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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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Guantanamo Trial Opens With A Series Of Firsts

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is the first Guantanamo detainee to have his case tried under the Obama administration's revamped rules for military commissions; he could be put to death if found guilty in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The trial is a test of whether a separate military justice system can provide the same impartial justice as a U.S. criminal court.
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Criminals, Militants Align In Pakistan Kidnappings

In Pakistan, kidnapping is said to be part of the culture stretching back generations as a means to settle scores, extract favors or make money. But a series of high-profile, unsolved abductions in Lahore reveal a more sinister turn in the kidnapping enterprise.

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