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Blast Strikes Military Convoy in Eastern Kenya

A blast struck a paramilitary convoy in eastern Kenya on Friday, seriously wounding three security officers .

The explosion happened just outside the town of Garissa on a road that leads to Kenya's massive Dadaab refugee complex and continues to the Somali border about 150 kilometers away.

Authorities were investigating if a land mine or bomb caused the explosion and who is responsible for the attack.

US, South Korea to Increase Defense Posture Against North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea have pledged to "advance combat readiness capabilities" near the disputed sea border with North Korea, warning against any future aggression by Pyongyang. The warning came as defense leaders of the two military allies met for their annual security consultative meeting.

Speaking at a news conference in Seoul Friday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, said provocations by North Korea similar to a pair of deadly attacks last year will not be tolerated.

Al-Shabab Leader in Somalia Calls for Attacks Against Kenya

An al-Shabab militant leader in Somalia is calling on his followers to carry out huge explosions inside Kenya, in retaliation for Kenyan troops going into Somalia to try and stop the Islamic militants.

Sheikh Muktar Robow says tossing grenades is not enough. He is urging the militants to strike what he calls big painful blows.

Kenya sent forces into Somalia this month in pursuit of al-Shabab, which Kenyan officials blame for the cross-border kidnapping of several foreigners.

Kenya says its troops had their first direct clash with al-Shabab Thursday.

Two Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 11 Militants in Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say two suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed 11 militants linked to a top Taliban commander in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.

The officials said the first strike in the South Waziristan tribal area hit a vehicle and killed Khan Mohammed, deputy leader of a group of militants led by Maulvi Nazir. Mohammed was also Nazir's cousin. The strike also killed Nazir's younger brother, and three other militants.

Hours later, the unmanned aircraft fired missiles into a militant hideout near the North Waziristan town of Mir Ali, killing six men.

Afghan, US operations net 11 enemy kills, 15 detainees, weapons cache

Afghan and coalition forces operations resulted in 11 enemies killed, the detention of 15 suspected individuals and a weapons cache seizure in eastern Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, Oct. 27.

Operation Duke Blitz turns up heat on Haqqanis

Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces worked together in Khowst and Paktya Provinces Oct. 13-21 during Operation Duke Blitz, a mission to push Haqqani network insurgents out of the area.

The large-scale operation, part of an even larger operation, spread across two provinces. It was led by the ANSF and supported by several battalions from the Fort Knox, Ky.,-based 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.

TF Spader performs the heavy lifting

Winning hearts and minds: Shock Trauma Platoon brings relief, relationships to Afghan locals

There is a battle of sorts being won in southern Helmand province. The Marines and sailors at Forward Operating Base Delaram II, and specifically the Shock Trauma Platoon there, take pride in ‘winning’ the hearts and minds of locals.

Convoys prepare to leave Iraq for good

Each day the number of convoys leaving Iraq is growing as Operation New Dawn nears the end of mission.

October has been a busy month as many of the individual military units on Contingency Operating Base Adder are packing up and sending equipment back home as the U.S. military presence in Iraq continues to decline.

More and more convoys of vehicles and equipment are being packed up and shipped out in preparation to exit Iraq, said Staff Sgt. Erick Torres, convoy commander, 233rd Transportation Company, from Phenix City, Ala.