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    Fugitive Afghan officers fear death at home

    The three Afghanistan National Army officers who disappeared during a training exercise on Cape Cod before being caught trying to cross into Canada in Niagara Falls, New York, fear they will be killed if sent home.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  1. Despite criticism from some on Capitol Hill, the administration has expressed support for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp / Army

    White House stands by Dempsey after McCain questions general's 'credibility'

    US President Barack Obama is standing by his top military adviser amid sharp criticism from a prominent Republican senator.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. The Army's 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of the 1,400 troops expected to head to Liberia in October. Fort Campbell

    U.S. troops head to Africa for Ebola mission

    About 1,400 soldiers will head to Liberia in October to help support the fight against the Ebola virus that is spreading across West Africa, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. An MV-22B Osprey disembarks Marines Dec. 9, 2013, at Baker runway on Tinian's North Field during Exercise Forager Fury II. The Osprey is integral to the Marines' growing global crisis response duties. Lance Cpl. Antonio Rubio/Marines

    5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

    The Marines' new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  4. A spokesman for Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said on Sept. 29 that the congressman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was not trying to undermine President Obama's military actions in the Middle East by recently urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign 'in a blaze of glory.' Julia Moss / AP

    Calls for brass to resign add to debate over Mideast policy

    Recent calls for the Pentagon's top brass to resign in protest of President Obama's policy toward Iraq and Syria may pack a political punch, but they rest on no actual historical precedent.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  5. Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and U.S. Marines conduct Marine Corps Martial Arts training in 2013. The Marines recently announced plans to establish permanent staging locations in the west African nations of Senegal, Ghana and Gabon. Sgt. Marco Mancha / Marine Corps

    Marines establish three new staging locations in West Africa

    The Corps has established three new staging outposts in Senegal, Ghana and Gabon that will help Marines respond to crises in Africa more quickly.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  6. Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have increased in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling. Getty Images

    ED cases among troops double since 2004

    Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have skyrocketed in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling from 2004 to 2013.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  7. Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was indicted Sept. 30. New River Regional Jail

    White House intruder who eluded Secret Service indicted

    A Texas man who climbed a fence, eluded Secret Service and entered the White House was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for entering a restricted building, carrying a deadly weapon and unlawfully possessing ammunition.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  8. A British RAF tornado fighter jets prepares to land on an airstrip at RAF Akrotiri, Limassol, Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27. The British House of Commons voted by 524 to 43 on Friday to approve combat missions in Iraq in order to halt the advance of Isis militants. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images

    Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

    Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy fighting that ground down to vicious house-to-house combat and close quarters sniping.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  9. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and U.S. ambassador James Cunningham hold their documents after signing a deal to allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan. Shah Marai / AFP/Getty Images

    Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

    A patient in a Dallas hospital has been confirmed to have the deadly Ebola virus, News 8 has learned.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  10. The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close th

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  11. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, said in a letter that she is dismayed by reports of the 'ongoing failure' of International Auto Logistics. AP

    Senator: POV moving company's problems linger

    The chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee wants military officials to consider dumping a defense contractor responsible for moving troops' personal vehicles to and from overseas bases when they move on reassignment orders, citing significant delays an

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  12. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the Council on Foreign Relations that the U.S. would come to the aid of its allies in Asia if attacked or threatened. Hayat Norimine

    Top DoD official: U.S. will 'respond' if Japan-China dispute escalates

    The U.S. will respond with military force if allies in the Pacific region are threatened, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Tuesday in response to questions about Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    A mid is seen an image taken from a U.S. Naval Academy video aimed at preventing sexual assault on college campuses. U.S. Naval Academy

    Naval Academy joins Obama's 'It's On Us' campaign

    The U.S. Naval Academy has joined President Obama's 'It's On Us' campaign to encourage college students to take responsibility in stopping sexual assault.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  13. A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft on Sept. 26 over an undisclosed location before strike operations in Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / Air Force

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    Although the gravestone in Woodlawn National Cemetery reads 'Franklin Cooper,' it is actually Franklin Cauble who is buried there, Cauble's great-great grandson says. Ray Finger/The (Elmira, N.Y.) Star Gazette

    Confederate's grave has wrong name; VA won't fix

    The gravestone of a Confederate soldier who died at Elmira's Civil War prison camp has the wrong name on it, according to his great-great-grandson.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  14. Texan who faked military past guilty in guns case

    A Texas convicted felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to a decorated retired Navy Seal faces up to 10 years in prison for having two guns.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  15. Retired FBI agent Robert Lustyik Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 11 federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. Federal prosecutors say Lustyik derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source. AP

    Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty in Afghan scheme

    A former FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  16. Jay Leno during a visit to Israel in May. Sebastian Scheiner / AP

    Interview: Leno on USO, entertaining troops and his 'tank car'

    It would be tough to script a better opening line for a story from Jay Leno:

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    A Camp Hansen-based Marine looks downrange during marksmanship training Oct. 29. Marines will likely see changes to annual rifle qualifications including proper identification of targets, and shoot/no-shoot scenarios. Lance Cpl. Anne Henry / Marine Corps

    Marksmanship overhaul was a long time coming, say Marines

    Significant changes are in the works for Marine Corps marksmanship that are likely to make basic rifle qualifications more challenging, if not more complex, affecting everyone from the freshest boots to the grizzled infantrymen on predeployment workups.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  17. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New crisis response unit to be based in Kuwait

    The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  18. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was previously arrested in Pulaski County, Va., in July. New River Regional Jail

    Report: White House intruder made it far past front door

    A man who scaled a White House fence this month and breached the mansion's front door apparently rushed past a Secret Service agent inside and was stopped only after reaching the building's East Room, a government official confirmed Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  19. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014

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