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Afghan official: Hundreds fired in insider probe

Sep 5th, 2012 - International News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says hundreds of soldiers have been discharged or detained as part of an investigation into the backgrounds of its military forces after a surge in insider attacks against foreign troops.

The Ministry says many of the troops had been discharged from the military because they had suspect documents, either incomplete or forged. Many Afghans try to join the army or police to secure stable employment.

On Sunday, the deputy commander of the U.S.-led NATO coalition also confirmed that a number of soldiers were suspended but also did not provide a number.

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Coast Guard finishes lower Great Lakes icebreaking

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Federal safety officials see alarming surge in rail shipments of hazardous liquids

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Officials say security tight for Boston Marathon

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Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

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Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

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A rare win for an American in the Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was completed without incident and featured the first U.S. citizen in 31 years to win the event.

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Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, even series at 1-1

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Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

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Updating Nutrition Labels

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