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Russian Soldier Joins Ranks of 'Unexplained Dead'

Russia won't give official confirmation of where many of its soldiers died

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Russian soldier joined the ranks of what Reuters calls the "unexplained dead"—servicemen killed in secret military engagements both inside Russia and beyond its borders. "I'm away on a work trip." Those were the last words—written in a terse note—Fyodor Zhuravlyov... More »

Waterloo's 'Mystery Soldier' Was German Hunchback

Friedrich Brandt fought for the Brits against Napoleon: historian

(Newser) - The first complete skeleton retrieved from the Battle of Waterloo has been identified as a German who wouldn't be allowed in any modern army, the Sunday Times reports via the Independent . The soldier was apparently Friedrich Brandt, 23, who fought 200 years ago in the King’s German Legion... More »

Military Bikers Help Soldier Reclaim Old House

Squatters had taken over his Florida property

(Newser) - A soldier stationed in Hawaii got quite the surprise when told he could move back home to Florida with his wife: Squatters had moved into his house, and refused to leave. What's more, they were ex-convicts with 14 years of prison time between them. "They are criminals,"... More »

Soldier Who Went Missing During Layover Is Found

Matthew Segur has been located in Dallas

(Newser) - A happy but still somewhat vague ending to the story of a missing soldier. After finishing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Matthew Segur, 39, was headed home to Texas via Chicago. His British Airways flight arrived at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, but the flight he was... More »

Vietnam Vet Returns Wounded Buddy's Knife

Loyd Cates kept it sharp after friend hospitalized

(Newser) - When Sgt. Frank Cybulski was wounded by a mine in Vietnam in 1970, he was hospitalized and finally sent home, but his hunting knife remained behind. A friend who was beside him when he was injured collected the tool—and has held onto it ever since, sharpening it periodically. "... More »

3 Arrested in Soldier's Stabbing Death

Tevin Geike killed in Washington

(Newser) - Despite initially suggesting the possibility of a hate crime, police are now saying the stabbing death of a white US soldier was likely not motivated by race. Police say 20-year-old Army specialist Tevin Geike was walking with two fellow soldiers in western Washington when witnesses say a group of five... More »

OJ Bottle Led French Police to Soldier Stabbing Suspect

Suspect is convert to radical Islam

(Newser) - A man accused of stabbing a French soldier in the throat over the weekend has been arrested as part of a terrorism probe—and the AP reports that an orange juice bottle led police to him. The suspect, identified only as Alexandre, is a 22-year-old petty criminal who recently converted... More »

Limbless Soldier Gets Double Arm Transplant

One of just 7 in US history

(Newser) - Following a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a 26-year-old Iraq veteran has become the first US service member to get a double arm transplant. Just seven people in the US have ever successfully gone through the procedure, experts tell the Washington Post ; only 60 worldwide have received arm transplants, says... More »

Another Afghan Soldier Attacks NATO Troops

5 wounded; attacker flees

(Newser) - Five NATO troops were wounded after an Afghan soldier opened fire at a coalition base and then fled, officials revealed today. The attack occurred yesterday afternoon on a small base near a village in Wardak province, the New York Times reports. The wounded service members were all American, according to... More »

Afghanistan Shooting Suspect Had Brain Injury

Soldier also had marital trouble before deployment

(Newser) - The lone US soldier suspected of fatally shooting 16 Afghan civilians in a berserk weekend rampage suffered a traumatic brain injury during a recent tour of war duty, sources tell ABC News . The 38-year-old unidentified Army staff sergeant was treated for traumatic brain injury after some kind of vehicle accident,... More »

Afghans Vow Revenge for Soldier's Killing Spree

Latest tragedy plays into Taliban hands, experts fear

(Newser) - Afghan families are vowing vengeance for loved ones killed when an American soldier apparently went on a rampage, shooting at least 16 civilians dead, including nine children . "All my family is dead," Nazim Shah told the Independent. "We will get revenge on those who killed my family.... More »

Dating Site Swiped Dead Soldier's Picture: Suit

Peter Burks' family suing PlentyofFish.com, True.com

(Newser) - A friend of an Army lieutenant killed in Iraq in 2007 came across something disturbing in December: a picture of the late Peter Burks, in uniform and looking for love online. His picture was featured in ads—with the words, "Military Man Searching for Love" or "Soldiers Want... More »

Last Missing US Soldier in Iraq Identified

Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was kidnapped at gunpoint

(Newser) - The US military has identified the remains of America's last service member missing in Iraq—an Army interpreter who was kidnapped at gunpoint in 2006, the AP reports. Staff Sgt. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie, a native of Iraq who lived in Michigan, had sneaked off base by motorcycle to visit... More »

Decorated Soldier Shot, Paralyzed at Welcome Party

Christopher Sullivan had survived Afghanistan suicide bombing, won Purple Heart

(Newser) - A Purple Heart recipient who survived a suicide bombing last year in Afghanistan came home for the holidays—only to be paralyzed in a shooting at his own welcome-home party, reports KTLA . Christopher Sullivan, 22, was shot late Friday in San Bernardino after a fight broke out over football, and... More »

The Last American Killed in Iraq

David Hickman, 23, was last of some 4,500 to die

(Newser) - On Nov. 14, just a month before the final US troops left Iraq, a 23-year-old soldier lost his life to an improvised explosive device. David Emanuel Hickman was the last American to be killed in a war that cost some 4,500 Americans their lives, the AP reports. With the... More »

Fake Soldiers Scam Facebook Users

Military warns women to beware of impersonators looking for love

(Newser) - Facebook users need to watch out for a shameful scam that appears to be becoming more widespread, military officials warn. Con artists have been using the photos and details of real soldiers to strike up romances with women on the social networking site, the AP reports. The phony soldiers declare... More »

Mental Disorders Rise Sharply Among Soldiers

1 in 9 medical discharges attributed to PTSD, related ailments

(Newser) - News that the Pentagon is making it easier for soldiers to qualify for disability payments because of post-traumatic stress disorder comes at a good time: The number of cases is rising steadily, reports USA Today . Army stats show that the number of soldiers who left the service solely because of... More »

Body of Missing US Soldier Found in Afghan River

Second American is still missing, believed drowned

(Newser) - Military divers have found the body of a US soldier who disappeared last week with a fellow soldier as the two tried to recover airdropped supplies from a river in western Afghanistan. The two Americans, from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, went missing Nov. 4 in Badghis... More »

Gunman Identified as US Army Major

Malik Nadal Hasan, about 40, was being sent to Iraq

(Newser) - The shooter in today's rampage at the Fort Hood Army base has been identified as Major Malik Nadal Hasan. He is described as an Army psychiatrist, 39, who was to be sent to Iraq on Nov. 28, reports ABC . Hasan was reported killed after opening fire at a soldier processing... More »

Gitmo Guard: Why I Embraced Islam

Terry Holdbrooks sympathized with the detainees, and was soon bounced from the army

(Newser) - Terry Holdbrooks didn’t know anything about Islam when he was assigned to guard the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The lone son of junkie parents, raised by his ex-hippie grandparents, he liked hard drinking, hard rock, and tattoos. But once there he became intensely curious about Islam, wondering how the... More »

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