Deshaun described his father as a selfless soldier who fought to protect millions of people he didn’t know. “I never pictured him dying any other way,” he said. “His life was not taken: It was given, to his country,” he went on. Everyone in the pews rose to deliver a standing ovation. The youngest child, Marcos, 4, did not seem to fully grasp what had befallen his father, his mother said. But on the ride home from Dover last month, he suddenly wailed that his daddy was dead, and gone forever.
The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan's Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts.
IRBIL, Iraq - Several hundred thousand civilians are enduring desperate conditions and facing retribution by Islamic State fighters in western Mosul as Iraqi forces prepare to attack militants who control the city's western half, according to residents and humanitarian groups.