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Salem-News.com (Mar-15-2014 17:37)

``The So-Called Hearing/Investigation of Extortion 17``

"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood". John Adams

(SALEM) - Crew of Extortion 17 After 2+1/2 long years, the families of 22 SEAL TEAM members, 8 Army Special Ops and National Guard soldiers and 1 loyal dog, finally got the congressional hearing they had been pleading for.

Their son’s Chinook helicopter was shot down in the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan under very suspicious circumstances in Aug 2011. It was the biggest one time loss ever in the history of SEAL Special Operations, and during the entire Middle East war on terror.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-14-2014 12:37)

Friday March 28, 2014 Will be POW Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl`s Twenty Eighth Birthday

Never forget America's POW held by Taliban militants.

(WASHINGTON DC) - POW Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl Friday March 28, 2014 will be POW Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl's twenty eighth birthday. This will be his Fifth UN-Happy Birthday away from his family and friends.

We are planning an Un-Happy Birthday awareness demonstration for POW Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl in New York City outside of the Good Morning America studios located in Times Square on the southeast corner of 44th Street and Broadway.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-14-2014 12:28)

US Commander Urges Patience With Afghanistan

Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said Americans are largely unaware of the coalition accomplishments in Afghanistan that would be squandered by a hasty withdrawal.

(CAPITOL HILL VOA News) - Afghanistan: US forces at air facility near Mazur-e-Sharif The commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan says maintaining a residual military presence in the country is desirable and feasible even if Kabul continues to delay signing a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Dunford revealed sharp differences among lawmakers on the wisdom of continued U.S. military investment in the country.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-11-2014 01:19)

Humanitarian Work Continues for Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award Winner Zahra Mahmoodi

Mahmoodi honored for Spirituality by bridging cultural divide through sports

(LOUISVILLE) - Zahra Mahmoodi Zahra Mahmoodi of Afghanistan recently was honored with the Spirituality Award at the 2013 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, KY, USA for her work toward gender equality in her home country.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created to celebrate the greatness of people around the world who are making differences in the areas of social justice and peace.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-10-2014 02:07)

Congressman Brady Asks Hagel Why SEAL Team Questions Remain Unanswered

What really happened to US Navy SEAL Team 6? Families of the Navy SEAL Team credited with the capture and killing of bin Laden: questions about their son's deaths and the treatment of their remains... still unanswered.

(SALEM) - Charlie and Michael Strange One of the most bizarre and unprecedented events in modern U.S. military history, one that is extremely personal to the families of Navy SEAL Team 6, is unfolding mostly outside the view of the American public.

Navy SEAL Michael Strange is one of 31 American fighting men who lost their lives in Afghanistan on 6th August 2011 after reportedly being shot down by a "lucky shot" by a Taliban militant with a rocket launcher.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-06-2014 12:53)

Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Foreign Policy

With only a month left before Presidential elections, U.S. diplomats have signaled a willingness to finalize the BSA with a new administration in Kabul once Karzai steps down. Nearly all of the 11 candidates have expressed support for the deal.

(KABUL TOLO News) - Afghanistan flag Three of the 11 presidential candidates participated in the third televised TOLOnews debate on Tuesday night, exchanging views on foreign policy ahead of the April vote.

The candidates - Zalmai Rassoul, Ashraf Ghani-Ahmadzai, and Abdullah Abdullah - went head-to-head in heated exchanges during the debate, answering questions for nearly two hours. Moderator Mujahid Kakar first asked the candidates if they accepted the Durand Line, the border separating Afghanistan from Pakistan.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-03-2014 17:55)

Afghans See More Battles Between Gov`t Forces, Taliban in February

The restless Taliban outfit has carried out series of attacks since early February and the deadliest one took place in the eastern Kunar province on Feb. 23.

(KABUL Xinhua) - Afghan National Army soldiers take a break and eat a meal in Kabul. The conflict-ridden Afghanistan has witnessed a rise in Taliban-linked activities and government forces operations to dislodge militants from their hideouts.

They are trying to tighten security across the country before elections slated for April. 5

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Salem-News.com (Feb-28-2014 12:48)

Kerry, Rasmussen Expect Afghan Security Pact After Karzai Leaves

The election is set for April 5.

(WASHINGTON, DC Radio Free Europe/Rad) - John Kerry and Hamid Karzai John Kerry says the next president of Afghanistan will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will provide for U.S. soldiers to remain in the country after this year.

Kerry said in Washington that if it wasn't for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, "we would be on a different track today."

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Salem-News.com (Feb-17-2014 23:45)

Karzai Says U.S. Must Respect Kabul`s Sovereignty

Observers say the Afghan government hopes that the releases can help revive peace talks with the Taliban, who were ousted from power in 2001.

(KABUL Radio Free Europe/Radio Libert) - Hamid Karzai Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the release of prisoners by Afghan authorities considered by the United States to pose a security threat was "of no concern" to Washington.

Earlier on February 13, the Afghan government released 65 detainees, who the U.S. military had said should be tried in Afghan courts.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-10-2014 15:33)

Lamar Advertising and POW Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl

Lamar Advertising helps spread word about American POW.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl has been a POW since June 30, 2009. About two weeks ago I had called Lamar Advertising in York, PA and spoke with Thomas A. Loper, knowing that some other Lamar sales offices throughout the US have been generous enough to donate digital sign board space to help promote the fact that we have a live POW out their that most Americans don't know about.

Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl has been a POW since June 30, 2009.

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