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6 surprising things that are against the laws of war

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty They may seem like they’re tying troops’ hands behind their backs — especially given that today’s wars are very different from those when the former laws of war were written — but there’s a good reason why certain rules have been imposed to protect troops in combat. Though not every country ratified all of the protocols of the Geneva Convention, and fewer still signed the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, many still hold to the genera ... More

Hundreds of Fort Bragg paratroopers home from ISIS fight

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Qayyarah was the first Iraqi city to be freed from Islamic State control in the last year. The city, south of Mosul and along the Tigris river, was liberated shortly after the 18th Airborne Corps deployed from Fort Bragg to helm the coalition fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. In the months that followed came the long siege against ISIS in Mosul. That city, the largest in Iraq outside of Baghdad, was liberated earlier this year. In recent d ... More

Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported 

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to have roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the coming months, as defense officials on Wednesday finally acknowledged the actual number of American forces in the country after long camouflaging the total in misleading accounting measures and red tape. Senior Defense officials for the first time said there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan — thousands more than the 8,400 that were a ... More

3,500 soldiers from Fort Bliss' 2nd Brigade to deploy to Kuwait

David Burge El Paso Times, Texas Fort Bliss’ 2nd Brigade is about to take the final step in its transition from Army test unit in the modernization mission to being fully deployable. About 3,500 soldiers from the brigade will deploy to Kuwait this fall, the Army announced Wednesday. The Strike Brigade will serve in a deterrence and contingency role in the Middle East. It also will train with Middle Eastern partner nations and engage in other exchanges of information, including conferences, planning ... More

Fort Bragg troops look to the past as they tackle ongoing mission in Afghanistan

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. A vial of sand from hallowed ground sits on Lt. Col. Kwenton Kuhlman’s desk in Helmand province, Afghanistan. It contains sand from Salerno, Italy, and the decades-old battleground where the famed paratroopers of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, fought, bled and died against a Nazi enemy in World War II. At Salerno, the regiment was weeks from earning its nicknamed “Devils in Baggy Pants” – a phrase first fo ... More

US soldier killed in battle with IS in Afghanistan 

By Amir Shah Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — An American soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. The military said in a statement that several Afghan forces were also wounded in the fighting on Wednesday in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province, a militant stronghold. It did not specify how many forces were wounded. And in three southern provinces, Taliban attacks on Wednesday kille ... More

Airman killed in Kuwait during support of Operation Inherent Resolve

Defense.gov The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations. He was assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, West Virginia. More