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Portrait of a Christian artist

Art | Combat and Christianity helped shape Roger Blum and his work
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 4/11/19, 03:09 pm

Artist Roger Blum, now 78, grew up in a troubled Seventh-day Adventist home in Northern California. That upbringing led him to register as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. In 1965, when he was beginning a master’s degree program and trying to establish himself as an illustrator, he received a draft notice.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul

Americans killed in Afghanistan bombing

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/09/19, 11:04 am

A roadside bomb near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan killed three American service members on Monday, U.S. forces confirmed. The explosion occurred near Bagram Airfield, which serves as the major U.S. air facility in the country, the United States and the NATO Resolute Support mission said. Three other Americans and an Afghan contractor sustained injuries in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying its suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled car near the base.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mohammed Omar Aburas

U.S. pulls troops from Libya as fighting worsens

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/08/19, 11:51 am

The United States temporarily withdrew some of its forces from Libya as unrest intensified in the country’s capital city of Tripoli, a senior U.S. military official confirmed Sunday. Some American troops remained on the ground to help local forces protect diplomatic buildings and combat Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. “The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable,” said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command. “Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S.

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