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    Then Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb answers a question during his press conference on North Korea and East Asia and Pacific affairs issues at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo on April 5, 2012. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP/Getty Images

    Former senator Jim Webb: 'Taking a hard look' at Democratic presidential bid

    Former senator Jim Webb laid out in stark terms the economic and military challenges facing America, saying he is 'seriously looking' at a 2016 presidential campaign as a Democrat.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  1. Workers hoist and lock together pieces of 'Unconditional Surrender,' an 8-meter (25-foot) cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in lip-locked embrace, outside the Caen Memorial on Sept. 23 in Normandy, France. David Vincent / AP

    Sculpture of end-of-WWII kiss lands in Normandy

    A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad AFP

    Syria's Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  3. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Iranian president says U.S. airstrikes in Syria illegal

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    Image from a CENTCOM video showing U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria. CENTCOM/YouTube.com

    Combat footage: U.S. releases video stockpile showing Syria strikes

    U.S. Central Command posted three videos on its YouTube page showing combat footage of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria on Tuesday. A fourth video was also posted showing a KC-135 refueling of U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  4. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

    Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly joined. Richard Drew / AP

    Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

    For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  6. Militants of the Islamic State capture dozens of Iraqi security forces members on June 14 prior to transporting them to an unknown location in the Salaheddin province ahead of executing them. AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

    The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. President Obama is escorted by 89th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Millard, as he transfers to from Marine One to Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Tuesday for a trip to New York and the United Nations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Manuel Balce Ceneta / The Associated Press

    Obama administration creates Korean land mine exception

    Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during his farewell ceremony Tuesday at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Afghanistan's Karzai takes one last swipe at U.S.

    Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take one last swipe at the United States, capping a long-testy relationship with the accusation that America hasn't wanted peace in Afghanistan. The U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fly over Alaska May 26, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / 3 Wing Public Affairs

    U.S. strikes inside Syria target two terror groups

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    The Pentagon is inviting all military women and 20 percent of men to participate in a survey with explicit questions about sexual assault and their workplace environment. Air Force

    Forcewide sexual assault survey underway

    In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of service members saw an innocuous-looking email pop into their official inbox urging their participation in a '

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    The military services are developing specialized recruiting and training policies for the Defense Department's nascent cyber force, a new Pentagon report says. Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr./Air Force

    As cyber force grows, manpower details emerge

    The military will need to expand its force of cyber warriors beyond plans for 6,200 personnel, and the individual services are hammering out the manpower-related details of precisely how to build that force from the ground up, according to a new Pentagon

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. A soldier patrols at the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday in Paris. Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, was abducted in Algeria on Monday by a splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch. The Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, said it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes in Iraq within 24 hours. Christophe Ena / AP

    France won't stop fight in Iraq despite kidnapping

    Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats

    A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries — but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don't have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  11. Jordan Buisman died awaiting an appointment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center KARE 11

    VA records show vet rescheduled appointment after death

    According to official medical records, a former Minnesota Marine apparently contacted the Minneapolis VA from his grave to cancel an existing appointment and reschedule it.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    Neurologic pain signature, a standard map that can be applied to individual people who may be experiencing pain. Tor Wagner/AP

    Report: Some causes of suicide in military need more study

    While the military has poured more money into suicide research than any other sector of American society in recent years, certain targets in dire need of study remain under-funded, according to a RAND Corp. report released Monday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  12. Michelle Monaghan's character faces estrangement from her young son after multiple deployments in 'Fort Bliss.' Entertainment One Films

    For single moms in uniform, 'Fort Bliss' movie shows costs and rewards

    Army Master Sgt. Kerensa Crum wasn't expecting much when she walked into an early screening of 'Fort Bliss,' a new movie about the struggles of a single mom in the military.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Vehicles are stopped by security personal on Sept. 22 as they enter a gate Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers were participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. Steven Senne / AP

    3 missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border

    Three senior Afghan military officers who failed to return to a U.S. training base in Cape Cod have been taken into custody while trying to cross into Canada, according to news reports.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  13. The head of Syrian Coalition (SNC), Syria's main political opposition group, Hadi Bahra, meets with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby on Sept. 8 in Cairo, Egypt. Amr Nabil / AP

    Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria

    The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Thursday called for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, saying urgent action was required 'to avert catastrophe.'

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  14. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, left, D-N.J., talks with ranking member Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on July 29 on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez and Corker say they'll draft a bill in the lame-duck session repealing what they call outdated authorizations for the use of force and replace them with a new one. Susan Walsh / AP

    Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

    President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet as far as Congress is concerned.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  15. Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was previously arrested in Pulaski County, Va., in July. New River Regional Jail

    Prosecutor: White House fence jumper is 'a danger to the president'

    White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez, arrested Saturday with a folding knife in his pocket, had a car packed with more than 800 rounds of ammunition parked a few blocks away, a prosecutor said Monday in federal court.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  16. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    U.S. begins airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

    The U.S. military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  17. Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

    A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Two police officers from Afghanistan allegedly left their group to find a better life in the U.S. were found in the Buffalo area. DEA

    2 missing Afghan police officers found in Buffalo-area

    Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, D.C., area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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