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  1. Illinois Army National Guard provide covering fire for their fellow soldiers during training in 2012. Some states had been forced to cancel training due to budget shortfalls earlier this month. Jesse Houk/Army

    National Guard to resume September training

    September weekend drills for Army National Guard soldiers are back on track after a $101 million shortfall forced multiple states to postpone their training.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    France strikes IS depot in Iraq

    Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Odierno: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

    The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  3. Bas-relief inscriptions are displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Glen Doherty died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 12, 2012. Doherty's heirs, led by his mother Barbara Doherty, filed a claim in September 2014 seeking damages from two government agencies, alleging inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and nearby CIA compound. AP

    Family of former SEAL slain in Benghazi may sue

    BOSTON The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment

    A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Italian village honoring pilots of WWII US bomber

    Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Vet aims to clean up bombs in Vietnam

    ATHENS, Ga. Chuck Searcy might one day return to Athens to stay.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Online tools expected to ease absentee voting

    If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldier fires at Islamic State militants near Mosul. JM Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters

    A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott, pictured, and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Soldier sues Florida for discrimination

    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  4. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference Friday in Sydney. Australia stepped up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for 'demonstration executions.' Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  5. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. Retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the Islamic State group, al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. Manuel Balce Ceneta/The Associated Press

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a Sept. 17 ceremony in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. Ryan Mercer / Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

    Newest attack sub named for Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison / Army

    Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks with reporters on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., is at the rear. The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels is proving a tough sell with some Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Congress. Wariness of the plan crossed party lines in a House vote on Wednesday. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

    The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera on the first of what he says will be a series of lecture-like 'programs' in which he says he will reveal 'the truth' about the Islamic State group. The Arabic subtitle reads 'I am a prisoner and that is something I will not deny.' AP

    British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Nevada congressman promoted to 1-star in Army Reserve

    Nevada congressman Joe Heck's promotion to one-star general now has the blessing of the U.S. Senate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

    A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, acknowledges lawmakers' applause on Sept. 18 after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

    The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday/ Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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