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Like Agent Orange before, burn pits sicken new generation of veterans

Military burn pitsD.J. Reyes served as a top Army intelligence officer in combat zones across Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Those were long days, long nights, a lot of stress, a horrible environment," Reyes said. "But I had a mission to do."

When he retired, a doctor found scar tissue on his lungs, evidence of long-term respiratory problems.

Now Reyes is one of nearly 120,000 people who have registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs because of health problems they blame on their exposure to burn pits — the military's crude, low-tech method for disposing of trash in war zones.

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U.S. to demolish isolation cell block at Guantanamo

US to demolish isolation isolation cell in Guantanamo

The U.S. military plans to demolish a now-empty "disciplinary" cell block at Guantanamo Bay that was once used to keep prisoners in solitary confinement for long stretches of time, according to the detention center's commander.

Human rights groups and detainee lawyers had harshly criticized the conditions in the 24-cell building known as Camp Five Echo, the existence of which was kept secret for several years after it was built in 2007.

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Computer virus infects US military drone fleet: report

Military drones hit by virus

A computer virus has reportedly infected the US military drone fleet, Wired.com reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

The military’s Host Based Security System detected the virus two weeks ago, according to the news outlet, which added that it so far has not appeared to affect overseas missions by either interfering with pilots' navigation or leaking classified information.

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Two soldiers die in Fort Jackson 'accident' involving vehicle, troop formation

2 soldiers die in Fort jackson accidentTwo soldiers died in a "tragic accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation" at the U.S. Army's Fort Jackson, S.C., the fort's public affairs office said.

In a release posted to Twitter on Saturday evening, Fort Jackson's public affairs office said six others were injured in the incident, including two suffering critical injuries. They were evacuated to a hospital away from the fort.

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Who are the world's biggest arms companies?

Biggest arms seller countries

The United States has approved a $15bn deal to supply Saudi Arabia with the THAAD missile defence system, one of the most capable systems of its kind in the world.

If Congress does not raise an objection within 30 days, the deal will result in a massive windfall for Lockheed Martin, the world's biggest arms producer.

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Bowe Bergdahl to plead guilty to desertion, misbehavior before the enemy

Bergdahl to plead guilty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Bergdahl is accused of deserting his station in Afghanistan in 2009. He was held captive by armed Taliban militants until his release in 2014.

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3 US troops killed in ambush in Niger

3 US trrrops killed in NigerThree members of the US Special Operations Forces were killed and two others were wounded in southwest Niger near the Mali-Niger border when a joint US-Nigerien patrol was attacked Wednesday, two administration officials told CNN.

The administration officials added that the two wounded US troops had been evacuated to the capital, Niamey, and would soon be moved to Germany. They were described by the officials as being in a "stable condition."
The officials cautioned that this was still an early assessment.
The US troops were part of a team advising and assisting local forces when they were attacked.

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