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    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Delay vote on authorizing airstrikes, key GOP lawmaker says

    By the time Congress decides whether it wants to vote on authorizing new military intervention in Iraq and Syria, the fight could be over.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  1. U.S. Navy medical personnel displays an enteral feeding tube used for force-feeding detainees during a tour of the detainee hospital at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Administration seeks to close Gitmo hearing

    The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  2. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends the debate about planned weapon aid for Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the parliament Bundestag on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany unable to meet NATO readiness target

    Germany's military is unable to meet its medium-term readiness target should NATO call on its members to mobilize against an attack, officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  3. Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

    On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. U.S. envoy says no talks with North Korea in sight

    Washington believes that North Korea is increasingly unwilling to live up to its nuclear disarmament commitments, and is using three detained Americans as pawns, a senior U.S. envoy said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. Marriage fraud can earn you a prison sentence, stiff fines

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials want service members to say, 'I don't' to marriage fraud, warning that it is a federal crime and no laughing matter.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    MV-22 Ospreys figure heavily into new Marine Corps concepts of operations, particularly when it comes to quickly moving personnel and material. Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps

    Robots, drones may assist Marine logisticians with new missions

    A postwar strategy dominated by the Expeditionary Force 21 concept and a return to small-unit, amphibious missions will put previously unheard of demands on the Marine logistics community.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  7. In Pakistan, bomb kills 8 as U.S. drone kills 4

    A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  8. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  9. Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, sees new responsibilities for Reserve units in the coming year. Staff

    Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

    Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, doesn't intend to let the close of a ground war lead to the atrophy of the reservists in his charge.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  10. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  11. Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
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    The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  12. Marines who deploy to Central America with the Corps' new special purpose Marine air-ground task force will train with partner militaries from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. John Bretschneider/Staff

    Corps to send 200 Marines to Central America during hurricane season

    At the start of the next hurricane season, the Corps plans to dispatch about 200 Marines to Central America in the form of a new special purpose Marine air-ground task force.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  13. Lance Cpl. Gray Smith, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, mans a security post from the roof of the Nawa District Governor's Center Sept. 10, 2010 After 13 years of fighting, Marine of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment are set to be the last to step foot in Helmand. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/Marine Corps

    1/2 will be last Marine combat unit in Afghanistan

    Some 13 years after the first Marine deployment to Afghanistan, Marine officials this month identified the last combat unit to leave: 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
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    In this Aug. 27 photo, Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of youth safety and violence prevention at the YMCA, poses for a portrait at a Chicago Transit Authority bus stop where a city-wide, anti-violence poster hangs in Chicago. The idea for Urban Warriors came from a prison meeting when Eddie's brother Gabriel, an Iraq vet, was visiting Eddie in prison on a gang-related killing. When Eddie revealed he'd been depressed, angry and sleepless in prison, Gabriel said those symptoms sounded similar to PTSD. Charles Rex Arbogast / The Associated Press

    War vets, kids scarred by gangs help each other

    Jorge Maya sat in a circle at his neighborhood YMCA, a sturdy Afghanistan vet listening to a group of teenage boys scarred by gang violence.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  14. Editorial: Let's chill on the latte salute silliness

    The U.S. was firing missiles on Syria, soldiers were preparing to deploy to Iraq — and folks on the home front were arguing over President's Obama's 'Latte Salute.'

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  15. In this Sept. 23, 2014, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Matthew Bruch) Matthew Bruch / AP

    U.S.-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Syria

    U.S. coalition-led warplanes struck jihadis attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions including wheat silos in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  16. Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 21. Hani Mohammed/The Associated Press

    Yemen's Shiite rebels agree to pull back, disarm

    Shiite rebels in Yemen who overran much of the capital signed a security deal on Saturday that stipulates disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have seized in recent months.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  17. 4 U.S. governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings

    Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  18. A news release Friday says a Marine general has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial. No date has been set. AP

    Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge

    A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon will be on trial in military court on desertion and other charges.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  19. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press on Friday about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Pentagon: Airstrikes killing terrorists, not civilians

    There are no credible reports of civilian casualties after more than 240 airstrikes in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State group and other terrorists in Iraq and Syria, a top Pentagon official said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
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    These images released by the State Department on Sept. 25 show the Jeribe Oil Refinery in eastern Syria before and after it was struck in raids by U.S., Saudi and UAE aircraft. The strikes hit 'small-scale' refineries that were producing 'between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day,', the Pentagon said. DoD via Getty Images

    U.S.-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day

    American-led coalition warplanes destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, the U.S.

    • Sep. 26, 2014

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