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The U.S. government has been providing non-lethal aid to rebel forces in Syria, and just last month, Secretary of State Kerry said the U.S. was ready to increase that amount of aid to $250M. It is likely that the U.S. will soon be supplying the rebels with body armor, night vision goggles and armored vehicles. In addition to these items, the rebels are asking for weapons and ammunition, drone strikes, and the establishment of no-fly zones.

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On Wednesday December 5th, Dilip Joseph (an American working in Afghanistan) and two of his Afghan colleagues, were abducted by gunmen while returning from a rural medical clinic near the capitol city of Kabul. From there, the group was reportedly taken to an area approximately 50 miles from the Pakistan border.

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In this video I will be speaking with Richard Holdcraft. Richard is the Kern County Coordinator for the Election Integrity Project. The Election Integrity Project originated in California in 2010. Find out how you can get involved and help prevent voter fraud on election day.

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Late last year, Heckler & Koch Defense was awarded a military contract valued at $23 million.

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The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to John A Logan. John Logan was born on February 9th, 1826 in Murphysboro IL. He was a politician, but he also served with great success as an officer during the Civil War. Logan fought at Bull Run, Vicksburg, the Battle of Belmont and was wounded during action at Fort Donelson. For his leadership ability and dedication to duty, Logan was ultimately promoted to Major General in the spring of 1863.

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The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is not a new phenomenon. These destructive implements antedate the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by hundreds of years. Terrorists have long relied on IEDs to further their criminal activities, perpetuate fear and kill those who do not share their ideology. The fuse to the War on Terror was lit when IEDs were flown into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville PA, killing thousands of innocent Americans. And currently in Afghanistan, IEDs kill more U.S. troops than any other weapon.
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As the war in Afghanistan grinds on, our troops are faced with an ever increasing amount of danger, stress and pressure. Many of them are on their third, fourth or even fifth combat deployment. Officially, our commitment runs through the year 2014, and President Obama recently declared that he is holding to his plan which calls for the U.S. and its allies to transition to more of a support role in 2013, before turning over full time security to the Afghans in 2014.
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