January 13th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Around the Web: Reaction to the banning of an Islamic group in Britain

A decision by the British government to ban Al-Muhajiroun, a controversial Muslim group that planned to stage an anti-war march through a town that receives British war dead, elicited a range of reactions.

The group's leader, controversial British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary, had threatened to stage a march in the town of Wootton Bassett as a protest against the war in Afghanistan. The group - also known as Islam4UK - has since canceled its plan for the march, Reuters and the BBC reported. FULL POST

January 13th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Photo spotlight: Night drop

In a photo taken through a night-vision lens, U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Jason R. Moore and Pfc. Kurt M. Cahill push a supply bundle away from its parachute to load it onto a truck after an aerial drop in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Moore, a drop zone commander, and Cahill, a logistics embarkation chief, are assigned to the logistics operations section, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

Filed under: Photo Spotlight • Troops
January 13th, 2010
07:18 AM ET

Inside the choppers

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military relies heavily on helicopters, from tiny Kiowas to Blackhawks to Apaches. One of the granddaddies of them all is the CH-53E, or "Sea Stallion." Designed for moving troops or gear, the Sea Stallions are huge, powerful and sometimes fun to hitch a ride on. CNN's Atia Abawi and cameraman Scott Clotworthy recently took a ride for an inside look at the chopper in Afghanistan.