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After reports last week  that seventeen U.S veterans were launching a class-action lawsuit against Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, NPR interviewed Plaintiff Panayiota Bertzikis. She says that her superiors never investigated her 2006 rape charge against a fellow Coast Guard member.
Some veterans groups are seething over news that wounded Iraq war veteran Anthony Maschek was heckled by fellow Columbia University students during a recent forum about bringing ROTC back to the school.
Iraq’s top Shiite religious leaders called for Iraqis to defer their protests, leading many members of the country’s Shiite majority to say they would not join in nationwide demonstrations scheduled for Friday. Many Sunnis said they still planned to go ahead with the demonstrations, which are being billed as a “day of rage.” But the Shiite withdrawal dealt a significant blow to protest organizers, who had hoped to fill Iraq’s streets with millions of people to call for improved government services.
The American and Afghan defense chiefs met Wednesday at the Pentagon and said they are working to develop  a bilateral relationship that will extend beyond the hoped-for end of NATO’s combat role in Afghanistan four years from now.
NATO's Afghan night raids  come with a high civilian cost. The operations have ramped up significantly under the leadership of General David Petraeus, despite strong opposition led by President Hamid Karzai.
At a time when other parts of the Arab world are in turmoil, Iraq is feeling stable enough to begin removing  some of the tall concrete blast walls that went up as protection against bombings and insurgents during the height of the war.
The Marine Corps may have offered the strongest vocal opposition to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last year, but in the wake of the repeal, the service is moving quickly  to implement the change.
The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone reports .
Taking aim at other groups last week, House Republicans dropped a round instead on low-income veterans , making it harder for them to retain counsel when taking on the government.
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