Teen Reunited with Soldier Who Helped Her Escape from Iraq 18 Years Ago

Meet the Real-Life G.I. Janes Who Served with Special Ops in Afghanistan

Caroline Cleveland, just 23 at the time, remembers vividly the night she thought she’d be killed.

During a raid of a suspected terrorist stronghold in Afghanistan, 1st Lt. Cleveland and her Army Ranger regiment were stealthily picking through narrow alleys toward their target when shots exploded.

“It was an ambush, a firefight with rounds passing all around me,” Cleveland recalls now, four years later, for PEOPLE. “There was a point where I thought, ‘We’re nearly surrounded!’ And that what-if floated into my brain for just a moment.”


Angelina Jolie Launches Center for Women, Peace and Security in London

Angelina Jolie expanded on her humanitarian efforts Tuesday in London, announcing the creation of the Centre on Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics.

Jolie, 39, a special envoy of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, attended the event alongside William Hague, Britain’s First Secretary of State and leader of the House of Commons, PEOPLE confirms.


3 Americans Killed in Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem

A Kansas City rabbi and the grandson of a prominent Jewish leader were among the five people killed in a synagogue attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports that two Palestinians armed with knives and a gun attacked worshipers during their morning prayers, and were subsequently shot and killed by police.


Obama Condemns Islamic State's Killing of U.S. Aid Worker Peter Kassig

President Barack Obama denounced the Islamic State group Sunday after they released a video of a masked militant standing over a severed head it claimed was Peter Kassig, a former U.S. soldier-turned-aid worker who was taken hostage while delivering relief supplies to Syrians caught in that country’s brutal civil war.

Hours later, the White House confirmed Kassig’s death after a review of the video, which also showed the mass beheadings of a dozen Syrian soldiers.


American Woman Held Hostage in Syria

Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.

The woman had been working for several humanitarian aid groups when she was kidnapped.

The U.S. government and the woman’s family requested Tuesday that she not be named out of fear of her safety.


Marine Who Urinated on Taliban Corpses in Afghanistan Dies

The attorney for a retired Marine who pleaded guilty to urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters says the corporal has died in North Carolina.

Attorney Guy Womack said Friday that Cpl. Robert Richards died Wednesday at his home in Jacksonville. Womack says he suspects a change in medicine caused the death. Richards was taking medicine for numerous injuries. He was 28.

Womack says neither foul play nor suicide is suspected.


Remembering Robin Williams: How He Brought Joy to American Troops on USO Tours

Robin Williams brought laughter to even the darkest corners of the world.

Throughout his life, the late actor traveled across the war-torn Middle East with the United Service Organizations, entertaining American troops stationed in Afghanistan, Baghdad and Kuwait.


President Obama Gives Afghanistan War Hero the Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts was 17 years old when he enlisted in the Army and just 22 when, with a tourniquet on his own badly injured right leg, he found himself hurling grenade after grenade to defend his platoon in one of the bloodiest battles of the war with Afghanistan.


The U.S. Government Just Tried to Draft 14,000 Men ... Born in the 1800s

No, the United States isn’t trying to build a military force of centenarians.

It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.”

The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.