Prince Harry to return
The Ministry of Defense revealed Monday that 28-year-old Prince Harry is returning from a five-month deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as an Apache helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps. In interviews in Afghanistan, the third in line to the British throne described feeling boredom, frustration and satisfaction during a tour that saw him fire at Taliban fighters on missions in support of ground troops. When asked whether he had killed from the cockpit, he said: “Yea, so lots of people have.” Stationed at Camp Bastion, the prince — known as Capt. Wales — flew scores of missions as a co-pilot gunner, sometimes firing rockets and missiles at Taliban fighters.
U.S. drone kills 3
A U.S. drone airstrike on a vehicle Monday east of Yemen’s capital of Sanaa killed three suspected al-Qaida militants and wounded two others, according to security officials. The airstrike was the third to target al-Qaida militants in the area since Saturday and indicated an uptick in the U.S. battle against the terror group in Yemen.
2 officers die in attack
At least two police officers were killed Monday when five gunmen armed with suicide vests and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police department, setting off a firefight that lasted more than eight hours, Afghan officials said. It was the second brazen assault in less than a week in the capital. The twin strikes against security installations suggest militants are trying to undermine public confidence in the nation’s security forces ahead of the departure of most foreign troops next year.
Strong quake kills 1
A strong, shallow earthquake has rocked parts of western Indonesia, reportedly killing a young girl. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit Aceh province around dawn today. Local media said it was felt strongly in the capital Banda Aceh and surrounding districts.
Compiled from wire reports.