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Howard Altman: Email from Gen. Votel reveals scope of chemical attacks in Mosul

Howard Altman: Email from Gen. Votel reveals scope of chemical attacks in Mosul

Syria isn’t the only modern battlefield to feel the sting of chemical weapons attacks.They frequently took place in Iraq as well, as a recently released cache of emails shows.In late June 2017, the head of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel...
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Lawsuits open window on shadowy network SOCom uses to arm Syrian rebels

Lawsuits open window on shadowy network SOCom uses to arm Syrian rebels

Three years ago, Navy veteran Francis Norwillo was handling a rocket-propelled grenade when it suddenly went off.The blast at an overseas weapons range killed him and injured four others — a driver, an interpreter and two other Americans who, like No...
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Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

An interpreter who risked his life helping U.S. forces in Iraq and then fought for two years to become a U.S. citizen will soon be an American.On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service notified Haeder Alanbki, 36, that his request for c...
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Congress demands answers from VA about allegations against Haley

Congress demands answers from VA about allegations against Haley

TAMPA — Congress is demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs about allegations that at least hundreds of radiology exams were improperly canceled at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and that officials there tried to cover it up....
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Can a ‘Green Alert System’ help veterans in crisis?

Can a ‘Green Alert System’ help veterans in crisis?

The first time I met Don Bolduc was in his office in Kabul, where he served as commander of the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan. He is an Army brigadier general and I was there to talk about operations to improve Afg...
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Fitness app Polar revealed not only where U.S. military personnel worked, but where they lived

Fitness app Polar revealed not only where U.S. military personnel worked, but where they lived

Less than seven months ago, a group of journalists and Internet sleuths reported that the fitness-tracking application Strava was revealing highly sensitive information about U.S. military personnel around the world, including in Iraq and Syria. The ...
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Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Haeder Alanbki, an Iraqi living in Orlando, applied to become a U.S. citizen in 2016.Given his years as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, he thought it would be a simple formality. But in a lawsuit he filed last month against the government, Al...
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The Air Force’s $10,000 toilet cover

The Air Force’s $10,000 toilet cover

To the Air Force, it’s a "cover-center wall, troop compartment latrine ... required to protect the aircraft from corrosion damage in the latrine area."To the rest of us, it’s a toilet cover. And until recently, it had a price tag of $10,000.Officials...
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Veterans to break ground on Sun City Center memorial

Veterans to break ground on Sun City Center memorial

SUN CITY CENTER — Residents in this retirement community will celebrate the construction of a Veterans Memorial with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 17.The memorial will mark the first such tribute to the thousands of veterans who have l...
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Were veterans’ radiology tests wrongly canceled? VA includes Haley in national audit

Were veterans’ radiology tests wrongly canceled? VA includes Haley in national audit

TAMPA — Federal investigators are looking into allegations that officials at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital canceled hundreds of patient radiology exams without following safety guidelines and then tried to cover it up.The exams had been order...
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