November 2, 2010

News from the Home Front: 11/02/2010

Worrying increase in Afghan civilian deaths caused by US-allied forces in 2010 - Internal U.S. military statistics have shown that American and allied forces have failed to reduce the number of civilian fatalities, and the figures rose to 160 in 2010, up from 144 by this time last year. (READ MORE)

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to surprise little sister at school - A Florissant fifth grader got quite a surpirse at school Monday. U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Akeam Ashford showed up at Lusher Elementary to surprise his little sister Amaris Baker. (READ MORE)

Army surpasses targets for recruits despite cutbacks and Afghan war, colonel reveals - THE new head of recruitment for the army in Scotland has revealed the forces have exceeded their targets for new recruits north of the Border this year. (READ MORE)

Sweden to reduce troops in Afghanistan - Sweden plans to reduce its troops in Afghanistan from 2012, according to an agreement reached by the Swedish minority government and the opposition parties on Monday. (READ MORE)

Homecoming for Marine wounded in Afghanistan - A local Marine wounded while serving his nation in Afghanistan was treated to a grand homecoming Monday that began with his arrival to the airport. (READ MORE)

Nokia Siemens to expand network in Afghanistan - Finnish-German telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks, or NSN, said Tuesday it will upgrade and expand a wireless network in Afghanistan, where the number of mobile subscribers has gone from zero to 17 million in eight years. (READ MORE)

Germany wants bigger China role in Afghanistan - Germany called on China on Tuesday to do more to help stabilize Afghanistan in the face of a growing insurgency and worsening violence, but also stressed there was no military role for the Chinese to play. (READ MORE)

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