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U.S. airstrike kills 12 Afghan police officers

by Leigh Jones
Posted 7/22/17, 01:29 pm

A U.S. airstrike killed 12 Afghan National Police officers mistaken for Taliban fighters in Helmand province. Pentagon officials confirmed the errant airstrike, which happened Friday, and offered condolences to the officers’ families. Two other officers suffered injuries. Afghan forces are fighting to retake areas of Helmand now under Taliban control. A government official said the police officers, working with army soldiers, had just regained control of a Taliban post when the air strike happened.

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Jordan convicts soldier in murder of three American troops

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/17, 08:18 am

A military court in Jordan has sentenced a Jordanian soldier to life in prison with hard labor for killing three U.S. military trainers at a Jordanian air base. Gunfire killed the three U.S. Army green berets on Nov. 4 as their convoy waited at the base gate. The soldier pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, claiming he opened fire out of fear the base was under attack. The U.S. Embassy in a Monday statement said the trial verified the U.S. military trainers had “followed all established procedures when accessing the base the day of the incident, as we have noted before.”

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Families identify some military plane crash victims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/13/17, 08:33 am

Family members have identified some of the 15 Marines and a Navy sailor who died in a Monday plane crash in Mississippi. Brig. Gen. Bradley James in a statement said the family members of those killed had been notified, and the roster of their names will be released in coming days. Some of the family members released statements, spoke to local media, and posted remembrances on social media. One of the identified officers is 26-year-old Joseph Murray. Murray’s father told reporters his Florida-born son had shared his Christian faith by serving his country.

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