A MiG-21 fighter — a leftover monument from the Soviet era — is the centerpiece of the Aviators Neighborhood in Deveselu, Romania. Now the base has become a U.S. Navy facility that is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe. Gabriel Amza for NPR hide caption

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Zabihuillah Niazi, a 25-year-old nurse, lost an eye and an arm when an American AC-130 gunship shelled the Medecins Sans Frontieres trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015, killing 42 people. Zabihullah Tamanna for NPR hide caption

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Volunteers Who Say 'Bite Me' Are Helping To Win The War Vs. Mosquitoes
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter (left) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, speak at the Pentagon on Friday. They announced that U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader in an airstrike. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan walk away from a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Connelly in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Aug. 13. The U.S. formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of last year. But nearly 10,000 American troops remain in the country and the U.S. frequently carries out air sorties. Fourteen American military personnel have died in Afghanistan this year. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On May 21, an Afghan child is treated at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being injured in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a preliminary hearing in San Antonio last week. He faces a possible court-martial for walking off his base in Afghanistan in 2009. An Army investigation produced a wealth of new information on his motivations. The major general who led the inquiry recommended against a prison sentence. AP hide caption

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The Pentagon's only maximum security prison, at the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, is one of the facilities being considered for placement of Guantanamo prisoners deemed too dangerous to release. Julie Denesha/Getty Images hide caption

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Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On Guantanamo Prisoners
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U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century. Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight
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Alan Oates was exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, while serving in Vietnam in 1968. Decades after returning home, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and because Congress passed the Agent Orange Act, he's able to receive VA benefits. Courtesy of Alan Oates hide caption

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Can The Agent Orange Act Help Veterans Exposed To Mustard Gas?
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Army Cpl. Simranpreet Lamba (center) stands in formation with fellow soldiers before taking the oath of citizenship, prior to his graduation from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2010. He was the first enlisted soldier to be granted a religious accommodation as a Sikh since 1984. Brett Flashnick/AP hide caption

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Why Are Only Three Observant Sikh Men Serving In The U.S. Military?
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Chagossians weep at the grave of their parents on Peros Banos Island April 10, 2006. Fifteen elders are allowed to visit once a year. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Islanders Pushed Out For U.S. Base Hope For End To 40-Year Exile
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Sgt. Courtney White carries her machine gun before a live fire exercise at the Marine base at Twentynine Palms, Calif. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?
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