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  House lawmakers scrambled Tuesday to find a budgetary fix to resume death gratuity payments to families of troops killed overseas, the latest surprise side-effect of the week-old government shutdown. Over the weekend, Defense Department officials acknowledged that the shutdown had halted the $100,000 payouts given to fallen troops’ families, usually paid within a few days of their deaths.  At least five U.S. servicemembers have died in Afghanistan since the start of the month. More here    The United States is preparing to announce a decision on assistance to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday, and U.S. officials told CNN military aid will be cut, though not all of it. The announcement comes in the wake of the July coup against President Mohamed Morsy and the turmoil that has followed as recently as this week, one U.S. … Read entire article »

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Better solution than Guantanamo Bay?  Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA “black” sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists aboard U.S. naval vessels.?? That’s the pattern emerging with the recent capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, long-sought for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. Questioning suspected terrorists aboard U.S. warships in international waters is President Barack Obama’s answer to the Bush administration detention policies that candidate Obama promised to end. More here    Department of Veterans Affairs officials are blaming the partial government shutdown for the slight increase in the veterans claims backlog this week, but critics question whether VA leaders are using the political crisis as an excuse. The number of veterans claims pending for more than … Read entire article »

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The Morning Report for 7 Oct. 2013

Monday marks 12 years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, and for a conflict that’s been seemingly forgotten by most Americans who’ve grown weary of war, it seems fitting that the anniversary should be overshadowed by a domestic story: the federal government shutdown. More here   The man whom U.S. Navy SEALs tried to nail in Somalia over the weekend was a Kenyan man who had plotted to attack Kenya’s parliament building and the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, according to a Kenyan government intelligence report. The pre-dawn, seaside SEAL raid on Saturday targeted Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, who is also known as Ikrima, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The U.S. troops are not believed to have captured or killed their target. The official insisted on anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the … Read entire article »

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* Al-Qaida’s leader on Friday marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to “bleed” America financially. In an audio message released two days after the 12th anniversary of the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri said America is not a “mythic power” and that the mujahedeen – Islamic holy warriors – can defeat it with attacks “on its own soil.” Read more here * Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans and wounded 17. The U.S. said its personnel from the mission were safe and that most of them were temporarily relocated … Read entire article »

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* The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly. The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal first reported the lethal aid. Top rebel commander Gen. Salim Idris told NPR on Thursday that rebels had received no such aid from the U.S. The CIA declined to comment. Read more   * The White House on Tuesday … Read entire article »

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The Morning Report: Cuba Remembering the Maine, FAA Moves to Open Drone Sites in U.S.

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The Morning Report: North Korean Nukes, The New Joystick Medal

If 60-seconds of Military Headline News isn’t enough for you, try The Morning Report, raw and unedited news and comment on veteran & military matters by Rick Rogers. Never political, always on point, Rick won’t tell you what to think, but what to think about. He’s covered the military since 1985 across the globe, including extended overseas assignments in South Korea and Japan. He’s also reported from Iraq, Kuwait, Thailand, Turkey, Micronesia, Russia, Ukraine and Singapore. Stateside, he’s covered military and veterans issues in Hampton Roads, Va., and San Diego — the two largest defense hubs in the United States. The Morning Report is an extended segment that puts the issues of the day into context. Listen here … Read entire article »

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