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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel to discuss progress of Afghanistan forces

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was meeting Sunday with American military commanders in Afghanistan to discuss progress Afghan forces are making as the U.S. looks to pull all but about 10,000 troops out of the country by the end of the year.


  • Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Questions loom over Bergdahl-Taliban swap

    The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their top officials, American officials told The Associated Press.


  • Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker

    Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it's unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: Captive's life was in danger

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier's life was in danger.


  • Obama defends deal with Taliban to free only American POW in Afghanistan

    The only American soldier held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan has been released, administration officials announced Saturday.


  • FILE - This file image provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a frame grab from a video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl, left.  Saturday, May 31, 2014, U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. The officials say his release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT: INTELCENTER; NO SALES; EDS NOTE: "INTELCENTER" AT LEFT TOP CORNER ADDED BY SOURCE

    US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.


  • Fort Carson soldier killed in Afghanistan

    A Fort Carson soldier has died following an aircraft accident in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.


  • ** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. (Associated Press)

    Obama's exit plan levels the playing field 'for the enemy': Retired Marine Gen. Mattis

    Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis does not approve of President Obama's exit plan for Afghanistan.


  • FILE - In this Feb, 18, 2011 file photo a vehicle drives out of the Sverdrup Gate of Fort Leonard Wood near Rolla, Mo. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, a former drill sergeant at the base, was accused Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at a pretrial hearing at the post of sexually assaulting several female soldiers during the past three years, including at least one while he was deployed in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    Sergeant accused of sexually assaulting soldiers

    A Missouri-based Army drill sergeant has been accused of sexually assaulting 12 female soldiers during the past three years, including several while he was deployed in Afghanistan.


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