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Reports: Former Libyan Leader Gadhafi Dead

Provisional government officials in Libya say former leader Moammar Gadhafi has died after being wounded as he tried to flee from the town of Sirte. The reports have not been independently confirmed.

Earlier Thursday, military leaders in the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gadhafi had been taken into custody. NTC officials said he was badly wounded.

Revolutionary fighters made a final push into Sirte, Thursday, after spending weeks battling well-armed Gadhafi loyalists.

US Officials to Press Pakistan on Confronting Militants

Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus, are due to visit Pakistan to press leaders there on confronting militants in the country's northwest tribal region.

The U.S. delegation for the talks Thursday in Islamabad will also include the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

Somali Forces Clash with al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group.

Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu's Daynile district, one of the few remaining pockets of the Somali capital still controlled by the al-Qaida-linked militants. Somali officials say they are now in control of most parts of the district.

French Woman Kidnapped in Somalia Dies

France's foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped by suspected Somali militants in Kenya earlier this month has died.

French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu said Wednesday that unspecified contacts informed them of her death.

Officials say Dedieu probably died because she was not given her medication for cancer and heart problems, which she was required to take every few hours.

Dedieu was in her mid-60's and used a wheelchair, which the kidnappers did not take with them.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban leader in Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district, Ghazni province.

The leader coordinates with fellow insurgent leaders to plan attacks in the Ghazni province.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

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Troops decorated for actions during Sept. 13 attack

Bullets and explosions struck around troops at the New Kabul Compound on the morning of Sept. 13 soon after they suited up, knowing dangerous new hostile activity was likely given the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The troops, including dozens from the Alabama Army National Guard, took up their assigned positions almost immediately and stayed vigilant throughout the assault. Many did not sleep – staying awake to return fire and ensure supplies of food, water, communications equipment and ammunition were flowing among their ranks.

Iraqi Forces create long range refueling capabilities to enable future operations

The ground vibrated from the powerful engines of more than 20 military vehicles as they rolled through the predawn twilight of Oct. 10. Soldiers from 7th Iraqi Army Division and Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division convoyed for over three hours from Camp Ramadi to an Iraqi Army outpost within aircraft range of the border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. As the sun crested the horizon, the convoy pulled into the outpost operated by the 29th Brigade, 7th IA.

On patrol with New England’s Own

The sound of diesel engines fills the morning air at Patrol Base Boldak. Several Marines rush into a large metal storage container used to store food. They grab a handful of packaged muffins, Pop Tarts, energy drinks and bottles of Gatorade and stuff them into backpacks. They then throw on their body armor and climb into armored vehicles. In a few moments they will drive several miles to a nearby village. There, a long day of foot patrols through irrigated fields and dusty farmland awaits them, but for now – breakfast.