Afghan war claimed no U.S. soldiers in March

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For the first time in more than seven years, there were zero combat casualties among U.S. military forces in Afghanistan during a full calendar month, according to NATO press releases.

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33,000 American flags planted in Boston Common in memory of every fallen service member from Massachusetts between the Civil War and present day.

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Welcome home! Soldiers return from service

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On Memorial Day, a look back at soldiers coming home to tearful and joy-filled embraces after tours of duty abroad.

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7 young Marines killed in tragic accident identified

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The names of seven Marines — the youngest just 19, the oldest 26 years old — who were killed when a mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise at an Army munitions depot in the Nevada desert were released Wednesday by Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Soldier disguised as Power Ranger surprises sons

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Sgt. Daryl Chandler disguised himself as a super hero to surprise his young sons when came home to Georgia from Afghanistan for his first, two-week break in nine months. WXIA’s Jon Shirek reports.

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The enemy within: Soldier suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012

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More soldiers took their own lives than died in combat during 2012, new Department of Defense figures show. The Army’s suicide rate has climbed by 9 percent since the military branch launched its suicide-prevention campaign in 2009.

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2,000 gone in Afghanistan: Did you notice the death of Sgt. Riley Stephens?

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When No. 2,000 fell last weekend in Afghanistan, journalists were keeping count. But is the nation keeping up?

Sunday marks the 11-year anniversary of the first American missile strikes against terrorist and Taliban targets inside Afghanistan. The U.S. military death toll has ticked ever slowly upward from the war’s launch in October 2001 as a globally watched counterattack to 9/11 through the height of the Iraq War when service members in Afghanistan darkly dubbed their own battleground “Forgot-istan.”

Three US soldiers among at least 14 killed by Afghan suicide bomber

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A suicide bomber detonated a device in Afghanistan on Monday, killing three U.S. soldiers, one interpreter and four members of the Afghan National Police, a military official told NBC News.

The U.S. soldiers and Afghan police were on a dismounted partner patrol near the center of the Khost region in eastern Afghanistan. The attacker approached and detonated as they were preparing to get back in their vehicles.

No fix for ‘Jesus rifles’ deploying to Afghanistan

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When the so-called “Jesus rifle” came to light in Jan. 2010, it sparked constitutional and security concerns, and a maelstrom of media coverage. The Pentagon ordered the removal of the secret code referring to Bible passages that the manufacturer had inscribed on the scopes of the standard issue rifles carried by U.S. soldiers into battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nearly three years later — despite the military’s assertion that is making “good progress” — the code remains on many rifles deploying to Afghanistan, which some soldiers argue is endangering their lives by reinforcing suspicions that the United States is waging a crusade against Muslims.

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Last of 33,000 US surge troops leave Afghanistan

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Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Wounded warriors show grit, determination on journey to recovery

(Sgt. JD Williams, 25, a triple amputee, flowboards on a wave machine at the Center for the Intrepid on Aug. 7. The wave therapy is designed to improve balance, coordination and strength for injured soldiers, most of whom have lost limbs in combat. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

Lieutenant Colonel Donald Gajewski swears he has the best job in the military.

As an orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Center for the Intrepid at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Gajewski oversees the care of soldiers who return from combat with the most severe wounds.

The center, which opened in 2007, is one of three military facilities in the country for amputees, and it also rehabilitates soldiers with serious burns and injured limbs that were not amputated.

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Wave of attacks kills at least 82 across Iraq

Updated at 4:12 a.m. ET: BAGHDAD, Iraq — A wave of bombings and an attack on an Iraqi military based killed at least 82 people on Monday. The death toll made it the bloodiest day of the year in the country, The Associated Press reported. 

More than 100 others were wounded, police and hospital sources said.

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Young fan strains for glimpse of Olympic flame in England

A young girl squeezes between an honour guard of soldiers to get a glimpse of Johnson Beharry VC carrying the Olympic torch at the National War Memorial on Armed Forces Day, June 30, in Alrewas, Staffordshire, England. 

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Soldiers fire on enemy positions in Afghanistan

Soldiers from Alpha Battery 2nd Platoon Field Artillery fire a 155mm Howitzer towards insurgent positions at forward operating base Joyce in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province on June 25, 2012.