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Navy SEAL Killed in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Navy SEAL from Arcata, Calif., has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday night.

The government says Petty Officer 1st-class Kevin Ebbert was killed by gunfire Saturday in Uruzgan province.

Capt. Robert Smith, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Group Two, said, “We have lost a courageous patriot who selflessly answered our nation’s call to defend freedom and protect us from terrorism.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports U.S. and allied military planners are working on plans for a force that would remain in Afghanistan after the 2014 handover to Afghan security forces.  The report quotes senior officials as saying the force would include a small counterterrorism unit of up to 1,000 members that would focus on al Qaeda.  

Final decisions on the exact size of the entire U.S. and NATO presence in Afghanistan after 2014 have not yet been made, but one option calls for approximately 10,000 American troops and several thousand allied troops.

There are currently some 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Pakistan Orders Internal Military Review

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- The Pakistani military has agreed to conduct an internal review, according to a Pakistani government official. This after Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, was found living virtually in the military’s backyard.

Bin Laden was killed during a raid by Navy SEALs in Abbotabad, Pakistan early Monday morning local time, after U.S. intelligence located him living in a massive compound a few thousand feet away from a top Pakistani military academy.

Pakistani officials claim they were not aware that bin Laden was residing in Abbotabad.

U.S. forces were able to fly into Pakistan using helicopters, conduct the raid -- which lasted about 40 minutes -- and exit the country, without encountering any Pakistani military troops. This appears to have left the Pakistan military somewhat embarrassed, and also raises some questions about its air defense system. This has also sent the military’s reputation backwards with the country’s residents.

Some Pakistanis have been taking jabs the military in the form of text messages such as the following:

“Pakistan radar system for sale: $99.99, buy one, get one free.”

“Public Service Message from the Army: Stay Alert. Don’t rely on us.”

“No honking: the army is asleep.”

Others have expressed more serious concerns about the capability of the military to protect the country, fearing that other countries may try to take advantage of the apparently ineffective air defense systems.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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