Watch a Taliban sniper target Marine’s head

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UPDATE 2: A portion of the video remains on the WarLeaks channel on YouTube (posted here) and on CBS News and the Guardian. But all of Sam Arnold’s videos were taken down from YouTube by Thursday evening. There are no details at this time as to why.

UPDATE 1: The video has just been taken down on YouTube (Thursday about 5 p.m.) and can no longer be watched. No reason has been given. At this time, there are still three videos posted on YouTube by Sam Arnold. You can see them here.

ORIGINAL POST: A video was posted last month on YouTube of a Marine surviving a shot to the head by a Taliban sniper last year in Helmand Province. The footage was captured on a helmet-cam by a fellow Marine. It is so gripping, that in just a few weeks it has been watched 1.2 million times.

Warning: This video is not bloody, and it does have a happy ending. But it is shocking and may take your breath away. Viewer discretion is advised.

See more videos from Afghanistan posted by Sam Arnold here.

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There were 5,000 WMD left by Saddam, and they wounded U.S. troops in Iraq war

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It turns out that Colin Powell might have been right after all, sort of.

His speech in 2003 at the U.N. declared that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and was concealing efforts to produce more. After all, Saddam had used mustard gas on Iranians during the 1980s war with the Islamic Republic, and dropped poison gas on Kurds, part of a brutal effort to decimate 50,000 to 100,000 in 1988.

But it was thought the United States never found WMD in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Until now. Continue reading

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North Korea seizes American veteran, 85

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An American veteran of the Korean War has been detained while visiting North Korea, his son says. Merrill Newman, 85, is a globetrotter who lives in a retirement complex in Palo Alto, Calif., according to the San Jose Mercury News.

“He’s always wanted to go to North Korea; it’s been a lifelong thing,” his son, Jeffrey Newman tells the Merc. “Like the guys who go back to Normandy, the World War II veterans. These places had profound, powerful impacts on them as young men, and he wanted to see it again.” Continue reading

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When Jimmy comes marching home

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Were you there?

In 1945 when Army Air Corps Col. James Stewart returned to Indiana from combat missions in Europe, the recipient of an Oscar, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal was welcomed by his family, hometown and Life magazine.

To see more of Peter Stackpole’s photos for Life’s Sept. 24, 1945, cover story, go here.

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It’s war: how presidents broke it to the American people

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Congress has declared war 11 times, Buzzfeed says, but not since World War II even though we’ve been involved in several conflicts.

So how have presidents announced military actions? A look back at how FDR, Reagan and the Bushes did it. Click on the name to watch a video of the speech on YouTube.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. .. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

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