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  • Obama slips into Afghanistan to visit US troops

    May 25, 2014 1:44 PM

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) - President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, after... more »
  • Program Helps Service Members Keep Their Pets

    March 8, 2013 4:26 PM

    Instead of giving up their dogs for good, a foster program is helping service men and women come home to their pets. Staff Sergeant Bethany Morgan-Taylor is back at Fort Polk after serving a tour overseas. Her dogs have been living in Lafayette with a foster parent through a... more »
  • 3,800 British troops leave Afghanistan by 2013

    December 19, 2012 7:51 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that some 3,800 British troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2013. Some 5,000 will remain into 2014, Cameron told lawmakers. The announcement comes after a lengthy video call Tuesday between Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. There... more »
  • NATO: 6 killed in Afghanistan blast were US troops

    July 9, 2012 6:23 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO is confirming that the six troops killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Sunday were Americans. Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, disclosed their nationalities at a briefing on Monday. He said he could not provide other details about the incident... more »
  • Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Will Be Buried in Acadiana

    April 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    A Louisiana soldier, killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 24, will be buried in Acadiana this week. His body is being brought back to Jennings for the funeral and burial services. 37-year-old Captain Aaron Istre joined the Army right out of high school. When his enlistment was over, he... more »
  • New adviser teams key to US exit from Afghanistan

    March 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - Deep in the piney woods of western Louisiana, a mob of Afghans gathers at the gate of what looks like a typical government building in southern Afghanistan. The village is a Hollywood-like mockup called Dara Lam and the Afghans are role players, egged on by... more »
  • Avalanche Buries Village in Northeast Afghanistan

    March 6, 2012 8:48 AM

    Afghan authorities say an avalanche has destroyed a village in northeastern Afghanistan, with scores feared dead. Deputy governor of Badakhshan province Shams Ul Rahman say 37 people have been confirmed dead, but that he expects the toll to rise. The avalanche occurred Sunday night in Darwaz district. He says it... more »
  • About 30 Airmen Deploy for Afghanistan Tour

    December 14, 2011 6:41 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Airmen of the Louisiana National Guard's 236th Combat Communication Squadron, 159th Fighter Wing, will bid farewell to family and friends during a deployment ceremony at the University of Southeastern Louisiana. About 30 airmen, based in Hammond, will deploy Wednesday afternoon for six months to Afghanistan in... more »
  • Lafayette Marine Welcomed Home

    October 2, 2011 11:32 AM

    A special welcome for a United States Marine Saturday. Cullen Crochet returned home from Afghanistan after being deployed for a year. He received a "Combat Meritorious Promotion" while in Afghanistan. Crochet's family lined West Bayou Parkway in Lafayette with American flags to welcome him home. Crochet's grandfather, father,... more »
  • Military hoaxes resurface in Acadiana

    August 27, 2011 8:50 PM

    It was 3:00 AM when Diane Adams received a heart-breaking phone call. "I was devastated because he was my only nephew." Adams says a man with the Red Cross was calling her family about her nephew, Evan Morter. Morter is currently serving with the Air Force, stationed in... more »
  • Military Families Reflect on Lives Lost

    August 8, 2011 12:09 AM

    Sunday in Acadiana, military families reflected on lives lost in Afghanistan. Everyday thousands of troops are constantly training to protect us and our country from any potential threats. In Breaux Bridge, the Louisiana National Guard was doing just that, learning more about decontamination and hazmat situations. "Obviously dirty... more »
  • Harvey airman dies in Afghanistan

    June 28, 2011 7:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Defense says a 33-year-old airman from Louisiana has died in Afghanistan. Defense Department officials said Tuesday that Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Douville, of Harvey, died Sunday as a result of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device on the border of the... more »
  • Acadiana Marine Killed in Afghanistan

    June 9, 2011 8:07 PM

    Acadiana is mourning the loss of a fallen Marine. Twenty-one-year old Corporal Matthew Richard from Iota was killed in Afghanistan. His mother says three marines and a sailor knocked on their door in full dress around 6'oclock Thursday morning to deliver the grim news. His mother says Mathew's... more »
  • Bin Laden Died in House Near Pakistan's Capital

    May 2, 2011 1:44 AM

    ISLAMABAD (AP) - Osama bin Laden was holed up in a two-story house 100 yards from a Pakistani military academy when four helicopters carrying U.S. anti-terror forces swooped in the early morning hours of Monday and killed him. Flames rose Monday from the building that was the apparent target of... more »
  • Landrieu Reacts to Bin Laden Death

    May 2, 2011 12:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., tonight made the following statement about breaking news that the U.S. military has killed and captured terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Sen. Landrieu said: "I am proud of our men and women in uniform for this enormous achievement. This is... more »
  • Obama's Speech on Osama's Death

    May 2, 2011 12:38 AM

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.... more »
  • BREAKING NEWS: Source: Al-Qaida Head Bin Laden Dead

    May 1, 2011 11:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday. President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday... more »
  • Two American Citizens Die In Afghanistan Bombing

    January 28, 2011 12:06 PM

    A U.S. official says initial reports indicate that two American citizens died in a suicide bombing inside a Western-style grocery store in the Afghan capital. At least eight people, including five foreigners, died in the bombing in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. A senior U.S.... more »
  • Soldiers from Texas, Arkansas die in Afghanistan

    January 10, 2011 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Soldiers from Texas and Arkansas have been killed in an improvised bombing in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says both victims were based in Fort Polk, La. DOD on Sunday announced the deaths of 22-year-old Pfc. Ira B. Laningham IV of Zapata, Texas, and 25-year-old Spc. Ethan... more »
  • Fort Polk soldier killed in Afghanistan

    November 29, 2010 10:01 PM

    FORT POLK, La. (AP) - A Fort Polk soldier has died of injuries from a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army says 24-year-old Pvt. Devon J. Harris of Mesquite, Texas, died Saturday in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Harris was a combat engineer with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th... more »
  • Kenner Marine Funeral Set for Wednesday

    September 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    A Kenner Marine Killed in Afghanistan will be buried this week. Sgt. Joseph Bovia, 24, died August 31 in a shootout in Marjah. He had served two tours of duty in Iraq, before volunteering for this latest mission in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd... more »
  • 5 More U.S. Troops Killed Afghanistan

    August 31, 2010 11:58 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Roadside bombs and insurgent fire have claimed the lives of five more U.S. troops in Afghanistan today. NATO says four troops were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, while a fifth died in a battle with insurgents in the country's south. In all, 19... more »
  • Special Mass for Families with Soldiers Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

    August 12, 2010 11:53 AM

    Lending support to families with soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is the goal of a special Mass set for Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Crowley. Prayer and recognition of those serving their country will be offered by Bishop Michael Jarrell who... more »
  • LA Marine Dies in Afghanistan

    July 22, 2010 6:10 PM

    HONOLULU (AP) - The Department of Defense has announced the death of another Hawaii-based Marine in Afghanistan. The DOD said Thursday that 23-year-old Cpl. Joe L. Wrightsman of Jonesboro, La., died Sunday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. Wrightsman was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd... more »
  • Senate Voted Unanimously To Confirm New Commander Of Afghanistan

    June 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    The Senate today voted 99-0 to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The vote was called at 12:28p. Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois was in the chair. It was always a foregone conclusion that Petraeus would be confirmed, but that... more »
  • LA Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    May 30, 2010 3:33 PM

    MINDEN, La. (AP) - Relatives and friends are remembering U.S. Army Spc. Josh Tomlinson as a man who had a sense of purpose, yet loved to smile and have fun. Tomlinson, a 24-year-old from Dubberly, was among five U.S. soldiers killed in a car bombing May 18 in Kabul, Afghanistan.... more »

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