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  1. Army Spc. Kristal Calderon, with the 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical), practices donning and removing personal protective gear during training at Fort Gordon, Ga. Her unit was due to deploy to Liberia, Africa, in late October. Capt. Lindsay Roman / /Army

    U.S. force to fight Ebola virus starts training in San Antonio

    The U.S. military effort to help contain the Ebola virus at home and in West Africa is gaining steam.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Iraqi security forces and gunmen rest on a sidewalk following clashes with jihadists in September in Anbar province. U.S. military officials are wrestling with how to calibrate their advise-and-assist mission with Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State, which is growing especially heated in Anbar. AZHAR SHALLAL / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar

    Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Mine detection dog Betsy, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been clearing Bosnia-Herzegovina of high explosives since 2009. Alix Hines/Medill News Service

    In mine-riddled Bosnia, bomb dogs are life savers

    When Betsy, a 7-year-old bomb-sniffing dog from Bosnia-Herzegovina, arrived in the U.S.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin / Air Force

    Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola

    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  7. Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car on Thursday in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg. John Minchillo / AP

    After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his il

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  8. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  9. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers, left, and French President's chief of staff general, Benoit Puga, at the Elysee palace in Paris, France. Gen. de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. 'We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Alain Jocard / AP

    Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  10. Saudi Arabia convicts 27 for plotting attack on U.S. forces

    A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  11. Members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit depart the amphibious assault ship Peleliu to participate in Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in the Philippines. The Marines and sailors aboard the Peleliu returned to Japan on Thursday following a delay after a murder investigation involving a Marine. Navy

    After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU heads back to Japan

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is headed back to Okinawa, Japan, after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  12. U.S. and South Korean forces conduct a combined training exercise. The U.S. will continue to have operational control of forces in South Korea in the event of war. Cpl. Kim Young-ho / Army

    U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control

    The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. A soldier stands in front of a Bradley fighting vehicle during an Oct. 14 demonstration in Latvia. NATO is working to form a brigade-sized force that will be able to respond to crises in the region of Europe. Sgt. Daniel Cole/Army

    New quick-reaction NATO force to stand up next year

    NATO is pushing forward with a new quick-reaction force that will combine the armies of multiple member nations and is intended to serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. Richard Drew / AP

    Possible Ebola case in New York City

    The first case of Ebola may have arrived in New York City.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  15. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State

    U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  16. The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half staff on Oct. 2, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks

    After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation — and a sense of apprehension.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  17. British soldiers give a hand in rescue operations at the site of the bomb-wrecked U.S. Marine barracks near the Beirut airport on Oct. 23, 1983. A bomb-laden truck detonated, collapsing the four-story building and killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Bill Foley/AP

    Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy

    As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  18. Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Associated Press

    Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare'

    The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat 'V' device last week for heroism in Afghanistan.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  19. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet on Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  20. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  21. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, shown here on May 3, is being held at Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary. His lawyer is relying on the argument to win his freedom in the shortest time possible: He needs to be release so he can go home to get treatment for his combat-related post-traumatic stress, which Mexican authorities don't treat, even in their own soldiers. Alejandro Tamayo / AP

    PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico

    There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  22. The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

    Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities

    A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  23. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, right, says the Military Health System Review released Oct. 1 by the Defense Department provided good feedback for military health officials. Staff Sgt. Ashley Bell / Army

    'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  24. Asheville, N.C., failed to comply with federal law when it reprimanded police Lt. Bill Wilke for taking time off to serve in the Army Reserve, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor. Special to the Citizen-Times

    N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service

    The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  25. In this March 29, 2010 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards

    The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners.

    • Oct. 23, 2014

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