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Bergdahl coming home...Concern about Iraq...Americans evacuated from air base

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 12, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. defense official says Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive tomorrow at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Around the world, leaders are expressing alarm over the situation in Iraq -- where fighters from the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant have captured two key cities and are vowing to take their fight to Baghdad. In Washington, senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering whether to conduct drone missions in Iraq. President Barack Obama is saying only that Iraq will need more help from the United States.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say three planeloads of Americans are being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad to escape potential threats from a fast-moving insurgency. Twelve U.S. personnel who were stationed there were the first to be evacuated. Several hundred American contractors are still waiting to leave. The Americans have been training Iraqi forces to use fighter jets and surveillance drones.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police and soldiers in Afghanistan have set up checkpoints at nearly every intersection in the capital, searching vehicles and frisking drivers as part of a massive security operation. Voters on Saturday will be choosing a new president, but the Taliban are warning voters to stay away from the polls. A recent assassination attempt against one of the two presidential hopefuls has prompted fears of more violence.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton while the former U.S. secretary of state addressed a convention audience in Las Vegas. A lawyer for Alison Ernst told the judge that Ernst wasn't able to understand the charges and assist in her defense. She had been set for trial this month after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and violence against a person.

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