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  1. The head of Syrian Coalition (SNC), Syria's main political opposition group, Hadi Bahra, meets with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby on Sept. 8 in Cairo, Egypt. Amr Nabil / AP

    Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria

    The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Thursday called for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, saying urgent action was required 'to avert catastrophe.'

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

    A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Two police officers from Afghanistan allegedly left their group to find a better life in the U.S. were found in the Buffalo area. DEA

    2 missing Afghan police officers found in Buffalo-area

    Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, D.C., area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Fighters from the Islamic State group march in Raqqa, Syria, in this undated photo. AP

    Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

    A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group has apparently released a new, chilling message threatening the U.S. and its allies.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    The Mobile Landing Platform USNS Montford Point is moored pier side in San Diego during the ship's christening ceremony. Monford Point is the first ship of its a class that could serve to keep Marine amphibious hopes afloat. MC2 Dominique Pineiro / Navy

    Marine general: Two keys ships may keep Marines' amphibious hopes above water

    The top general in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development Command sees uncertainty in the road ahead.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Kerry: U.S. looking for help from Turkey against IS

    The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House on Sept. 20 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  6. Marines will need to have two pairs of the Rugged All Terrain Boots by Oct. 1, 2015. Those who've deployed to Afghanistan have been required to buy RAT boots since 2009, and they've been optional for wear with utility uniforms. Courtesy of Danner

    Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots

    Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  7. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  8. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, signed a power-sharing deal on Sept. 21, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal

    Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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    Then-Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong, right, earned a Silver Star for rushing into heavy fire to save a Marine. Kong is seen here with former 5th Marines squad mate Lance Cpl. Marshall Kotchasak. Marine Corps

    Former HM3 receives Silver Star for saving Marine's life

    Former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong waited nearly four years for his first firefight. When it finally happened, his actions that day led to a Silver Star.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  9. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left, U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, center, and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, right, attend a NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

    NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a 'cease-fire in name only,' and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  10. Turkish soldiers stand as Syrian refugees amass at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Saturday. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The Associated Press

    Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants

    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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    A CF-18 Hornet from Canada's 4 Wing Cold Lake, far left, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber on Sept. 5, 2007. Canada National Defence Forces

    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  11. Relatives of freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months, react as they wait for welcome them at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, on Sautrday. Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped 46 Turks including diplomats, children and special forces from the Turkish consulate in Mosul and 3 Iraqis on June 11 as they captured swathes of northern Iraq. ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed in Iraq

    Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  12. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on September 20, 2014. NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. Russia has delivered today a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images) ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  13. A World Health Organization worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 18. Michael Duff / AP

    U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims

    The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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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    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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    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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