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The governor of Okinawa has approved controversial plans to relocate a US Marine base to a less populous area – but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the of the Japanese island altogether.

Review of the Year 2009: Afghanistan

Battle-weary, but digging in for a long haul

Lock them up then let them go: strategy for the Afghan surge

Reconciliation is America's new weapon against the Taliban. Kim Sengupta reports from Helmand

Marines launch their first post-surge operation

Operation Cobra's Rage aims to take back the city of Nawzad from the Taliban

Kim Sengupta: Marines give their verdict on Obama's troop surge

A surge in US troops has been welcomed on the front line. Our correspondent hears the reaction

Obama to lay down Afghanistan exit timetable

Barack Obama will tonight confirm that the US is sending 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, to be deployed over six months, a senior administration official has told The Associated Press.

Reality TV crew filmed White House gatecrashers

The couple who gatecrashed a White House state dinner were being filmed by a reality TV show camera crew, the network said today.

Couple boast on Facebook after gatecrashing White House dinner

The US Secret Service launched an urgent investigation into its own security procedures after a couple gatecrashed a glittering White House state dinner for the Indian prime minister and posted the pictures on Facebook.

Bruce Anderson: Why the public are wrong over our mission in Afghanistan

The West will only be seen as a reliable friend if it is also seen as a reliable foe

Shelby Singleton: Record producer who unearthed undiscovered treasures in the vaults of the Sun label

The record producer and label owner Shelby Singleton is associated with several American hits of the 1960s but he will be best remembered for his re-marketing of the Sun Records catalogue in Memphis. He admitted that he had no great musical talent, but he knew what record buyers wanted to hear.

Nine missing after Coastguard and Marine aircraft crash

The US Coast Guard and Navy were searching for as many as nine people off the Southern California coast following a collision between a Coast Guard plane and a Marine Corps helicopter, officials said.

BAE set for fallout from contract loss

Defence contractor also remains unsure over cost of SFO investigation

US marines miss out on home comforts in Helmand

Amid the maze of trenches and dug in positions, mortar barrels poke forth circled by sleeping bags encased in mosquito nets and camouflage ponchos offering shade from the searing heat of the day.

In Afghanistan they held a recount, but not many cared

UN warns of more violence to come after revised presidential election results are announced

Marine 'faked war story'

A so-called war hero who claimed to have been wounded when he dived to shield a buddy from a grenade in Afghanistan is facing a court martial by the US Marines for making the story up.

Iraqi shot after throwing slipper at US patrol

American Marines shot and wounded an Iraqi man in the former flashpoint city of Fallujah believing he was throwing a grenade at them, the US military said today — but local police and witnesses said the object was only the man's slipper.

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