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August 23, 2009 | Washington Post
The U.S. military has agreed for the first time to provide information to the International Committee of the Red Cross about prisoners held in secret detention camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it will continue to deny the organization access to them, military officials said Saturday. The facilities are "short-term places" operated by U.S. Special Forces for newly captured suspected insurgents considered to have valuable information or to be serious threats, according to an official familiar with the subject who was not authorized to discuss it on the record.
November 14, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
In civilian life, Michael Ottolini loved driving big Peterbilt trucks and hauling hay. But the Sebastopol, Calif., truck driver was happiest, relatives said, when he was called up for active duty with the California Army National Guard. Ottolini, 45, a married father of two grown children, was killed Wednesday when the military truck he was driving was struck by a roadside bomb near Balad, Iraq, 50 miles northwest of Baghdad.
September 19, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Edgar Daclan Jr. was just two semesters short of an electrical engineering degree from Cal State Long Beach when he surprised his family by enlisting in the Army. "He was upset about the terrorist attacks," said Daclan's elder sister, Iris. "He joined because he wanted to make a difference, do something for our country. He did a brave thing. He's our hero and we're very proud of him." Daclan, 24, immigrated to Torrance from the Philippines in 1993 with Iris and their father, Edgar Sr.
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