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Soldier killed in Niger may have been bound and executed

Sgt. La david Johnson bound and executed in Niger

A US soldier killed during an ambush in Niger was discovered by villagers with his arms bound and a large wound to the back of his head, a report said Friday.

The remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, who died in the Oct. ambush in the African country, suggested that he may have been executed by militants aligned with the Islamic State, according to The Washington Post.

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CIA releases trove of documents from Bin Laden raid

Mike Pompeo releses Bin Lauden documentsThe US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released 470,000 files that were captured during the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he authorised the release of the massive trove of documents in the interests of "transparency" and "to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda and its former leader."

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NATO helicopter crash kills U.S. service member in Afghanistan

NATO helicopter crash killsA helicopter crash in Afghanistan's Logar province killed one U.S. service member and injured six others, NATO officials said Saturday.

The crash happened Friday evening and was not the result of enemy action, a statement from the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support said.

Six people injured in the crash received medical treatment.

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Niger Attack Was Likely a Set-Up by Terrorists, Say Officials

General Dunford briefs reporters about Niger ambushAn emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates, three U.S. officials who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News.

The group of American Green Berets and support soldiers had requested a meeting with elders of a village that was seen as supportive of the Islamic State, and they attended the meeting at around 11 a.m. local time Oct. 4, after a long night of patrolling, the officials said. Such meetings are a routine part of the Green Beret mission, but it wasn't clear whether this meeting was part of the unit's plan.

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U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 50 more civilians in Iraq, Syria

Civilian casualties by US troops continueThe U.S. led coalition fighting Islamic State militants on Friday confirmed that another 50 civilians had been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising the total number of civilians it has killed to 735 since the conflict began in 2014.

The coalition said in a statement that during August, it had assessed 185 reports of civilian casualties and found that the additional 50 deaths occurred in 14 incidents that it deemed were credible.

The coalition, battling to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, says it goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties.

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U.S. to send additional troops to Afghanistan

new Afghan troops sentDefense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that the Pentagon is dispatching additional troops to Afghanistan, where U.S.-backed security forces are stalemated in a war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

Mattis declined to specify how many additional troops would be heading there, but the top coalition commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, has said a few thousand additional troops would be required.

Currently about 11,000 U.S. forces are in Afghanistan in addition to several thousand troops from coalition partner countries.

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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war at record high, says UN

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan riseThe number of civilian deaths in the Afghan war has reached a record high, continuing an almost unbroken trend of nearly a decade of rising casualties.

The number of deaths of women and children grew especially fast, primarily due to the Taliban’s use of homemade bombs, which caused 40% of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2017, according to UN figures released on Monday.

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