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    Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  1. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. Civilian employee union opposes military cuts

    A union that represents civilian workers at Fort Bragg is asking the congressional delegation to fight potential budget cuts.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. President Obama speaks on Aug. 18 at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    VA backlog grew despite online application program

    The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    A U.S. airstrike against an ISIL Humvee (armored truck) is seen in a screenshot made from video released by CENTCOM. CENTCOM

    New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  5. Gen. Martin Dempsey tours a Vietnamese warship. Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today

    Former enemy Vietnam seeks U.S. help to counter China

    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has served 40 years in the Army, fought in Iraq, traveled the world many times over.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  6. An Aug. 16 airstrike against an ISIL armed truck near Mosul Dam is seen in an image taken from video released by U.S. Central Command. CENTCOM

    CENTCOM releases video of U.S. airstrikes near Iraq's Mosul Dam

    U.S. Central Command released video on Sunday of American military airstrikes against extremist targets near Mosul Dam in Iraq.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine

    Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, died in 2012. A C-17 Globemaster and a Navy destroyer will be named after late senator, according to reports. Marco Garcia / AP

    Military jet, destroyer to be named after late Sen. Daniel Inouye

    A military cargo jet will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    A police officer on Wednesday watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Senate to review surplus military gear grants to local police

    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress will review Defense Department transfers of unused military equipment to local police to ensure the weaponry is being used 'as intended,' in light of the recent problems in Missouri.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  7. Vietnamese honor guards wait Thursday for the arrival of U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey for talks with Gen. Do Ba Ty, chief of the general staff of the Vietnamese Army, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Tran Van Minh / AP

    Vietnam struts its military stuff for Dempsey

    The Vietnamese military showed an unprecedented amount of leg here Thursday.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
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    Marines patrol through the jungle at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Guam, during an exercise in 2013. Lance Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins / Marine Corps

    DoD submits Guam military buildup plan to Congress

    The Department of Defense has submitted the military buildup master plan, which the U.S. Senate required to lift the freeze on tens to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of annual funding toward building a Marine base on Guam.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13 in Ferguson, Mo. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  8. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, right, presents an American flag to Susan Myers, widow of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, alongside son 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, left, during the Aug. 14 funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery , Va. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Slain Army 2-star buried with honors at Arlington

    Amid military ritual afforded a war casualty of high rank this one the first general officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War Army Maj. Gen. Harold 'Harry' Greene was laid to rest Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  9. Anti-U.S. base protesters in canoe are blocked Thursday by a Japan Coast Guard speed boat in Nago, Okinawa. Japanese officials said buoys are being floated off the southernmost island of Okinawa in one of the first steps in the relocation of an American military base. The buoys define the area where the construction will begin on a facility in coastal Henoko that will house the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which will be relocated from a crowded residential area of Okinawa. AP

    U.S. military takes 1st step in Okinawa relocation

    Workers began placing buoys off Okinawa as part of a long-planned and highly contentious relocation of an American military base, which a U.S. official said Thursday was a critical step toward the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  10. President Obama discusses the situation in Iraq during an Aug. 14 press conference at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    President Obama said Thursday the humanitarian crisis atop a barren hill in northern Iraq is over, eliminating the need for a risky U.S. rescue mission. But Iraqis elsewhere face a 'dire' threat from an advancing Islamic army, he said.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty, Vietnamese chief of General Staff of the Army, review an honor guard Aug. 14 before their talks in Hanoi. Tran Van Minh / AP

    Dempsey is first Joint Chiefs chairman to visit Vietnam since 1971

    U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  11. Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria

    Changes to the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder made in 2013 provide flexibility for new PTSD diagnoses in troops, but leave out some who would have been diagnosed with PTSD under the old standards, according to a new study published

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense panels hold up $7M funding shift for Hellfire missiles for now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  12. Military base shelters for young immigrants close

    Officials have closed the three shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children that were set up temporarily on military bases to cope with a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing the border.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    The Army paid tribute in an Aug. 13 memorial ceremony at the Pentagon to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who was killed Aug. 5 in an insider attack while deployed to Afghanistan. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 14. Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller / Army

    Pentagon ceremony recalls Army 2-star killed in Afghanistan

    Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the first general officer to be killed on the battlefield since the Vietnam War, was remembered Wednesday as a leader, scholar and family man who cared deeply about soldiers.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Regina Dugan Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

    IG: Former DARPA head promoted own company, violating rules

    A former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency used her influential position to help shine a spotlight on a high-tech research company that she created, actions that the Defense Department Inspector General says violated ethics rules.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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