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Uganda Sentences 2 For Al-Shabab Bombings

A Ugandan judge has sentenced two men for their part in twin bombings that killed at least 76 people in Kampala last year.

The Somali insurgent group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, which targeted people who had gathered to watch the 2010 World Cup final in July 2010.

On Friday, the judge sentenced Edris Nsubuga to 25 years in prison on terrorism charges. He was spared the death penalty after entering a guilty plea earlier this week.

Muhamoud Mugisha, who also pleaded guilty, received a five-year sentence for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Libya's Anti-Gadhafi Forces Storm Bani Walid, Sirte

Transitional government forces stormed the desert town of Bani Walid and faced fierce resistance from Gadhafi loyalists in the former leader's hometown, Sirte. Witnesses said NATO planes flew over Sirte as rapid gunfire and the explosion of heavy rockets filled the coastal Mediterranean town with smoke.

Reports from Bani Walid tell of heavy gunfire. The Reuters news agency reported that transitional forces retreated from the town center.

Friday's battles marked an expansion of the National Transitional Council's offensive against the few remaining pro-Gadhafi strongholds.

Security Force Assistance Team 4 trains Afghan bodyguards

The four bodyguards arrived armed with the typical Afghan weapon: the AK-47.

Soldiers with Security Force Assistance Team 4, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, trained the Arghandab district governor’s bodyguards to help them become more proficient and accurate with their weapons.

“Because the governor is a strong leader, he is a threat to the enemy and must be protected by men who are confident with their weapons,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Watson of SFAT 4. “The training we set up is to help them become more accurate and comfortable in close range shooting.”

Afghan Uniformed Police closer to becoming Provincial Response Company

Afghan Uniformed Police in the Kandahar Provincial Response Company are taking a high risk operations course taught by the Security Force Assistance Team 2, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

AUP officers must complete an initial four-week course to become qualified to continue PRC training.

“This course prepares the PRC to conduct operations designed to protect the Afghan people from the enemies of Afghanistan,” said Sgt. Preston Haynes, a soldier in SFAT 2.

President Presents Medal of Honor to Marine

President Barack Obama today draped the pale blue ribbon suspending the Medal of Honor around the neck of Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“It’s been said that where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor,” the commander in chief said. “Today we pay tribute to an American who placed himself in the thick of the fight again, and again, and again.”

NATO undeterred by insurgent attacks

The message to insurgents was made clear by a senior official from the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command as he spoke to Pentagon reporters.

"We're not going to abandon Afghanistan," said British army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans, chief of staff for the International Joint Command headquarters. "And even past 2014 there's talk of the strategic partnership [where] we will be giving support to the people of Afghanistan."

"We are going to be here to [2014] and beyond," he added. "We are determined to work toward our goal of ridding Afghanistan of these terrorist sanctuaries."

St. Clair's Campaign of 1791: A Defeat in the Wilderness That Helped Forge Today's U.S. Army

The cold morning of November 4, 1791, found the U.S. Army camped alongside the Wabash River (located in present day Ohio) deep in enemy controlled tribal territory. The Governor of the Northwest Territory, Major General Arthur St. Clair, a veteran general of the American Revolution, commanded an Army of militia, six-month volunteers and regulars. To increase his firepower, St. Clair had an assortment of eight medium- and- light field artillery pieces.

Air-drop sustainment pioneer describes challenges of supporting "fast and furious" light infantry

Light infantry troops are like little birds. They get up into the highest mountains, and they say, "Feed me, feed me," according to one sustainment officer in the 82nd Airborne Division involved in supply-by-air training here Sept. 6-11.

"As a logistician, how do you get the stuff that they need to them when they are in the most inaccessible spot, where there are frequently no roads?" asked Lt. Col. Paul Narowski, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team's 307th Brigade Support Battalion.

"You've got to learn to use the third dimension," he said.

Mighty Shrikes end exercise Habu Fire II

KADENA AIR BASE OKINAWA, Japan — Navy personnel of Strike Fighter Squadron 94 completed their portion of exercise Habu Fire II here Sept. 9.

Habu Fire II was a joint-training exercise where squadrons worked together to perform and improve efficiency in air-to-air operations. Participating squadrons included VFA-94, Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 214 and 18th Fighter Wing.

The month-long training exercise allowed the squadron to learn a different way of completing their mission.