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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Wednesday to reporters in the Capitol about VA reform. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  9. 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) 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 worke

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. 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
  11. The ballistic-missile submarine Wyoming is one of seven subs with female officers. Starting in 2016, these subs will be the first to include female enlisted crew members. MC1 Rex Nelson/Navy

    Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020

    With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service's historic integr

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  12. Pfc. Paul Ieti, with A Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, poses with fans at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He'll sing on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' tonight. Submitted photo via Army

    Pfc. performs on 'America's Got Talent' tonight

    Pfc. Paul Ieti's performance in the first round of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' earned a standing ovation and hugs from three of the show's four celebrity judges a supermodel, a Spice Girl and Howard Stern.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  13. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating th

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  14. The Gereshk Storage and Distribution Center in Helmand province is a cold and dry storage facility designed to store, process and transport produce. The facility has stayed empty since it was completed in May 2013. Army

    Investigation: $3 million Helmand food storage facility never used

    The independent agency responsible for oversight of U.S.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  15. Continuing to deal with results of his injuries, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry decided it was time to retire. Robert D. Ward / Army

    Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry retires today

    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
  16. Army Chief Warrant Officer Milam Jeans speaks with a policeman in Puyallup, Wash. KING

    Alaska soldier's car stuck in Wash. after transport company files for bankruptcy

    Army Chief Warrant Officer Milam Jeans had no problem moving his wife and children from Germany to a new post in Alaska this summer.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  17. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., , speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise

    A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters Jan. 26 in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. Matt Volz / AP

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote Army War College thesis

    Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. 12 indicted in Mississippi Guard recruitment fraud case

    Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in a case alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20. Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  21. Study: Childhood traumas are more common in military members

    Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  22. A Fort Bliss soldiers is seen observing along the border in 2012, as part of 'Operation Nimbus II,' where active-duty soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bliss provided air and ground reconnaissance and surveillance support to the Border Patrol. Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson/Army

    Guardsmen will not patrol border to catch illegal immigrants

    The roughly 1,000 Texas Army and Air National Guard troops being dispatched to the U.S.-Mexico border will not be tasked with apprehending illegal immigrants, said the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  23. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    College's recruiting practices draw congressional fire

    Senators and student veteran leaders are working to dissuade would-be college students from using GI Bill funds to enroll at WyoTech and Heald, criticizing the schools' recent recruiting actions as irresponsible and predatory.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  24. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 25. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs

    While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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