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September 28, 2012
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  • Pentagon restarts joint Afghan-U.S. patrols
    The Pentagon is lifting restrictions on small-unit joint patrols involving Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces after regional commanders conducted security reviews and instituted additional safety measures. U.S. officials suspended joint patrols in light of a spate of insider killings and heightened tensions over an anti-Islam video that sparked protests across the Muslim world. Officials acknowledge that tensions remain higher than they were before joint operations were suspended. The Wall Street Journal (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Persian Gulf anti-mine training exercise draws to a close
    More than 30 countries have been participating in training exercises in the Persian Gulf to prepare for joint responses to security threats in the region. The 12-day mine-hunting exercises have involved sonar, underwater drones, magnetized cables and divers training to identify and neutralize mine threats in the water. Bloomberg (9/26)
  • Afghanistan is worse off now than before surge, data suggest
    By most metrics, the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan failed to accomplish its goal of reducing the Taliban's ability to conduct operations, according to data released by ISAF, the NATO command in Afghanistan. A month-by-month comparison shows that every month so far this year, the number of attacks launched by Taliban insurgents has approached or surpassed the number of attacks each month in 2009. Room blog (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterans' COLAs may not occur on time
    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee did not sign off on a cost-of-living adjustment for veteran compensation before a six-week pre-election break, and as a result the adjustment could be delayed. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More absentee ballots are going out to military personnel
    Sixty-five percent more absentee ballots were sent through the free military mail service in the first three weeks of September than in the same period in 2010, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, absentee ballot requests from some individual states are still low, according to Eric Eversole of the Military Voter Protection Project. For instance, Virginia sent out 41,762 absentee ballots during the 2008 election cycle but has sent out only 12,292 so far this year, Eversole says. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold."
--John Leonard,
American critic

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