U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal

The Taliban has picked up a devastating new upgrade to its hall-mark tactic: stolen U.S.-supplied Humvees loaded with explosives.

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AP photo by Nish Nalbandian

With the offensive to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul now in its third month, smartphones are everywhere on the battlefield, where the appetite for selfie photos is proving to be irresistible — and problematic.

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U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Middleton

This week, The Los Angeles Times exposed that the Pentagon is in the process of forcing thousands of soldiers to pay back bonuses that the California Army National Guard had mistakenly dispersed to current and former soldiers. The California Guard’s mistake is negligent and the idea that well-deserving soldiers would have to pay for the failure of their leadership mistake is unacceptable. We can only assume this is not the last we’ll hear about this problem. It’s already been suggested that this issue exists in other states. It’s not enough for us to make note of this problem; all of us must act to fix it now before it affects more of us.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones

Editor’s Note: This story by Samantha Masunaga was originally published by the Los Angeles Times (Tribune News Service).

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