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  1. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jordan and the Air Force 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, wait on the flightline in May 11 at an air base in northern Jordan. Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Air Forces Central

    Mideast countries play major role in Islamic State strikes

    Jordan was compelled to join U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria after the government uncovered a number of militants crossing its border with Iraq, a Jordanian government source told Defense News.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Fighters from the Islamic State group march in Raqqa, Syria, in this undated photo. AP

    Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

    A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group has apparently released a new, chilling message threatening the U.S. and its allies.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Wilbur 'Plum' Plumlee, left, and Jerry 'Bell' Bellamy reminisce about their days in the service during a brief reunion on Aug. 31 in Marion., Ill. The two met in 1951 in boot camp and served together for four years in the U.S. Navy. Mary Thomas Layton / AP

    Veteran buddies reunite after 40 years

    Forty years is probably too long to wait for the next reunion.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Kerry: U.S. looking for help from Turkey against IS

    The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  13. The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  14. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House on Sept. 20 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell presents two medals to James Hayden, earned during the Korean War, including nearly three years in captivity. Army

    POW from Korea finally receives his decorations

    Nearly six years after earning a Silver Star during close combat in Germany at the close of World War II, James Hayden found himself surrounded by Chinese forces in Korea along with about 150 fellow soldiers.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  15. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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