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  1. An armed Sunni militiaman wearing an Iraqi Army patch, left, and a U.S. Army soldier patrol in Samarra on Oct. 6, 2010. Over the past month, militants led by the extremist Islamic State group overpowered the military and the Sahwa, seizing control of most of the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. The jihadis have systematically killed dozens of former Sahwa leaders, forced others to flee and recruited the remaining foot soldiers through intimidation. Maya Alleruzzo / AP file

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80

    Former astronaut Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  2. Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    The Jack Daniels' Lounge opens Friday at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Monica Wood/Fort Sill MWR

    Jack Daniel's lounge opens Friday on Army base

    A handful of Jack Daniel's-branded gathering places draw whiskey drinkers and other patrons in sports arenas, stadiums like Wrigley Field, even in Dubai International Airport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  3. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to conduct test of Norwegian missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army vice chief Campbell confirmed for ISAF post; Votel goes to SOCOM

    The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    A Mexican boy looks at a member of the U.S. Border Patrol standing guard Tuesday on the border between El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images

    Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  4. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He was returned to Lejeune and was about to face the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing when he disappeared again. Dylan Moore/AP

    Marines file charges against corporal suspected of deserting twice

    A Marines suspected of deserting his unit on two occasions has had charges preferred by military authorities.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  5. Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president on July 24. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    Wilbur, a Marine Corps military working dog with a Marine special operations team, takes a break with his handler in 2013 after successfully searching a build site in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau / DoD

    Military working dogs finding their way home

    When Marine Sgt. Deano Miller was preparing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan, he desperately wanted to say goodbye to his best friend.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  6. Florida National Guard recruiter charged with fraud

    A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified sign-up numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  7. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Official: Iraqi request for U.S. airstrikes 'under active consideration'

    The U.S. is still considering a request from the Iraqi government for airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, a senior State Department official told lawmakers.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops

    More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  8. Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee to outline his actions for restoring trust to the beleaguered agency. The Associated Press

    VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering

    Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights on Thursday, casting doubt on the future of a deal.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  9. Damage inflicted where a missile punched, two days before, a gaping hole in the wall of Alexander Litvinenko's ninth-floor apartment, in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels on Monday, according to the mayor's office. Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. Army

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    This Oct. 14, 2011, photo shows Jim Yost, the funeral director of Owens Funeral Home in Champaign, Ill. Authorities say Yost, 69, was killed Tuesday while taking part in a demonstration parachute jump in Frederick, Okla. An Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokesperson said Yost died from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned. Heather Coit/The News-Gazette via AP

    Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma

    A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journa

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    The wreckage of the SS Robert E. Lee rests on the floor at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in this undated photo made available by the Ocean Exploration Trust. The U.S. vessel was sunk by a German submarine during World War II. AP Photo/Ocean Exploration Trust

    Surveys explore U-boat wreckage in Gulf of Mexico

    The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  13. Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. An Iraqi man inspects a destroyed prisoner transport bus Thursday in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad. Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad earlier, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and several soldiers were killed. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people

    Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    Petry

    MoH recipient Petry retires as master sgt.

    One soldier's career: Ranger with eight deployments, lost his hand to a grenade while saving his buddies, pinned with the Medal of Honor, met presidents and celebrities, smiling in dress uniform as grand master at parades and speaker at university commenc

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Incoming Naval Academy superintendent Rear Adm. Ted Carter, left, takes the oath of office administered by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert at a Wednesday ceremony. Carter was promoted to vice admiral for his new post. MC2 Tyler Caswell / Navy

    Naval Academy welcomes new superintendent

    Back in 2010, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations made a $100 bet with then-Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller that he wouldn't survive a second four-year stint back on the yard.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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