President Obama has announced that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan through the remainder of his presidency — ending his plans to bring them home. Veterans are divided on the wisdom of the plan.
The US military operated a unique special operations and intelligence gathering operation during the war in Afghanistan. Half the population was essentially off limits to male soldiers. So the Army created "cultural support teams," all female teams that accompanied special operations units, despite a ban on women serving in combat positions. The job cost one female soldier her life. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells her story and that of the cultural support teams in a new book, "Ashley's War."
Yoga's not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about treatment for PTSD in veterans. But from the VA a to the Pentagon, yoga classes are becoming not just commonplace, but in some rehabilitation programs mandatory.
The world reacted in horror when the Taliban blew up a UNESCO Heritage Site, the historic Buddha statues of Afghanistan. Thanks to 3-D light projections, the Buddhas are once again looking out over the Bamiyan Valley.
Saudi Arabia has a problem with terrorism. It's one the largest producers of jihadi fighters around the world. In order to combat that, the country has developed "rehab" centers, that seek to turn would-be jihadis away from their extremist ways.