WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Army medic who received the nation’s highest military honor Monday for braving heavy gunfire to save lives in Afghanistan was rejected by the military the first time he tried to enlist. “I can’t believe they rejected you. Boy that was a bad mistake. But they made up for it, right,” President Donald Trump told former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II at a formal White House ceremony where 250 people gathered to laud Shurer for his heroic actions in 2008 in a remote part of Afghanistan. Shurer, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, was a senior medical sergeant in the special forces on April 6, 2008 when his team encountered machine gun and sniper fire and rocket-propelled grenades from militants. Shurer stabilized one soldier, then fought his way through a barrage of bullets and up a mountain to the lead members of the unit. There, he treated and stabilized four more soldiers. Shurer helped evacuate them, carrying and lowering the wounded down … [Read more...] about Trump awards medal soldier for heroic action in Afghanistan
POLITICS 09/30/2018 08:00 am ET The agonizing limbo of a refugee father waiting to rejoin his sick stepson. By Rowaida Abdelaziz and Elise Foley HALEDON, N.J. ― Every night at 11 p.m., after her sons have long gone to bed, Zarmina Noori drags a chair away from her kitchen table and into her youngest son’s bedroom. She places it next to the twin-sized bed where 14-year-old Ahmad sleeps hooked to the machine that helps him breathe. Then she sits down, holds her iPhone in one hand and a cup of black tea in the other, and waits for the phone to ring. Noori hasn’t gotten a full night’s sleep in years. Ahmad suffers from spina bifida, a neural birth defect that often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. He has hydrocephalus, or extra fluid in and around the brain, and neuromuscular dystrophy, the progressive loss of muscle mass. He can’t speak or see properly and requires 24-hour care. A home nurse takes care of Ahmad during the … [Read more...] about He Risked His Life For Americans In Afghanistan. Trump Won’t Let Him See His Family In Jersey.
WARSAW, Poland -- “Why are we here?” is a basic question that coalition troops in Afghanistan have to answer. The simple question evinces a lot of different answers, said Army Gen. Austin S. Miller, the new commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. “Each nation has its own objectives, and then there are NATO objectives,” Miller said prior to the NATO Military Committee meeting here. “So you get a lot of different answers when you speak to the troops. But it all comes down to protecting the citizens at home.” This is easy enough to forget. The events that precipitated military actions in Afghanistan occurred 17 years ago. To put this in perspective, some of the coalition soldiers assigned to Afghanistan were a year old when al-Qaida terrorists killed 3,000 people in America. They have no direct memories of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York, or an aircraft slamming into the Pentagon, or Americans … [Read more...] about Commander Wants Coalition Forces in Afghanistan to Know Why They Fight
Published 12:42 am CDT, Saturday, September 29, 2018 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least two police officers were gunned down by a fellow officer in the country's latest "insider" attack in southern Kandahar province. Aziz Ahmad Azizi, provincial governor's spokesman, says three other police were wounded in the attack late Friday night. The incident took place at a remote police outpost in Raghistan district. Azizi says the attacker, who had joined police around a year ago, was able to flee the area. A police investigation was begun to find out the motive behind this attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. … [Read more...] about 2 police officers killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan
America Tarrant, right, of Indio, held the face of her husband Sargeant Christopher Tarrant after he arrived Wednesday morning at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. He is a soldier with the California National Guard's 756th Transportation Company that returned from Afghanistan. Charlotte Hamilton of Santa Maria held a sign to welcome home her husband, Michael Hamilton from Afghanistan Wednesday morning at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Soldiers of California National Guard's 756th Transportation Company exit the plane as they returned Wednesday morning to Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The soldiers had been on a year deployment in Afghanistan. As members of the Patriot Guard Riders held flags, a plane carrying soldiers of the California National Guard's 756th Transportation Company … [Read more...] about Loved ones welcome troops home from Afghanistan