Documentaries about war are often shown through the lens of a civilian reporter attached to a frontline combat unit, and though the stories are frequently profound, there’s something missing: The first-person perspective of those who do the bulk of the fighting, killing, and dying in war.
An upcoming documentary series aims to provide just that.
The Discovery Channel’s “Taking Fire” follows a six-man assault team with the Army’s 101st Airborne on their deployment to a farflung outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in 2010. The footage, shot entirely by the soldiers through a mix of helmet and digital cameras, paints a visceral picture of what a year-long tour in Afghanistan’s deadliest region was like.
President Donald Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter saying he was "sorry to inform" her that her trip to Brussels, Belgium and Afghanistan would be canceled due to the government shutdown, just one day after Pelosi proposed cancelling the State of the Union address for similar reasons.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.