February 5th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

U.S. brigadier general dies in Afghanistan

U.S. Brig. Gen. Terence Hildner died in Kabul of apparent natural causes, officials said, making him one of the highest ranking officers to die in Afghanistan.

He was 49.

Hildner, who was commander of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas, was in Afghanistan to support the NATO training mission.

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"The unfortunate and untimely death of Brigadier General Hildner was a shock to our unit and Families," Col. Knowles Atchison, 13th ESC rear commander, said in a statement posted on the Foot Hood website. "Both forward deployed elements and we at home station are deeply saddened by this loss. We will all pull together through this difficult period and care for one another."

The circumstances surrounding his death.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
February 5th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Egypt to press charges in NGO crackdown

Forty-three people, including 19 Americans, face prosecution in an Egyptian criminal court on charges of illegal foreign funding as part of an ongoing crackdown on nongovernmental organizations, a prosecution spokesman said Sunday.

The crackdown has been a source of tension between the American government and the military-run Egyptian government. Last week, members of Congress threatened to stop U.S. military aid over the issue. The American military, which has a strong relationship with their Egytian counterparts has been frustrated by the lack of responsiveness to U.S. concerns about the crackdown, a defense official told Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence.

Those referred to court also include five Serbs, two Germans and three Arabs, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor. The remaining people are Egyptian, he said.

The defendants include Sam LaHood, International Republican Institute country director and the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Saeed said.

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Filed under: Congress • Diplomacy • Egypt • Middle East