Gen. Joseph Votel. Photo: Lisa Ferdinando/DoD

TAMPA — A lawsuit reveals the extent of the loss from a fire two years ago that burned the home of the former U.S. Central Command leader and destroyed its contents, including gifts from world leaders and art and antiques collected by his wife.

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Associated Press photo/Jerome Delay.

The commander of U.S. troops in in the Middle East and Southwest Asia cannot say if the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ever end.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trever Statz

The Marine Corps is sending additional troops to Afghanistan in response to a request from Task Force Southwest, a 300-strong contingent of Marines based in Helmand province, according to an Aug. 8 NBC News report.

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U.S. Central Command photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Alan Belser

Depending who you ask, the first military operation authorized by President Donald Trump — a daring ground raid in Yemen that cost the lives of a Navy SEAL and a disputed number of civilians — was either a tragic failure or a laudable success. While the White House has held firmly to the latter assessment, Trump insists that it was his generals, not him, who were ultimately responsible for what transpired in the village of al Ghayil on a moonless night in late January. Now, one of those generals has stepped up to own it.  

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