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President Donald Trump has atoned for the sins of his predecessors and given the brave men and women of the United States armed forces their “first” pay raise “in 10 years,” according a Wednesday announcement by the president himself — even though, as Military Times notes, service members have received a salary bump every year for more than three decades.

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Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Trumbull

On Jan. 20, six gunmen armed with AK-47s and grenades stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over the next 14 hours, the assailants waged a fierce battle with Afghan security forces that left 43 people dead, according to local news. It was just one of multiple attacks across the country over the weekend, as U.S.-led forces increase their efforts against an increasingly brazen insurgency. But the Pentagon was scrambling to avert another crisis: rescuing tens of thousands of troops overseas from the threat of missing an NFL conference title game on TV.

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