August 31, 2010

News from the Home Front: 08/31/2010

Canadian killed after Afghan blast told teacher risks were ‘part of the job’ - Brian Pinksen was one of the few students who sat down in high school careers class and knew what he wanted to be. (READ MORE)

U.S. hospital in Germany handles America's Afghan war wounded - Before Marine Cpl. Corey Griggs went on his last patrol in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province, he had a premonition of sorts. (READ MORE)

Utah soldier dies in Afghanistan - Capt. Ellery Ray Wallace survived two tours of duty in Iraq. But when the Utah soldier said goodbye to his wife and four young children this summer before leaving Fort Campbell (Ky.) for deployment to Afghanistan, he felt something he'd never felt before. (READ MORE)

Marine and soldier with Minnesota connections are killed in Afghanistan - Two servicemen with Minnesota ties — a Marine originally from Pine City and an Army soldier who lived in Fergus Falls before moving to Wisconsin — have been killed in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday. (READ MORE)

Suicide bomber hits private security guards - A suicide bomber struck near a base of a security company killing two guards of the company, police said Monday. (READ MORE)

Obama to Address US on Iraq Transition - President Barack Obama will address the American people on Tuesday about the new advisory and training role for the U.S. military in Iraq. (READ MORE)

Obama Must Walk Fine Line In Iraq Speech - President Barack Obama must walk a fine line in a speech on Tuesday night as he highlights progress towards winding down the war in Iraq while trying to avoid any perception of a "Mission Accomplished" moment. (READ MORE)

Rights Groups Sue U.S. on Effort to Kill Cleric - Two human rights organizations went to court on Monday to challenge the Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric now hiding in Yemen. (READ MORE)

Civil liberties groups challenge constitutionality of secret U.S. program to target terror suspects for killing - The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. government's authority to target and kill U.S. citizens outside of war zones when they are suspected of involvement in terrorism. (READ MORE)

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