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January 26, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Anat Kamm, an Israeli woman convicted of stealing classified military documents during her army service last decade, was released from jail Sunday after being paroled for good behavior. Kamm, now 26 , stole more than 2,000 documents, hundreds of them classified and top-secret, while assigned to the office of a major general during her mandatory military service between 2005 and 2007 -- a case that in some way parallels that of Pfc. Bradley Manning , now known as Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of illegally downloading classified documents from a U.S. Army computer.
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WORLD
December 30, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A series of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital left dozens of people dead Monday as the army fought off assailants identified as followers of a disgruntled religious leader. The coordinated attacks, at first thought to be a coup attempt, targeted a state television station, the airport and a military base in Kinshasa, the capital. Gunfire was also reported in Lubumbashi, the country's second-largest city and capital of mineral-rich Katanga province.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The U.S. Army successfully tested a high-energy laser beam to zap apart mortar rounds and drones while they were in mid-flight. The solid state laser was mounted to a tactical military vehicle and carried out multiple tests between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10 at the Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It was an important milestone for the Army toward its goal of using large lasers as a protection capability at military installations against incoming rockets, artillery and cruise missiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Interviewers always asked Mikhail Kalashnikov the same question and he always gave the same answer: Yes, he could sleep at night. Quite easily, thank you. Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, a cheap, simple, rugged assault rifle that became the weapon of choice for more than 50 standing armies as well as drug lords, street gangs, revolutionaries, terrorists, pirates and thugs the world over, died Monday at a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of...
WORLD
December 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino
SAFID SHIR, Afghanistan - Astride his dappled gray stallion, Mohammad Karim looked like a weathered warrior, though he wielded a grain sack instead of a carbine. Decades ago, Karim was a mujahid, a mountain tribesman who took up arms against Soviet soldiers and, later, the Taliban. Now 45, with white whiskers beneath his pakol , a traditional Afghan hat, he is again prepared to fight if his beloved Panjshir Valley is threatened. "If the Taliban tries to come back, we'll fight them and kill them," he said, as he rode his horse near the shimmering blue Panjshir River and hillside trees streaked with autumn gold.
WORLD
December 19, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Fears of civil war in South Sudan grew Thursday, after South Sudan's military admitted losing control of a key town in the country's east to army mutineers. The army lost Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, to a military faction associated with former Vice President Riek Machar, who has been accused by President Salva Kiir of launching a coup. Fighting continued in the region Thursday. Machar denies any coup attempt, claiming that Kiir is inciting ethnic tensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Authorities are investigating the hit-and-run death of a U.S. Army vet and father of 8-month-old twins in Canyon Lake over the weekend. Scott Bolger, 32, of Lake Elsinore was found dead about 2:17 a.m. Saturday on Railroad Canyon Road, about 245 feet west of Canyon Lake Drive, according to Riverside County sheriff's and coroner officials. He was apparently struck by a passing vehicle when he stepped off the sidewalk and into Railroad Canyon Road, according to the sheriff's department.  The driver did not remain at the scene as required by state law. Investigators later determined that Bolger had been with a friend at a tavern before walking home.
WORLD
December 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have regained control of a strategic town along the nation's major north-south highway, state media reported Monday, as troops advanced in a sweeping offensive designed to secure the route and sever opposition supply lines from nearby Lebanon. The dangerous highway is expected to be used as a corridor for the transport of Syria's toxic stockpiles as part of a United Nations-backed plan to rid the country of its chemical armaments. State news outlets reported that government forces had established “full control” of Nabek, about 50 miles northeast of Damascus along the highway, which links the capital to the central city of Homs.
OPINION
December 6, 2013 | By Daniel Markey
Pakistan's retiring army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, last week passed the baton of his nation's most powerful institution to Gen. Raheel Sharif. A fresh face at the helm of the Pakistani military undoubtedly raises American hopes for a less frustrating relationship, as the last six years of dealing with Kayani were anything but smooth. Realistically, however, Washington should keep its expectations firmly in check and at least one eye out for trouble. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (no relation to the new army chief)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Two men were arrested in connection with the identity theft of U.S. Army Reserve officers who were on active duty in Afghanistan, authorities said. Mauro Cortez, 25, and Rigoberto Cortez, 29, were arrested Wednesday after the Los Angeles County Identity Theft Task Force served a search warrant at a home in Pomona, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The men were allegedly provided the identity information of more than five U.S. Army Reserve officers who were serving overseas in Afghanistan and then used it to establish lines of credit and buy cars. Deputies found evidence at the home allegedly linking the Cortez men to the identity theft.  The loss is estimated to be more than $100,000.
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