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Marine Corps Jungle Medicine Course: ‘The Light in a Dark Time’

Instructors at the Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center teach Navy corpsmen to be “the light in a dark time.” Here’s a look at the 10-day medical course that trains military personnel in survival skills, casualty evacuation techniques, and awareness of dangerous species in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps …

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The Soviets Used a Thermonuclear Bomb to Extinguish a Hellish Fire That Raged for Years

After the Soviets discovered huge reserves of natural gas in Uzbekistan, this part of the USSR became the main gas producing region in the country. But things went wrong, and one of its key gas fields turned into a man-made disaster of unimaginable magnitude. Hellish fire The unprecedented emergency at …

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Captured in the Desert: A Soldier’s Misfortune With the French Foreign Legion in Algeria

The French Foreign Legion these days is more exclusive than it used to be. If there is an Interpol notice against you, for example, you won’t get through the gate. A century ago, however, a man who wanted to escape his past and assume a new identity could disappear into …

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Starved, Stabbed, and Tortured: This British Army Veteran Was Captured by Russians in Ukraine

Shaun Pinner was convicted of being a mercenary and undergoing training to carry out terrorist activities, among other charges. A British Army veteran who went to Ukraine to fight against Russia counts himself lucky to have survived fighting in the war, let alone being held captive by Russian troops. Shaun Pinner …

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A Nuclear Blast Would Bring Hell on Earth: Blinding Light, Searing Heat, and Intense Winds

by Susan Katz Keating Vladimir Putin last year assured listeners that, for the time being, he sees no reason to launch major strikes on Ukraine. The Russian president’s lightly veiled reference to exercising nuclear restraint was akin to the class bully promising not to beat up the other kids – …

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‘I’m Coming’: Father Races to Save Daughter Who Was Bleeding to Death After Being Shot by Hamas

When Neta Portal’s parents divorced six years ago, she stopped speaking to her father. But when Hamas terrorists shot her repeatedly, the 22-year-old turned to the only person she knew would save her life: her estranged father, Shimon Portal. He responded as only a father would. He raced to find …

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With Seconds to Spare, This Soldier Saved a Woman From a Burning Car

By Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry, Massachusetts National Guard STERLING, Mass. – Specialist Ryan Leger finished his drill with Massachusetts National Guard’s 110th Maintenance Company, and his wife picked him up. As they were driving home, they noticed how nice the sunset looked. His wife, Courtney, a photographer, wanted to stop …

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Afghan Soldier Who Was Arrested in Texas While Fleeing Taliban is Granted Asylum

An Afghan soldier who fled the Taliban and trekked through nearly a dozen countries before being arrested at the Texas-Mexico border has been granted asylum, allowing him to remain in the United States, his brother said. READ MORE about Abdul Wasi Safi and his long ordeal. Abdul Wasi Safi, 27, …

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Wounded and Outgunned, ‘Misfit’ B-17 Crew Flew Disabled Aircraft to Accomplish Vital Mission

History-making missions are often best told in photos, so it’s pretty cool to know that photos were the mission of one of the most highly decorated aircrews in U.S. military history. During World War II, there was a crew with the U.S. Army Air Forces 43rd Bomb Group of the …

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