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December 20, 2009 | By Victoria Kim
As a teenage cadet with the Hawthorne Police Explorers, Eduviges "Duvi" Wolf was faced with a wall she couldn't overcome. It was a 6-foot-high wooden wall -- a head taller than her -- part of an obstacle course at the El Camino College athletic fields. Over the next six weeks, Wolf threw herself at the wall over and over again, for several hours at a time. Her arms and legs became black and blue with bruises. But she was ecstatic the day she finally clambered over it. The Army sergeant approached everything else in life with the same dedication and vigor, whether it was the Police Explorers, the military or motherhood, her friends and family said.
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March 29, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities arrested and charged a 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran turned Middle East "freedom fighter" with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction - a rocket-propelled grenade - after allegedly joining Al Qaeda-linked forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. Eric Harroun was arrested after flying into Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, returning from the Middle East. Authorities said he had previously made "voluntary" statements to FBI agents about his activities fighting with Al Qaeda in Iraq's Al Nusra Front as part of an "RPG team" in Syria.
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July 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One Indian U.N. peacekeeper was killed and seven peacekeepers were injured during the weekend raid to free more than 200 U.N. soldiers who were surrounded by rebels, the U.N. commander in Sierra Leone said. "We managed to extricate all the 233 peacekeepers, and in doing so we had one fatal casualty and seven injured," said Indian Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley, the force commander. "This is the price we have to pay." U.N. officials previously had said that four peacekeepers were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
When he was in kindergarten, he would answer only to the name John Wayne. After high school, he battled wildfires in the rugged mountains of Northern California. And as an elite Navy SEAL, he went on nighttime raids in Afghanistan, missions both dangerous and top secret. Equal parts daring, determined and goofy, Jesse Pittman was as renowned for his practical jokes — often elaborate and largely unprintable — as he was for his bravery and discipline. Pittman, who spent most of his life in the small Mendocino County town of Willits , died Aug. 6 in Taliban territory when the Chinook helicopter that carried him and 29 other American troops was shot down.
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November 20, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A rocket-propelled grenade hit Lebanon's Central Bank on Wednesday, missing the bank governor's office by yards and injuring two people. A previously unknown group claimed responsibility and vowed more attacks on financial targets. A police spokesman quoted by Beirut radio said the grenade was fired at the bank, in Muslim West Beirut, from the political science department of nearby Lebanese University. The two terrorist gunmen who fired the grenade escaped on a motorcycle, he said.
WORLD
June 7, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Afghanistan's top law enforcement official and its intelligence chief stepped down Sunday, taking the blame for last week's attack by Taliban insurgents on a national peace assembly as President Hamid Karzai addressed the gathering. The resignations of Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and National Directorate of Security Chief Amrullah Saleh came at a time when Afghanistan, faced with an insurgency that continues to intensify, can ill afford instability in its police and intelligence ranks.
OPINION
May 23, 2004
Re "Fun in a Flak Jacket," Commentary, May 19: Our family, and probably most families, is the same as Diana Wagman's. My son, 14, and daughter, 11, sit at dinner talking about their days at school, music lessons, etc. And I would be terrified if one of our relatives or friends intended to go to Iraq, for fear they could be killed; no civilians belong there. But beyond that we are different. We trust our president and his reasons for going to war to protect our country, and do not think that he makes his decisions for the selfish purpose of enriching his corporate friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2006 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons was taking a break while patrolling the desert city of Qaim in western Iraq, near the Syrian border, when he was killed last month. His team had reached what the military calls a "hardened site" -- a structure surrounded by sandbags and concertina wire, said his cousin John Widick. The Marines longed to shed their flak jackets, drink water and find refuge from the pale yellow desert, dry heat and coarse sand, he said.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities arrested and charged a 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran turned Middle East "freedom fighter" with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction - a rocket-propelled grenade - after allegedly joining Al Qaeda-linked forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. Eric Harroun was arrested after flying into Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, returning from the Middle East. Authorities said he had previously made "voluntary" statements to FBI agents about his activities fighting with Al Qaeda in Iraq's Al Nusra Front as part of an "RPG team" in Syria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2009 | Sandy Banks
Carol Tyndale wasn't surprised when her son Nicolas H.J. Gideon, then 19, joined the Army last summer. As a child growing up in Murrieta, he was always ready for an adventure, she said. He began riding motorcycles in second grade, leaving older boys in his dust. On his first ski trip, when he was 11, he headed straight for the most treacherous slopes. As a teenager, he loved skin diving, snowboarding, football, hockey and lacrosse. "He was all boy," his mother said. "So tough."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
As a young boy curled in the crook of his father's arm, Nicanor Amper IV watched John Wayne war movies over and over, discovering deep comfort in the films despite the violence they featured. "For him, those movies were always about sticking up for the little guy, patriotism and doing the right thing," said his father, Nicanor Amper III. As he grew, the military gave him a sense of belonging. He pleaded with his father for a trip to Fleet Week, then a military helmet, then a Marine poster to put on his bedroom wall.
WORLD
August 6, 2011 | By Laura King and David Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Taliban insurgents shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter early Saturday, killing 31 American troops and seven Afghans aboard, U.S. and Afghan officials said. It was the war's greatest single-incident loss of military lives. The casualties included members of SEAL Team Six, the special operations unit that carried out the raid in Pakistan this spring that killed Osama bin Laden, but none of the elite unit's members on the raid against the Al Qaeda leader were on the helicopter that went down, according to a person briefed on the casualties.
WORLD
June 30, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Reports that France has been secretly supplying weapons to Libyan rebels engaged in daily battles with Moammar Kadafi's forces in the Nafusa Mountains stunned the world. It also surprised the overall commander of the rebel forces, who said Thursday that his men had never received any such weapons. "Whoever gave us these arms should come here and tell us where he put them," said Col. Mokhtar Milad Fernana. Although the front in eastern Libya has grounded to a stalemate, rebels in the mountainous region in the west appear to be gaining momentum in their fight against Kadafi, as they regularly capture towns and villages that were under his control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Army Sgt. Michael David P. Cardenaz was a larger-than-life figure, those who knew him say. A bald, bull of a guy, Cardenaz told a Colorado reporter in 2009 that he was an "old-school" soldier. By then, he said, he had twice been hit by shrapnel, and had survived what he described as dozens of close calls with improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades. And a fellow soldier had died in his arms, he said. Cardenaz was awarded numerous medals and commendations for his military service, including a Bronze Star.
WORLD
June 7, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Afghanistan's top law enforcement official and its intelligence chief stepped down Sunday, taking the blame for last week's attack by Taliban insurgents on a national peace assembly as President Hamid Karzai addressed the gathering. The resignations of Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and National Directorate of Security Chief Amrullah Saleh came at a time when Afghanistan, faced with an insurgency that continues to intensify, can ill afford instability in its police and intelligence ranks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2009 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
While he was still in high school, Joshua Hardt took one look at his future wife, Olivia, and told friends that some day he would be with her. " 'One day, I'll even marry her,' " she said he told her that he had bragged to his friends. "Joshua knew what he wanted and went for it." So after Hardt finished high school, he decided to enlist in the Army as a way to provide for his future family, Olivia Hardt said. The two were married in April 2007. On Oct. 3, Army Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24, a cavalry scout, was among eight soldiers killed when hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked two remote U.S. outposts in the Kamdesh district of eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, on the Pakistani border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
When he was in kindergarten, he would answer only to the name John Wayne. After high school, he battled wildfires in the rugged mountains of Northern California. And as an elite Navy SEAL, he went on nighttime raids in Afghanistan, missions both dangerous and top secret. Equal parts daring, determined and goofy, Jesse Pittman was as renowned for his practical jokes — often elaborate and largely unprintable — as he was for his bravery and discipline. Pittman, who spent most of his life in the small Mendocino County town of Willits , died Aug. 6 in Taliban territory when the Chinook helicopter that carried him and 29 other American troops was shot down.
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