August 17, 2010

News from the Home Front: 08/17/2010

Local Marine killed in Afghanistan - A Marine from Lake County has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced that Staff Sgt. Michael Bock died Friday in combat. (READ MORE)

General Petraeus insists he will not be bound by Obama's Afghan exit date - The US army general, David Petraeus, made clear today that he would not be bound by Barack Obama's promise to start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan by July next year. (READ MORE)

Robert Gates announces plan to step down as US defence secretary next year - The US defence secretary, Robert Gates, who served under George Bush before performing the same job for President Barack Obama, is planning to stand down next year despite the mounting sense of crisis in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Robert Gates Says He'll Leave Pentagon by End of 2011 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that he may leave his job possibly as early as January but certainly by the end of 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine reports. (READ MORE)

US defense chief confirms plans to leave office in 2011 - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Monday plans to leave office next year, saying he first wanted to make sure the start of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan is on track. (READ MORE)

General Stanley McChrystal to lecture at Yale - The former US commander in Afghanistan who was dismissed after speaking to a magazine about his civilian bosses is to teach at a top US university. (READ MORE)

Security contractors charged in Afghanistan killings to be arraigned - Two security contractors charged with fatally shooting two Afghan men after a traffic incident will be arraigned in a Virginia courtroom Tuesday morning. (READ MORE)

Now it's 4th Brigade's time to return to Lewis-McChord - The last local infantry brigade still serving in a war zone is starting to come home. And if the soldiers’ good fortune holds out, they will make it back from Iraq having taken no combat casualties on this deployment. (READ MORE)

Gates exit sparks talk of Hillary Clinton taking over at Pentagon - Speculation in the nation's capital on who will replace Robert Gates at the Pentagon has centered on an intriguing possibility: Hillary Rodham Clinton. (READ MORE)

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