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Manning sues FBI over access to records in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea ManningImprisoned national-security leaker Chelsea Manning is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to files compiled during the agency's inquiry into her release of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Lawyers representing the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning filed the lawsuit last week in the U.S. district court in Washington. The FBI denied Manning's 2014 request to release the records under the Freedom of Information Act, claiming they may be relevant to a pending or prospective law-enforcement proceeding.


US Sgt Bowe Bergdahl 'shouldn't face jail', hearing recommends

Bowe BergdahlA US army hearing has recommended that a sergeant who was held captive by the Taliban and later charged with desertion be spared a prison sentence, lawyers for the soldier said.

The army officer presiding over Sgt Bowe Bergdahl's case also recommended he face a lower-level court martial, according to the lawyers.

The proposal has not been confirmed by the US military.


US abandons failed $500M program to train and equip Syrian rebels

Syrian rebel trainins failingThe Pentagon has abandoned its failed $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels in favor of ramping up support for established and proven forces —including Kurdish fighters — a decision that comes on the heels of the Obama administration's admission that building a force from scratch to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was "a more difficult endeavor than we assumed."

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced the strategic overhaul on Friday, saying in a statement that the U.S. will now “provide equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units” who are “motivated to take back Syrian territory from ISIL.”


12 Dead After U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan

us c-130Twelve people, including five American service members, were killed early Friday when a U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed while taking off from an airport in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said.

The crash happened shortly after midnight local time (3:30 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airport, coalition spokesperson U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said.


U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: U.S. military

Nusra front fightersSyrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled U.S. effort to train local partners to fight Islamic State militants.

The rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, to a suspected Nusra intermediary on Sept. 21-22 in exchange for safe passage, said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, in a statement.


Neller takes over as top Marine as Dunford moves on to chairman of Joint Chiefs

Gen. Joseph DunfordHailed as “a tested warrior and an innovative strategist,” Gen. Robert Neller accepted command of the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday morning during a traditional ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington.

Neller — who was pinned with a fourth star Thursday — became the Corps’ 37th commandant, taking over for Gen. Joseph Dunford, who held the post for less than a year. Dunford will become the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., replacing retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.


U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Child Rape

Dan QuinnIn his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”


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