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White House NOT Releasing Photos - UPDATED

The White House has decided against releasing photos of Usama bin Laden's corpse.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent while conducting a clearing operation in Chaparhar district, Nangarhar province, yesterday.

The operation was conducted to search for a Taliban leader known weapons facilitation and financing attacks. The leader has close associations with the Taliban leader who commands and controls insurgent operations in Nangarhar.

Debate Rages Over UBL Death Photo

Debate is raging in the Obama Administration over whether or not to release a photo of the body of Usama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, who was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs on 1 May.

Coalition forces engage armed individuals in Ghazni

Coalition forces killed one armed individual and detained several others in Gelan district, Ghazni province, yesterday.

An International Security Assistance Force air weapons team observed a group of armed individuals setting up an ambush position and also observed an ISAF mounted patrol travelling in the direction of the ambush position. The air weapons team declared in imminent threat and engaged the ambush position, killing one.

Survivors Call bin Laden’s Death ‘Bittersweet’

When Wendy Duffman first heard that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida’s leader and the mastermind behind 9/11, was dead, she felt a sense of elation, then relief.

Her brother, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Eric Duffman, died four years ago in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan -- a war launched in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks. And as an American Airlines flight attendant in 2001, she lost friends and colleagues on the planes that crashed into the Pentagon and Twin Towers, and onto a field in Pennsylvania.

White House Corrects Information on bin Laden Raid

Osama bin Laden was not armed, but did resist an American military team raiding his compound in Pakistan on May 1, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said May 3.

Initial statements said bin Laden had been armed, and that he used his wife as a shield during the raid that killed him.

The team methodically cleared the one-acre, two-building compound, moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes, Carney said. “They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force,” he added.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained numerous suspected insurgents during a clearing operation in Dahanah-ye Ghori district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The operation was conducted to clear a suspected Taliban safe haven in Ghor Chesma village, which is associated with facilitation activities and cache sites. This area is historically associated with the Taliban district chief in Doshi district.

The security force targeted the area after intelligence sources and tips from citizens indicated insurgent activity in the area.

1st Commando Brigade shows no sign of slowing

The Afghan National Army 1st Commando Brigade, located on Camp Morehead, is a force to be reckoned with on all levels.

In just under four years since the brigade’s creation, its two unique operating forces, the Afghan National Army Commandos and Special Forces, now number more than 8,000 and have worked their way into the hearts and minds of the Afghan population and instilled fear into the insurgent forces they were designed to combat.

NMCSD Sailor Receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

A Sailor assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Branch Health Clinic Marine Corps Recruit Depot received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinction for his actions while deployed in Afghanistan, April 29.

Hospitalman Ernest M. Jimenez was presented the medal with combat distinguishing device by Commander, NMCSD, Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III during an awards ceremony.