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Soviet Soldiers Boiled Their Ammunition While Serving in Afghanistan

by Nikolay Shevchenko During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, there was a widespread army tale. Russian soldiers were often seen boiling their ammo for hours in a pot over an open fire. Tales of this widespread practice strike many contemporaries as something inexplicable, but there was a logic behind this …

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First Hostages Released by Hamas; Swap Is Underway

Hostages released by Hamas are currently with Israeli Special Forces and ISA Forces (Shin Bet), the Israel Defense Forces said today. “The released hostages underwent an initial medical assessment inside Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement sent via WhatsApp. “They will continue to be accompanied by IDF soldiers …

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When American Soldiers Brought Thanksgiving to Luxembourg in World War II

When American forces liberated the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from Germany in September 1944, the GIs found an unexpected home away from home. Thousands remained in Luxembourg to rest, and restore their morale – and in the process, brought decades of Thanksgiving to their newfound friends. It all started in …

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Israel and Hamas Agree to First Phase of Hostage Deal

The Israeli cabinet accepted a deal for a temporary cease-fire with Hamas that would involve the release of 50 hostages being held by the terrorist organization inside Gaza. The hostages would be exchanged for Palestinians who are being held inside Israeli jails.  The deal is considered the first of several phases. …

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Inside Gaza, Palestinians Begin to Lash Out Openly Against Hamas

by Susan Katz Keating Emboldened by desperation, Palestinians inside Gaza have begun to lash out openly against Hamas, risking their lives in order to challenge the draconian regime that has ruled the enclave since 2006. The dissent has occurred throughout the Gaza Strip, according to witnesses. In one instance, thirsty …

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Israel Releases Video of Hamas Weapons Inside Shifa Hospital

Israel on Thursday released images of weapons and tunnel shafts that are located beneath the Shifa Hospital in Gaza. “Today, Hamas’s tunneling infrastructure was exposed inside the hospital,” the Israel Defense Forces said on Nov. 16. “Furthermore, a booby-trapped vehicle that was prepared for the October 7 massacre was discovered …

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On Desperate Ground: Mad Dog Platoon and the Battle of OP Nevada

by Susan Katz Keating The Ninth Situation of War, when you must fight without delay, is Desperate Ground – Sun Tzu “Watson. Wake up. Woods. Everyone. Wake the hell up.” The sentinels raced through the lean-to, alerting the team with urgent news: the Taliban were at the wire. Hours earlier, Sgt. …

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Hamas Loses Control of Northern Gaza, Israel Says

Hamas fighters had lost control of the northern part of the Gaza Strip, prompting tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee south, the Israeli military said early Thursday. “We saw 50,000 Gazans move from the northern Gaza Strip to the south,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a televised briefing. …

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Top Hamas Weapons Czar Killed in IDF Strike, Israel Says

Israeli forces killed a top-ranked Hamas weapons czar, as the military advanced inside Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday. The IDF targeted the weapons chief, Mohsen Abu Zina, as part of a larger effort to strike at the terror group’s senior and tactical leaders. “Abu Zina served as …

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