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Staff Sgt. Mario Tenario, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division trains Afghan National Army soldiers how to inspect equipment.

Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has been wracked by continuous war for over three decades. The U.S., U.K., Australia, France, and Afghan United Front began Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7th, 2001 in response to the September 11th attacks in the U.S. The mission focused on the the overthrow of the Taliban government, as well as the ouster of Al Qaida and it leaders, including Osama Bin Laden. With over a decade of combat, it has become the second longest war in the U.S. history. The conflict has resulted in over two thousand U.S. troops killed.

With the death of Bin Laden, the U.S. is formulating plans for withdrawal from the region. President Obama has announced an end to combat operations, but an unknown number of troops will likely remain in the country after the 2014 deadline. Afghanistan is currently seeking financial assistance from other countries to assist in the reconstruction process.

Afghanistan has been populated for millennia, seeing the rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and religions. Islam -- which influences much of its current culture and politics -- is the most popular religion in the region. The current estimated population is over 30 million, with Pashtun and Tajik as the two largest ethnicities.

Army Civilian at Aberdeen Proving Ground Dies

Baltimore Sun | Apr 23, 2014

A longtime Army civilian at Aberdeen Proving Ground died after a "grass cutting incident" at work on Tuesday, officials said. Willie Stevenson, 61, was severely injured while he was riding a lawn mower near the Route 24 Gate on the Edgewood side of the Army post, spokesman Kelly Luster said. He did not describe what happened. Emergency personn... more

A Bipolar Doctor Probes the Brain on 'Black Box'

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Associated Press | Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's brainy new medical drama "Black Box" does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black , known as "the Marco Polo of the Brain," w... more

Discovery to Chronicle Everest Avalanche

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Associated Press | Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill said the network hopes to air the film... more

Court: Ohio Man Must Pay $489,000 for False Call

Associated Press | Apr 23, 2014

CINCINNATI — An Ohio man who was 19 when he made a false distress call that triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution to the U.S. and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found ... more

Airman Guilty of Some Charges in Lackland Sex Case

 | Apr 23, 2014

A military judge Tuesday found an Air Force photographer guilty of sexual misconduct, setting the stage for a trial on more serious charges, including rape. Col. Donald Eller Jr. found Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Crow guilty of four charges and five specifications of misconduct, one of which carried a possible 15-year prison sentence. Prose... more

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