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Investigation begins into Bergdahl kidnapping

The Army has initiated its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan on or about June 30, 2009. The Army has appointed as the investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, an Army officer with Afghanistan combat experience. The Army says the primary function of its investigation, as in any other investigation, is to ascertain the facts. With that being said, the Army's top priority remains Sgt. Bergdahl's health and reintegration.

Tags: Bowe Bergdahl , Army , investigation , Afghanistan , Kenneth Dahl

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 05:57am EDT

Boko Haram strikes again

The terror group that kidnapped 276 schoolgirls last month gunned down a traditional Muslim emir in an attack on a convoy in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, according to the government in Borno state. The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, was travelling with the Emirs of Uba and Askira to a attend a funeral when the suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on their car in Zhura, a remote community in Borno state.

Tags: Boko Haram , Nigeria , Emir of Gwoza , Emir of Uba , Emir of Askira , terrorism , Zhura

Monday - 06/02/2014, 09:26am EDT

Unrest in Africa growing

The Pentagon says almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. There is trouble in Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Nigeria. The U.S. is using surveillance drones in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Officials say at least one Global Hawk surveillance drone is in use, in addition to manned MC-12 aircraft.

Tags: United States , Africa , unrest , Sudan , Central African Republic , Libya , Nigeria , drones , Global Hawk , MC-12

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:11pm EDT

Drone being used in Nigeria

The Pentagon is using drones to help search in northeastern Nigeria for school girls kidnapped by the terror group Boko Haram, although they will not call them drones. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren explains, "as a general rule we don't discuss our use of unmanned aircraft." He indicates there are security concerns, continuing, "there are sensitivities surrounding where they are based out of." Warren says they are being used to collect intelligence and conduct surveillance.

Tags: Nigeria , Boko Haram , terrorism , DoD , Pentagon , drone , drones , Steve Warren

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 10:32am EDT

US commits dozens to help in Nigerian search

We are getting a clearer picture of how much help the U.S. is giving Nigeria to help in the search for almost 300 school girls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram. The Pentagon says 16 DoD personnel are a part of a government-wide team of 30. The team includes planners and advisers already in Nigeria that have been redirected to assist the government. France, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, as well as representatives of Britain and the EU are all helping in the search.

Tags: Nigeria , terrorism , DoD , EU , France , Benin , Chad , Cameroon , Niger , Boko Haram

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 08:51am EDT