The bombs that went off in Kabul and Khost [Saturday] were not a show of power to America, but were in service to America...It was in the service of foreigners not withdrawing from Afghanistan.
— Afghan President Hamid Karzi claiming Sunday that the Taliban suicide bombings, which killed at least 18 people, are part of a joint U.S.-Taliban plot so that U.S. combat forces can stay in the country beyond their 2014 deadline for pulling out. U.S. officials denounced the claim as "totally false."
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Bronze Star

Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been dead for just over a month, but already there’s a plan afoot to honor the sniper forever in bronze.

Greg Marra from Sarasota, Fla., has created a life-size sculpture of the 6-foot-3 Kyle …

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Ambition? Or Hubris?

Skimming Pentagon contract announcements and solicitations can give one a sense of just how much the federal government is trying to do in the national-security arena.

But sometimes you come across one that makes you scratch …

725,000

— The latest Rand Corp. estimate of how many of the 2.4 million U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq may have come home with a traumatic brain injury or PTSD. It surfaces in a new report, here, that estimates between 275,000 and 1 million Americans have, or are, spending time as caregivers for loved ones wounded in the wars. Nearly all such caregivers – 96% -- are women. Definitely gives a new meaning to the phase “women in combat.”
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