U.S. Army/Cpl. Lane Hiser

The family of one of the Army Special Forces soldiers killed in the 2017 Niger attack, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, will receive the Silver Star award on Wednesday.

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U.S. Army photos

At least one of the suspected attackers that ambushed and killed four American soldiers in Niger in October may be in the custody of the Nigerien military, the Associated Press reports.

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A female sergeant with the British Army’s Special Reconnaissance Regiment is being lauded as the U.K.’s “GI Jane” after reportedly killing at least three Islamic State militants in a town near the Syria-Iraq border after an intelligence mission went awry in September, according to the Daily Star.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Courtney G. White

An infantry Marine’s combat heroism in Iraq is getting an upgrade this afternoon.

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Associated Press photo by Brennan Linsley

In late 2009, President Barack Obama announced a surge of troops in Afghanistan. In the first full year of that operation, 2010, of the nearly 500 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, more than half were from Helmand province. It was the deadliest year of the war for American troops and also the deadliest in year in the province.

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In November 2009, President Barack Obama announced that 30,000 additional U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan. Several thousand Marines were deployed to opium-rich Helmand province where the Taliban-held stronghold of Marjah was to be the proving ground for counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan. On Feb. 13, 2010, Marine and coalition forces launched an all out assault on Marjah. The attack was highly publicized and the city's diehard Taliban defenders had spent the previous month's turning Marjah into a heavily mined and well defended stronghold.

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