President Barack Obama has declared, repeatedly, that U.S. ground troops will not have a combat mission in his war against the Islamic State. Obama ardently pledged he would not be "dragged" into another Iraq ground war.
The words came from the lips of Sgt. Matthew Tiblow of Hobart, stationed with the Indiana National Guard 76th Infantry in Kuwait in 2008.
The Middle East, always in turmoil, may have been upended in fundamental strategic terms by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, referred to generally by the shorthand label ISIS. The movement seemingly has emerged from nowhere, at least in terms of general public awareness and media attention.
Cpl. Ed Vanek is welcomed back the United States by his mother Cyndi Vanek after landing at Camp Pendleton, California recently.
Cpl. Ed Vanek, right, and his mother Cyndi Vanek, are shown at their home in Schererville. Since learning of Cyndi's Chiari malformation, a rare brain structure disorder,tThe family has learned to have a sense of humor, to live each day fully and to give back to others for the blessings they have.
Cpl. Ed Vanek, right, stands with his mother Cyndi Vanek at their home in Schererville. Since learning of Cyndi's Chiari malformation, a rare brain structure disorder,tThe family has learned to have a sense of humor, to live each day fully and to give back to others for the blessings they have.
Cyndi Vanek, center, greets family and friends during a welcome home reception for her son Cpl. Ed Vanek at the Vanek home in Schererville. For 20 years, Cyndi Vanek, has battled a rare brain structure disorder called Chiari malformation.
Cpl. Ed Vanek, center, is surprised by family and friends at his family's home in Schererville after a limo ride from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
A flag with hands representing all the people in the community praying for Cpl. Ed Vanek during a welcome home reception at the Vanek home in Schererville.
Patriot Guard Riders escort Cpl. Ed Vanek to his family's home in Schererville.
Neighbor and friend Steven Augustine hangs a sign on his house to welcome home Cpl. Ed Vanek before a homecoming at the Vanek home in Schererville.
Neighbors and friends welcome home Cpl. Ed Vanek to his family's home in Schererville.
Cpl. Ed Vanek, center, poses for a photograph with the Patriot Gurad Riders at his family's home in Schererville.
Cpl. Ed Vanek is welcomed home by his second cousin Tony Augun at the Vanek home in Schererville.
VALPARAISO | A number of foreign students spending the winter months in Valparaiso are getting a crash course from Mother Nature in snow.
INDIANAPOLIS | Veterans of the first Persian Gulf war would be honored with a national memorial in Washington, D.C., under a plan announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
DYER | For a Dyer employee of Texas Roadhouse, helping open a restaurant in Kuwait was a dream come true filled with adventure, fun, education and satisfaction.
President Barack Obama announced recently that U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq by year's end.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Krienke gets a hug from his wife, Kaimi, on Saturday afternoon in the gymnasium at St. Bridget School in Hobart, where friends and family gathered to welcome back the sailor after 11 months in Kuwait. "That was the longest 11 months of my life," said Kaimi K…
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