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A Look at American Jihadis: Why Do They Fight?

Ana and John Conley, parents of Shannon Conley, leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Denver. Authorities say the 19-year-old intended to wage jihad. Her guilty plea requires her to give information about others with the same intentions. AP photo

WASHINGTON -- A look at four Americans who became jihadis, and what motivated them to fight: Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who liked to cuddle cats, blew himself up in May in Syria. He was the first American suicide bomber in that civil war. Abusalha, 22, was a community college student who grew up playing basketball in Vero Beach, Florida. But Ab... more

3 Afghan Soldiers Missing From US Base

CAMP EDWARDS, Massachusetts -- Police and military officials were searching Sunday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base. The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, U.S. mil... more

Odierno: More Troops in Afghanistan May Get Pink Slips

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WASHINGTON -- More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Army's top officer said Friday. Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno discussed the cuts with reporters Friday at a breakfast in Washington. The notifications, part of an effort to rapidly shrink the size of the ground forces, have d... more

XO of USS Cowpens Relieved After Alcohol-Related Incident

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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- The executive officer of the cruiser USS Cowpens has been relieved, making him at least the fifth senior leader in four years to be removed from the ship. Cmdr. Armando Ramirez was relieved Sept. 18 by commanding officer Capt. Scott Sciretta due to an alcohol-related incident, according to a Navy statement. Service... more

Campbell Commends Afghan Deal That Would Extend US Troop Presence

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For more than a year, the allies have been pressing for a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S. to keep troops in Afghanistan past the end of this year and a similar agreement with NATO, but current President Hamid Karzai refused to sign. Karzai has been in power since shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2001. Since taking over l... more

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