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Afghan National Army Rocks Desert in First Artillery Shoot

Video by 2nd Marine Division

Wolf controversy won't go away

Howling mad: Idaho wolf hunt a preview for Washingtonians

Shane Richards and his neighbor, Rene Anderson are caught in the middle of what has become a political war zone over wolves and wolf hunting in Idaho, and they have seen the problem with predators up close and personal.


Article by Dave Workman

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills Senior Haqqani Militant

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed a senior member of the Haqqani network militant group.

Thursday's attack in North Waziristan reportedly killed Jalil Haqqani, a logistics coordinator for the al-Qaida-linked group. At least three other militants also were killed when the unmanned aircraft fired missiles at a compound in the Dande Darpa Khel village near the region's main town, Miran Shah.

Saudis: Iran Sought 'Murder, Mayhem'

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of seeking international influence through "murder and mayhem," after the U.S. revealed an alleged plot by elements of the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Thursday while on a trip to Austria that Saudi Arabia is working on a "measured response." He said his country would "not bow" to Iranian pressure and would hold Tehran accountable for any action taken against Saudi Arabia.

Cameroon's Presidential Vote Tally Challenged

Leaders of Cameroon's Social Democratic Front (SDF) want results from Sunday's presidential election annulled on account of widespread irregularities and what they describe as fraud.

The results are also being challenged by members of the opposition Manidem party, but President Paul Biya appears set to extend his 29 years in office anyway.

Biya, who has ruled Cameroon since 1982, eliminated constitutionally mandated term limits in 2008 so he could run for re-election this year, a move that sparked street protests in which at least 40 people were killed.

USS Cole Remembers 'Hero Sailors' Lost During 2000 Attack

Seventeen Sailors killed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) when it was attacked by terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden 11 years ago on this date were honored in a ceremony Oct. 12, 2011.

A different fight in Helmand at Fiddlers Green

The Marines of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are always on call. At any moment coalition units in the area could call for fire support, and the artillerymen must be ready day and night.

“We get fire missions at any time,” said Cleveland native Staff Sgt. Dawud Hakim, a platoon sergeant with Charlie Battery, 1/12. “You stop everything. There is nothing more important than a fire mission. Whatever you are doing, it’s going to stop. You’re in the (bathroom), everything stops; eating chow, you just drop everything and move.”

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Musa Qal’ah district, Helmand province, yesterday.

The leader places mines throughout the region and uses military uniforms to conduct ambush attacks against Afghan forces.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan: