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Commentary: Bin Laden's dead but war isn't over

NPR played an interview with a Marine's wife at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday. She remarked that Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of Navy SEALS was an accomplishment, but that with her husband due to be deployed to war again soon, celebration is muted.

It's not the same as VE or VJ days in World War II.

American troops and their families continue to sacrifice and risk.

Ongoing war tempers the satisfaction Americans feel at the reckoning for bin Laden. Just last month, Alaska counted two more dead among Alaskans and Alaska-based troops.

Maj. David L. Brodeur, 34, executive officer for the 11th Air Force, fighter pilot and father of two, died with eight other Americans in a shooting at Kabul airport by an Afghan air force pilot.

Capt. Charles E. Ridgley, 40, of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was killed with four other Americans when an Afghan soldier, later identified as a Taliban sleeper agent, set off grenades at a forward operating base.

Both men were based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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