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Pentagon Report Reveals Confusion Among U.S. Troops Over Afghan Mission

Confusion over Afghanistan role Amid fierce fighting after the Taliban captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last year, U.S. special forces advisers repeatedly asked their commanders how far they were allowed to go to help local troops retake the city.

They got no answer, according to witnesses interviewed in a recently declassified, heavily redacted Pentagon report that lays bare the confusion over rules of engagement governing the mission in Afghanistan.

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Pentagon perpetuates stigma of mental health counseling, study says

Pentagon perpetuates mental health stigmaEven as troop suicides remain at record levels, the Pentagon has failed to persuade servicemembers to seek counseling without fears that they'll damage their careers, a stinging government review concludes.

Despite six major Pentagon or independent studies from 2007 through 2014 that urged action to end the persistent stigma linked to mental health counseling, little has changed, analysts said in the April report by the Government Accountability Office.

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U.S. Navy SEAL killed by Islamic State in Iraq combat

Ashton Carter- A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed by enemy fire on Tuesday after the Islamic State breached a Kurdish Peshmerga position near Mosul amid increased American presence, U.S. defense officials said.

The militant assault occurred "on a Peshmerga position approximately 3 to 5 kilometers [1.8 to 3.1 miles] behind the forward line of troops," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

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Bowe Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules

Bow Bergdahl Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who faces a potential life sentence for desertion while serving in Afghanistan, should have access to classified material to prepare his defense, a military appeals court has ruled.

Legal proceedings against Bergdahl, which had been halted pending a resolution of the classified material issue, can now resume, according to a ruling on Thursday by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals that was made public late on Saturday by Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell.

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West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year history

West Point set for female dean, first in school's 200-year historyPresident Barack Obama has nominated the first female dean at West Point.

Col. Cindy Jebb, who has been the academy's social studies department head, would succeed Brig. Gen. Tim Trainor in the post. The school has not had a female dean in its 216-year history.

"I am honored to have been nominated to serve as the dean of West Point," Jebb said in a news release. "Should Congress confirm my nomination, I will be privileged to lead a team of professionals who are dedicated to academic excellence in support of our mission to graduate leaders of character."

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Pentagon disciplines 16 of its own for Kunduz hospital airstrike

Pentagon disciplines own for hospital hitThe Pentagon has disciplined 16 service members following an airstrike that killed 42 at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan last fall.

A six-month internal investigation of the devastating Oct. 3 incident led to the punishment of a two-star general, the crew of an Air Force AC-130 gunship and Army special forces members, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Airmen at nuke base probed for illegal drug use

Airmen at nuclear base investigated for drugsThe Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

The investigation at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, home of the 90th Missile Wing, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, was announced by Gen. Robin Rand, the four-star commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. The command is responsible for the entire fleet of Minuteman 3 land-based nuclear missiles; one-third of the Minuteman 3 force is operated by the 90th Missile Wing in missile fields in portions of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

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