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  1. Australia sends 2 unarmed support planes over Iraq

    Australia was sending two unarmed air force planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but would not yet launch its own airstrikes, the prime minister said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations Friday in Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / via AP

    Iraq and Syria airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to cur

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  3. Poland's new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, third from left, and members of her cabinet. Czarek Sokolowski / AP

    New Polish premier wants more U.S. military presence

    Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  4. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian walks in the lobby of the Elysee Palace on Oct. 1 on his way to a special defense meeting on the country's mission against the Islamic State group. Remy de la Mauviniere / AP

    France ups military deployment against Islamic State

    France is deploying an anti-aircraft frigate and more fighter jets in the Persian Gulf region to boost its ability to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  5. A British crewman works at a Tornado warplane on Oct. 1 at a British air base in Akrotiri, Cyprus,. Petros Karadjias / AP

    British warplanes destroy Islamic State targets in Iraq

    British Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days, the base commander said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  6. New North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway poses Oct. 1 as he arrives for his first day of work at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Thierry Charlier / Getty Images

    New NATO chief: Better ties with Russia possible

    NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  7. Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion Tuesday in the town of Ashar, in the Basra region. The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group. Nabil al-Jouran / AP

    U.N.: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September

    The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
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    Marine vet Donnie Navidad, 61, left, laughs with former Oakland Raider Willie Brown on Monday in Stockton, Calif., as he talks about saving a young woman's life after a Raiders NFL football game at the Coliseum. Calixtro Romias/AP

    Marine vet who caught jumper among Carnegie Heroes

    A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game is among 22 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  8. A Cougar 4x4 Medium Mine Protected Vehicle. Courtesy photo

    Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100M

    The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don't need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
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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
  9. 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
  10. 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 historical precedent.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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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