Procession: Hearses carrying the coffins of Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, 39, and Trooper Josh Hammond, 18, pass mourners Wootton Bassett last year. Photo from The Daily Mail
Afghanistan Goes Gaga — The Smoking Gun Meet the soldiers behind the hit viral remake of “Telephone” video. In what may be the most entertaining music video homage ever shot in a war zone, a group of American soldiers stationed at a military base in southwest Afghanistan star in a lip-synced version of Lady Gaga’s hit “Telephone.” The video, which yesterday began to spread online, was filmed recently inside what appears to be a garage at the Forward Operating Base in Farah Province. Posted to YouTube a week ago, the 3:45 production–complete with props, signs, and costumes–features an all-male cast from the 82nd Airborne Division
‘Hundred Killed’ In Chad Clashes — BBC Chad’s government says the army has killed 105 insurgents and beaten back a new attack near the Sudan border, but the rebels have denied the claims. FPRN leader Adoum Yacoub said both sides had lost lives but did not give any details
Vietnam Re-Enacts Fall Of Saigon To Mark 35th Anniversary Of War’s End — USA Today Vietnam today marked the 35th anniversary of the Communist victory in the Vietnam War with a grand military parade through the former Saigon and a re-enactment of North Vietnamese tanks crashing through the gates of the presidential palace. While official speeches touted the liberation of the country, the Associated Press reports, the government basked more in their economic achievements that in the historic military defeat of the United States. Read more ….