IAVA Daily News Brief 08.23.12
Posted by Hallie Seegal on August 23
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A detailed first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, written by a member of the Navy SEALs who participated in the mission and was present at Bin Laden’s death, will be released next month, the publisher said on Wednesday. The book is written under a pseudonym.
One flew an A-10 Warthog over Iraq and Afghanistan. Another was part of the 29th Infantry Brigade's medical operations near Baghdad. A third lost both legs and partial use of an arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. All are war veterans aiming to serve in Congress. All reflect an evolving U.S. military. All are female.
Even as the Afghan government said on Wednesday that it would take new measures to counter a wave of deadly insider killings of Western troops by Afghan security forces, President Hamid Karzai’s office asserted for the first time that foreign spy agencies were behind most of the attacks, putting it directly at odds with NATO’s assessment of the
- Afghanistan's government said on Wednesday it would re-screen the files of 350,000 police and soldiers to stem the recent wave of NATO personnel shootings by Afghan forces.
- It was an afternoon of banners, flags and then tears of happiness Wednesday as 300 members of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing returned home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
- The Islamic State of Iraq, an Al-Qaida’s front group, has claimed responsibility for 43 deadly attacks in the Sunni-dominated western Anbar province this summer. The attacks included roadside bombings, sticky bombs, mortars and rockets, booby trapped houses and shootings against Iraqi security forces, pro-government elements and military bases.
- As the head of the VA on Wednesday blasted a video produced for a pair of VA conferences last year in Orlando, two House committees pressed for even more answers, saying the video spoof of the opening scene of the movie "Patton" was yet another example of wasteful government spending.
THE NEW GREATEST GENERATION
- Former Private First Class Nick Stefanovic earned a clean slate thanks to a Veterans Treatment Court, a program for veterans that may allow them to earn their way out of jail or reduce fines after a criminal offense.
- Les Gelb, the President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and IAVA Board Member, writes in The National Interest that while Obama captured the political center at home on foreign policy because he avoided costly mistakes, he misunderstood the strengths of American power when encased in good strategy.
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