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  1. An F-22 Raptor displays its weapons bays in July. The Raptor took part in its first combat operation Monday over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker / US Air Force

    Analysis: Syria airstrikes introduce F-22's firepower to the world

    The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. A map issued by the Pentagon shows that the massive wave of U.S. airstrikes inside Syria on Monday were concentrated in the northern and eastern parts of that country. Targeted were Islamic State militants as well as members of the Khorosan, an al-Qaida offshoot. Defense Department

    Attacks on Syria 'beginning of sustained' war, Pentagon says

    It was the first time the U.S. has mounted airstrikes in Syria.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  3. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Marine vet imprisoned in Iran can call home

    The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran since his arrest three years ago on spying charges said his conditions have improved and he is now allowed to call home several times a week.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  4. Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse Nivia Huskey before Nivia's military deployment on Saturday in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. Gerry Broome / AP

    Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

    On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jordan and the Air Force 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, wait on the flightline in May 11 at an air base in northern Jordan. Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Air Forces Central

    Mideast countries play major role in Islamic State strikes

    Jordan was compelled to join U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria after the government uncovered a number of militants crossing its border with Iraq, a Jordanian government source told Defense News.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  6. Then Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb answers a question during his press conference on North Korea and East Asia and Pacific affairs issues at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo on April 5, 2012. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP/Getty Images

    Former senator Jim Webb: 'Taking a hard look' at Democratic presidential bid

    Former senator Jim Webb laid out in stark terms the economic and military challenges facing America, saying he is 'seriously looking' at a 2016 presidential campaign as a Democrat.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. Workers hoist and lock together pieces of 'Unconditional Surrender,' an 8-meter (25-foot) cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in lip-locked embrace, outside the Caen Memorial on Sept. 23 in Normandy, France. David Vincent / AP

    Sculpture of end-of-WWII kiss lands in Normandy

    A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad AFP

    Syria's Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. Trial set for Kenai, Alaska, man charged with soldier scam

    A Superior Court judge in Kenai has set a trial date for a man who is charged with establishing a charity for overseas soldiers and keeping most of the donations for personal use.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Iranian president says U.S. airstrikes in Syria illegal

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  11. Image from a CENTCOM video showing U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria. CENTCOM/YouTube.com

    Combat footage: U.S. releases video stockpile showing Syria strikes

    U.S. Central Command posted three videos on its YouTube page showing combat footage of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria on Tuesday. A fourth video was also posted showing a KC-135 refueling of U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  12. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

    Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  13. For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly joined. Richard Drew / AP

    Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

    For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  14. Militants of the Islamic State capture dozens of Iraqi security forces members on June 14 prior to transporting them to an unknown location in the Salaheddin province ahead of executing them. AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

    The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  15. President Obama is escorted by 89th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Millard, as he transfers to from Marine One to Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Tuesday for a trip to New York and the United Nations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Manuel Balce Ceneta / The Associated Press

    Obama administration creates Korean land mine exception

    Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  16. Operation Homefront CEO resigns

    Operation Homefront Chief Executive Officer Jim Knotts has resigned to accept another position, according to officials with the charity that provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  17. Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during his farewell ceremony Tuesday at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Afghanistan's Karzai takes one last swipe at U.S.

    Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take one last swipe at the United States, capping a long-testy relationship with the accusation that America hasn't wanted peace in Afghanistan. The U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  18. F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fly over Alaska May 26, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / 3 Wing Public Affairs

    U.S. strikes inside Syria target two terror groups

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  19. Mission Family: Easing into stateside driving after deployment

    When Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Josh Seery returned from Afghanistan in July 2013, he knew he wasn't ready to drive a car on the streets of Wichita, Kansas. So he asked his wife, Jennifer Roth, to be the primary driver.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  20. Tricare Help: Are noncitizens with visas eligible for Tricare?

    A. If your wife and stepchild were deemed eligible for registration in DEERS, then they are fully eligible for Tricare coverage under your sponsorship.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  21. The Pentagon is inviting all military women and 20 percent of men to participate in a survey with explicit questions about sexual assault and their workplace environment. Air Force

    Forcewide sexual assault survey underway

    In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of service members saw an innocuous-looking email pop into their official inbox urging their participation in a '

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  22. The military services are developing specialized recruiting and training policies for the Defense Department's nascent cyber force, a new Pentagon report says. Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr./Air Force

    As cyber force grows, manpower details emerge

    The military will need to expand its force of cyber warriors beyond plans for 6,200 personnel, and the individual services are hammering out the manpower-related details of precisely how to build that force from the ground up, according to a new Pentagon

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  23. A soldier patrols at the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday in Paris. Frenchman Herve Gourdel, 55, was abducted in Algeria on Monday by a splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch. The Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, said it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes in Iraq within 24 hours. Christophe Ena / AP

    France won't stop fight in Iraq despite kidnapping

    Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  24. Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats

    A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don't have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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