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  1. Shiite militiamen hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured during an operation on Sept. 1 outside Amirli, Iraq. AP

    White House: 350 more troops assigned to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

    President Obama has approved sending roughly 350 more U.S. troops to Iraq, the White House announced on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. Marines embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan, in background, participate in small boat operations. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based 22nd MEU, deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, to remain at its current location in the 5th Fleet area, near the Persian Gulf, until the beginning of October. Seaman Josue Escobosa / Navy

    22nd MEU deployment extension unlikely to change Marines' op-tempo, but much remains in flux

    The 21-day extension of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is unlikely to affect the deployment schedule for other MEUs, Marine officials tell Marine Corps Times.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrives for the fourth day of his trial on July 20, 2012, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Walker was sentenced to 20 years after he was found guilty of rape, sexual assault and other related charges. AP

    Former MTI serving 20 years for sex assaults dies in apparent suicide at Leavenworth

    A former military training instructor who was serving 20 years at Fort Leavenworth for raping, sexually assaulting or having improper contact with 10 former trainees has died of an apparent suicide, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. This image made from video posted on the Internet on Sept. 2 by Islamic State militants purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded. SITE Intelligence Group via AP

    Video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue,

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. Then-Philadelphia Eagle Alejandro Villanueva warms up before a preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 21 in Philadelphia. Cut by the Eagles last month, the former Ranger signed with the Steelers' practice squad. Michael Perez/The Associated Press

    Former Ranger Villanueva signs with Steelers' practice squad

    The former Army Ranger who tried to catch on with the Philadelphia Eagles will move a few hundred miles west and swap sides of the ball.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. Amphibious assault vehicles from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship Bataan during an amphibious training exercise in July. The Bataan ARG's deployment in the 5th Fleet has been extended by three weeks. MCC Tony Sisti/Navy

    Bataan ARG cruise lengthened amid rising threats

    Sailors and Marines aboard the Bataan amphibious ready group have been extended 21 days, the service announced Sunday, a move that will keep the ARG in 5th Fleet while the Obama administration weighs its options for countering the Islamic State militants

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  7. Iraqi security forces in an armored vehicle and a Shiite militiaman take part in an operation outside Amirli, Iraq, on Sept. 1. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by insurgents in a rare victory by government forces. AP

    Islamic State still threat to Mosul Dam, Pentagon says

    After several weeks of U.S. airstrikes, militants with the Islamic State continue to mount offenses against the Mosul Dam and threaten the vital facility that controls water and electricity across northern Iraq.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  8. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is seen with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. While reports have surfaced that some 4,000 troops capable of moving in 48-hours notice will encompass the NRF's rapid-reaction force, the numbers have yet to be set in stone, Breedlove said Aug. 2. NATO

    Breedlove: Size of NATO Response Force still up for debate

    NATO leaders heading to Wales this week will discuss how to best enhance the NATO Response Force.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  9. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand guard on April 30 during a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

    Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  10. A traditional Russian Matryoshka wooden doll depicting President Obama, second from right, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, center, President George W. Bush, second from left, and Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953, far left and right, on a display Sept. 2 in Tallinn, Estonia. Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

    Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous mem

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  11. A P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft flies in its first international air show on Nov. 18 at Dubai 2013. A spate of low-level military confrontations between China and the U.S., the most recent on Aug. 19 involving a Navy P-8 Poseidon, is raising new questions about what is driving China's aggressive posture. The Boeing Co.

    Chinese jet's run-in with P-8 seen as pattern

    When an armed Chinese fighter jet recently buzzed a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over international waters in the South China Sea, it was just the latest in a series of low-level confrontations between the two militaries.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  12. President Obama formally notified Congress on Aug. 29 that he wants to cap next year's military basic pay raise at 1 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative mandate. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images

    White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015

    The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  13. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a Sept 2 briefing at the Pentagon. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  14. Power exercises, such as the bench press, are important for optimal military performance, researchers have found. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade / Army

    Studies reveal 11 ways to improve Army fitness

    A smaller force means more emphasis on soldiers doing their jobs at optimum levels including the job of staying healthy.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  15. PCU North Dakota goes through sea trials on Aug. 18 in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of its Oct. 25 commissioning. The sub can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces personnel and carry out surveillance. It is the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in a century. AP

    Submarine North Dakota put through sea trials

    The Navy has put the $2.6 billion submarine named North Dakota through tests to determine its seaworthiness and capabilities, ahead of its late-October commissioning.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  16. Court: U.S. can withhold Guantanamo detainee images

    The government can withhold photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo Bay detainee identified as the would-be 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court found Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  17. Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a Sept 2 briefing at the Pentagon. Susan Walsh / AP

    Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  18. Carson soldier dies after being hit by two cars on highway

    A pedestrian who was killed when he tried to cross Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs has been identified as a 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  19. Doctor injured in stabbing at Memphis VA hospital

    Authorities in Memphis are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a doctor at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  20. Ohio guardsman accused of child sex abuse due in court

    An Ohio National Guard member suspected of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter also is accused of abruptly sending a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatening the children in the family with a similar fate to keep them

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  21. Uruguay: Gitmo prisoner transfer not imminent

    A plan to resettle six men held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo in Uruguay is still being negotiated and is unlikely to occur before upcoming elections in the South American country, an official said Monday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  22. Illinois school honors Marine killed in jet crash

    A central Illinois high school has opened a memorial garden for one of its graduates who was killed in a fighter jet crash during a U.S. Navy training exercise.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  23. Fort Carson soldier struck, killed crossing highway

    A 23-year-old specialist based at Fort Carson, Colorado, died early Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles while attempting to cross an interstate highway on foot, police and base officials confirmed.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  24. Air National Guard members gather outside a Delaware Air National Guard C-130 as they prepare to leave for Germany for a training mission with European armed forces on Saturday. Kyle Grantham/The News Journal

    Clock ticking on Delaware Air Guard's aging C-130s

    Two C-130 cargo airplanes lifted off into the summer sky from the New Castle Air National Guard Base early Saturday morning, the 45 airmen aboard bound for Germany and 10 days of hauling Army paratroopers during a large multi-nation training exercise.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  25. Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi and his now-wife, Monica, during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. Quattrocchi was injured while serving in theater and is awaiting back pay. Quattrocchi family

    Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits

    Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi, 31, spends much of his time these days helping wife Monica care for the couple's 4-month-old daughter in a rambling, uninsulated Georgia farmhouse that belongs to his in-laws.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
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