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A Fort Bragg soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday, the Department of Defense announced late Saturday.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Michigan, died in Kunduz Province, which is in northern Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire while on dismounted combat operations, the department said.

The Green Beret was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). This was Cathcart’s fifth deployment with the battalion, known as the Bushmen, to Afghanistan.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Five U.S. service members and one Afghan were killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan on Monday in what could have been a mistaken bombing by their own comrades.

A statement from the international alliance said all five soldiers died on Monday after they and their Afghan counterparts came under attack and requested air support.

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The father of an Ohio soldier who was kidnapped in Iraq ten years ago and later killed has urged an Iraqi judge to fully prosecute the man accused of taking his son’s life.

Keith Maupin, 63, of Cincinnati, took part in a video teleconference from the Pentagon in the case of a man in Iraqi custody, whom U.S. officials say confessed to the killing of Sgt. Matt Maupin.

The 20-year-old soldier was kidnapped when insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms ambushed his fuel convoy near Baghdad in 2004.

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World War II veteran William “Wild Bill” Guarnere

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six U.S. service members were killed Tuesday when a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO officials said.

One person on board the Black Hawk UH-60 was injured and survived, two U.S. defense officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. The aircraft was an Army helicopter from an Army unit, but officials have not yet confirmed the identities nor the service branches of the individuals, a third official said.

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In a storybook setting, a cemetery is a peaceful, quiet place. Trees line stone-edged pathways. The wind whispers through trembling leaves. The grass is always lush and green. It’s the sort of place the living visit to remember, mourn, and remind themselves that their loved ones rest in a better place. It’s the sort of place you might want to spend some time.

Writing at the death of his friend John Keats, the British poet Percy Shelley remarked in the preface to Adonais:

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, American and Afghan officials said. They were the latest casualties in a 12-year conflict that shows no signs of slowing down despite a draw down in foreign forces.

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Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. of Orange County died in combat in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Bannar, 37, was killed Tuesday when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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KABUL, Afghanistan – KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five U.S. service members were killed on Saturday by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the latest deadly attack against international troops since the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive this week.

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