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General’s court-martial comes at critical time

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — It was an illicit and volatile love affair that spanned two war zones and four countries. The married general couldn’t stay away from a captain on his staff. She fell hard for her boss and called him ‘‘Poppa Panda Sexy Pants.’’ The three-year entanglement ended disastrously for both, at a time that could not be worse for the Army.

All the raw and sordid details are spilling out in a military courthouse, where the Army is girding — for only the third time in half a century — to court-martial o ne of its generals.

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