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Changed By War, Family Relieved By Troop Removals

President Obama's recent decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq has many military families breathing a huge sigh of relief. That's true for Tom and Mary Ward, whose son Sean has spent two Army tours in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. They're thrilled he won't ever be sent back to Iraq, where he was hit by sniper fire in 2005. The Wards are very patriotic, and they're proud of their son's sacrifice. But they say the repeated deployments have taken a big emotional toll on their close-knit family.
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IAEA Review Raises New Questions About Iran

The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has offered its strongest evidence yet that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran condemned the report, and maintains that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.
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USS Cole Attack Suspect Appears In Military Court

The Obama administration's first attempt to try a Guantanamo detainee in a military commission began Wednesday with the arraignment of the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The incident killed 17 servicemen and women in Yemen in 2000. Human rights groups object to trying terrorists in a parallel justice system hundreds of miles off U.S. shores.
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Air Force Mortuary Dumped Remains Of War Dead In Landfill

Air Force officials told The Washington Post that some troops' body parts were incinerated and then taken to the landfill in Virginia. The mortuary said it changed its policy in June 2008 and that now the cremated remains are buried at sea.
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GOP Wants Pentagon Protected From Automatic Cuts

The deadline for a deficit-cutting plan from the supercommittee is just two and a half weeks away. In the meantime, Defense Department officials and their advocates on Capitol Hill are scrambling to find ways to stave off mandatory cuts if the committee doesn't reach an agreement.
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Air Force Admits Losing Remains At Dover Mortuary

The Air Force has disciplined three senior officials for "gross mismanagement" after the mortuary that receives America's war dead lost portions of human remains. Air Force officials have announced the results of a year-long investigation into allegations of improper handling of war remains at the Dover, Del. facility.

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