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Panetta Tells Afghans That US Remains Committed

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday told Afghan officials that recent violence — such as the incident last weekend in which a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a deadly shooting spree — will not deter the United States from carrying out its mission in Afghanistan.

 

Army delays confidential alcohol counseling program

Despite high rates of alcohol abuse, the Army has delayed for nearly three years a plan to offer all soldiers access to confidential counseling for drinking problems, a move that leaders in alcohol abuse treatment say is a mistake.

 

Afghan official: Video shows soldier surrendering

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers on a rampage was caught on surveillance video that showed him walking up to his base, laying down his weapon and raising his arms in surrender, according to an Afghan official who viewed the footage.

 

 Do fired Navy COs suffer from ‘Bathsheba Syndrome?’

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy has sacked more than 150 commanding officers for misconduct in the past 10 years. Five COs have already been fired this year, including the dismissal Monday of the commander of an amphibious transport dock that had not yet even been commissioned.

 

Army Officer Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Wife, Boss

TACOMA, Wash. — A 20-year Army officer in Washington state threatened to blow up the state Capitol and kill his superior officer, his estranged wife and his girlfriend, authorities said Tuesday, adding scrutiny to the troubled base of a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree.

 

 

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