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National Edition News cover for April 8, 2014 - U.S. picks up tab for coalition’s food and laundry: Soldiers and service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wait to be served Christmas dinner at a dining facility at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Heavy Price: Relatives mourn Maj. German Mendez, one of two Colombian police officers killed last month by rebels in the port town of Tumaco. Guerrillas pay $1,000 to anyone who kills a cop, police say. (REUTERS)

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Nearly every aspect of military life relies on contract companies, which provide food, fuel and laundry, medical supplies, repair shops and garbage disposal, transportation, housing and a host of other services to deployed troops. Even as Afghans voted for a new president last week, 33,500 U.S. troops remained along with 17,676 troops from dozens of other countries, according to the International Security Assistance Force. (Associated Press)

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Nearly every aspect of military life relies on contract companies, which provide food, fuel and laundry, medical supplies, repair shops and garbage disposal, transportation, housing and a host of other services to deployed troops. Even as Afghans voted for a new president last week, 33,500 U.S. troops remained along with 17,676 troops from dozens of other countries, according to the International Security Assistance Force. (Associated Press)

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Rebel Loot: Soldiers in Tumaco guard 3.9 tons of cocaine seized from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Tumaco has Colombia's highest concentration of cultivation of coca. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Heavy Price: Relatives mourn Maj. German Mendez, one of two Colombian police officers killed last month by rebels in the port town of Tumaco. Guerrillas pay $1,000 to anyone who kills a cop, police say. (REUTERS)

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Colombia special forces patrol in Buenaventura, the country's main port city on the Pacific coast. The government deployed additional security forces to Buenaventura to try to control escalating violence among criminal gangs fighting for control of the city. (Associated Press)

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"Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It" by Richard Viguerie will be published Tuesday. (WND BOOKS)

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"Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It" by Richard Viguerie will be published Tuesday. (WND BOOKS)