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    Col. Christian Cabaniss, shown talking to Marines in Afghanistan, appears in the new documentary 'The Hornet's Nest.' Highroad Media

    'The Hornet's Nest' emphasizes humanity, nobility of war

    Wildly jerky and almost nauseating hand-held camera shots hit the viewer in the early minutes of the film, producing a gut-tensing feeling of running in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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     Senior Airman Marleah Miller/Air Force

    GAO: No way to tell if changes at basic are working

    The Air Force has made dozens of changes to basic military training in an effort to avoid a repeat of the sexual misconduct scandal that shook the military three years ago, but the service has yet to create a system to gauge whether the changes are workin

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  1. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  2. Soldiers use devices to exchange tactical information during a network integration exercise. An app lets soldiers link to networks much like they would link to Wi-Fi on their own phones. Michael McCarthy/Army

    Army's app offerings to expand thanks to faster development tools

    Army-branded mobile applications aren't a new development: Soldiers already can learn how to call in a medevac, get a refresher on social media policy, even study the ins and outs of operating the Patriot missile system, all via app.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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    In this Aug. 14, 2014, photo, the sun sets behind an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in California's Mojave Desert. Corey Dickstein/Savannah Morning News via AP

    Stewart soldiers train in California for next mission

    The sun began to rise over the jagged mountaintops as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter approached the make-shift camp of armored vehicles and tents in a secluded area deep in southern California's Mojave Desert.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  3. Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S.

    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  4. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport on Saturday as he leaves the Egyptian capital. Kerry described Egypt as an 'important partner' during a short stop in Cairo to build support against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski/The Associated Press

    Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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    Former Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, then the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, pays tribute to Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible at Camp Bastion on Sept. 19, 2012. Raible, commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), was killed in action while repealing an enemy attack on Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012. Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo / Marine Corps

    Afghan perpetrator of Bastion attack gets death sentence

    The last surviving perpetrator of the deadly 2012 insurgent attack on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan has been sentenced to death by an Afghan court, though the case remains in review.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  5. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned an audience in Washington on Sept. 10 that removing troops from the country too early could have dire results. Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated Press

    Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short'

    A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  6. An anoynomous Facebook page is believed to be the source of a false report of an active shooter at Camp Pendleton. The Associated Press

    Pendleton investigating Facebook shooter hoax

    Camp Pendleton law enforcement officials are investigating what they are calling an 'active shooter hoax,' which spread via social media Thursday, said base spokesman Jason Johnston.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  7. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments

    The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  8. David Petraeus speaks with moderator Andy Alexander at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, on Sept. 11. Petraeus said Islamic State militants do not have strong local support in Iraq and their strength should not be over-rated. Aaron Ontiveroz / AP

    Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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    Women invited to apply for Ranger School

    The Army is looking for female soldiers who want to volunteer to attend Ranger school.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  9. Veterans Affair Medical Center shooting suspect, Neil Moore, is taken into custody by Dayton police on May 5 in Dayton, Ohio. Chuck Hamlin / The Associated Press

    Suspect in VA hospital shooting pleads guilty

    An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to assault with a dangerous weapon in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded an employee.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  10. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the end of a meeting in Ankara on Friday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab states worry about U.S. plan against militants

    The United States has made headway in winning international support to confront the Islamic State, but Arab countries have been reluctant to make specific commitments of help and remain worried about the level of American follow-through, analysts say.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  11. President Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/The Associated Press

    White House: New U.S. mission a war as with al-Qaida

    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  12. In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting Friday in Ankara, Turkey. AP

    U.S., Turkey mull strategy against Islamic militants

    The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide coalition destroy the insurgent threat.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  13. U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war against Isalmic State that President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander said. AFP

    Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, senior Air Force officer says

    U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA Today.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  14. Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, left, testifies Aug. 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Assistant Inspector General John Daigh is at right. AP

    Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control

    A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  15. From left to right: Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark; retired Army Gen. David Petraeus; retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey; and retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry at the Sept. 8 premiere of 'American War Generals' in Washington, D.C. Ralph Alswang/National Geographic Channel

    'American War Generals,' sobering documentary on Iraq, airs tonight

    As the U.S. escalates its campaign against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, a new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  16. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Serices Committee, generally supports President Obama's new strategy for dealing with the Islamic State, but said more U.S. ground troops likely will be needed for that mission. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Congress expected to approve Obama's new ISIL strategy

    In between Sept. 11 remembrance speeches, lawmakers on Thursday promised quick action on the latest threat to American security: Islamic militants in the Middle East with familiar anti-Western rhetoric and brutal acts of violence.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  17. In this July 22, 2012 file photo, Gen. John Allen gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. US officials say that Allen will serve as coordinator for the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play. Musadeq Sadeq/The Associated Press

    Former Afghanistan commander John Allen to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will play, U.S.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
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    Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker poses with his son in the same uniform he wore when security personnel at his daughter's high school denied him entry. Courtesy of Rachel Ferhadson

    Army officer in uniform denied entry to child's school; supe apologizes

    A security guard stopped an active-duty Army lieutenant colonel from entering his daughter's Detroit-area high school Tuesday, saying those in military uniform weren't permitted inside.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  18. 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. A Marine hearing officer has recommended a court martial for him. AP / Dylan Moore

    Court-martial eyed in Marine desertion case

    A Marine hearing officer has recommended a court martial for a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago and later winding up in Lebanon for eight years, a defense lawyer said Friday.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. Army Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division presents Texas Rangers interim bench coach Bobby Jones, right, with a Bronze Star for his Vietnam service during a pregame ceremony before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sept. 11 in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez / AP

    Texas Rangers coach Bobby Jones presented with Bronze Star at game

    Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones heard fans cheering Thursday night, rather than the repeated boom of a 105-millimeter howitzer.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
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