A classified military report detailing the Army's investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before -- both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan -- and then returned, according to people briefed on it. The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the darkness of night. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Bergdahl intended to permanently desert. The report is said to contain no mention of Bergdahl having left behind a letter in his tent that explicitly said he was deserting and explained his disillusionment.
Did the search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cost the lives of American soldiers? A number of the men who served with him have called him a deserter. Some have gone further, blaming him for the deaths of six to eight soldiers. But a review of casualty reports and contemporaneous military logs from the Afghanistan war shows that the facts surrounding the eight deaths are far murkier than definitive -- even as critics of Sergeant Bergdahl contend that every American combat death in Paktika Province in the months after he disappeared, from July to September 2009, was his fault. read more
KIEV, Ukraine -- Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine's central government and pro-Russia separatists, yet fighting still claimed six lives in restive eastern Ukraine.
Six servicemen were ambushed and killed and eight others wounded Tuesday afternoon outside the town of Kramatorsk, the defense ministry said. The attackers included at least 30 insurgents and were using grenade launchers and automatic weapons, it said in a statement.
Ann Coulter probably didn't see this coming.
The conservative commentator tried to make fun of the Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls -- dedicated to raising awareness of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria -- and tweeted Sunday:
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday morning urged his fellow lawmakers not to use the investigation he is leading into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, to raise money, calling it a subject that "transcends politics."
Minutes earlier, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a fundraising email tied to Gowdy's role leading a select committee to investigate the attacks.