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The Pentagon on Wednesday identified a US soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb near the capital of Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson died while on patrol near Lashkar Gah on Tuesday. "I extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and Sergeant Thompson's fellow service members, as well as gratitude for his selfless and honorable service," said General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed military coup.