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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,207
As of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at least 2,207 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.   read story

VA crackdown leading to firing of 4 top officials
WASHINGTON (AP)—The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.   read story

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,207
As of Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at least 2,207 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.   read story

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with a crisis that one called "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." read story

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Poll: 2 of 3 Americans back strikes in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat the threat from Islamic extremists, yet half also think there's a high risk of a future terrorist attack on American soil, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. read story

Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps
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Afghan president sworn in, paving way for US pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence. read story
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Navy: Fighter jet crashes in western Nevada
FALLON, Nev. (AP) — The Navy says a fighter jet has crashed during a training exercise in western Nevada, and the pilot's condition was not immediately known. read story
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