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Tulsi Gabbard pausing campaign for active duty with National Guard

 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks during a forum on gun safety at the Iowa Events Center on August 10, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate and Iraq War veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said in a statement Monday she's leaving the campaign trail Wednesday for 2 weeks of active-duty training with the National Guard.

"While some people are telling me, 'Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign. Can't you find a way out of it?' That's not what this is about. I look forward to joining my fellow soldiers for a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on counterterrorism and disaster response."

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U.S. Marine Raider killed on mission in Iraq identified by Pentagon

 Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, suffered fatal wounds during combat operations while supporting Iraqi Security Forces.
The late Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Photo: Department of Defense

A U.S. Marine was killed this weekend "after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations" in Iraq, the Defense Department said in a statement Sunday.

Details: The Pentagon identified him as Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado. The Defense Department said before his death Saturday, he was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve — a coalition tasked with fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS, per the Marine Corps Times, which reported on Koppenhafer's achievements in Iraq in 2018.