U.S. Army/Jaerett Engeseth

We already knew that Army Rangers were a unique breed of badass, but performing real-time blood transfusions while under enemy fire on the battlefield takes it to an entirely new level.

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Sgt. Danielle Farber, a medical instructor at the 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute at Fort Indiantown Gap, displays her Ranger tab. (U.S. Army/Brad Rhen)

When asked what Army Ranger School was like, Sgt. Danielle Farber wasn't going to beat around the bush: "It sucks."

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U.S. Soldiers with 75th Ranger Regiment scale the cliffs like Rangers did during Operation Overlord 75 years ago at Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. (U.S. Army/Markus Rauchenberger)

A "contingent" of Army Rangers are deploying to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran, a Defense Department official confirmed to Task & Purpose.

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U.S. Army Rangers resting in the vicinity of Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of "Omaha" Beach landings on "D-Day," June 6, 1944. (Public domain)

Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

For one veteran who fought through the crossfires of German heavy machine guns in the D-Day landings, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of his service and that of his World War II comrades would be "quite meaningful."

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to award the Army Rangers of World War II the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security units backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other rights abuses and should be disbanded, a rights group said on Thursday.

Human Rights Watch said it investigated 14 cases in which CIA-backed Afghan counterinsurgency forces committed serious abuses in Afghanistan between late 2017 and mid-2019.

"They are illustrative of a larger pattern of serious laws-of-war violations — some amounting to war crimes — that extends to all provinces in Afghanistan where these paramilitary forces operate with impunity," the group said in a report.

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A little after 3 p.m. on Thursday a plane landed at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Passengers were asked to wait on board as a sign of respect while a service member's remains were unloaded.

Draped in an American flag, the casket carrying the remains of 20-year-old PFC Austin Stump, an Army Ranger and a 2017 graduate of Manatee High School, was rolled off the plane and into the waiting hands of an Army Honor Guard detail.

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