO forces brace for spring offensive

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Ten loud explosions that rocked Kandahar one day last week actually signaled good news on the front line of the war against the Taliban.

Freed young leader energizes Egyptian protests

CAIRO (AP) — A young leader of Egypt’s anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd of hundreds of thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday, greeted by cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: “We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime.”

No espionage charges for airmen on Wikileaks

The Air Force is backing off the threat by one of its major commands to pursue espionage charges for airmen who access classified documents on WikiLeaks.

House GOP looks to trim defense, vets spending

House Republicans who are hoping to finally complete work on the delayed 2011 federal budget are looking at cutting funds from defense and veterans programs

Police: Death of Kadena airman being treated as homicide

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese police are treating the death of a Kadena airman over the weekend as a homicide, a police spokesman said Monday evening.

Cheeseheads invade Afghanistan as 101st takes in 4 a.m. Super Bowl

FORWARD OPERATING BASE Sharana, Afghanistan — While Lambeau Field-like conditions swirled outside, soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne hunkered down in their all-weather tents to watch the Green Bay Packers go ahead on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of Super Bowl XLV.

Injured veteran receives adapted home

A Marine who was severely injured while serving in Iraq will soon be the recipient of a specially adapted home to support him and his family.

U.S. initiative to arm Afghan villagers carries some risks

SHAHBUDDIN, AFGHANISTAN – Operating from a small U.S. Special Forces base on a snow-speckled field here is a newly-minted U.S. ally who either represents a brighter future or everything that is wrong with Afghanistan’s troubled past.

How long can Egyptian military navigate middle ground?

The army has managed to keep the public trust while remaining loyal to Hosni Mubarak, one of its own. But a history of crushing dissent indicates that its tolerance for protesters may not hold if its interests are threatened.

Budget limits efforts to add, upgrade vehicles

The Army’s various vehicle-development efforts are in flux. Flatlining defense budgets may end some of the big-ticket technology development programs, but may also create opportunities for less ambitious upgrade efforts. Meanwhile, the Army is still figuring out how to use lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan to shape its future force.

Maine senator advances call for Afghan probe

PERU, Maine — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe says she’s gaining support in her call for a federal review of security forces in Afghanistan after a soldier from Maine and five others soldiers were killed by an Afghan recruit during training exercises.

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