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  1. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

    Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams John Moore/Getty Images

    Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress

    The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  5. Filipinos burn a mock American flag in front of the U.S. Embassy to condemn the murder of a transgender woman. A Marine was charged with her murder. Getty Images

    Marine's murder charge in the Philippines has international consequences

    The death of a Filipino transgender woman following a bilateral military training exercise made international waves after a U.S. Marine was charged with murder.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  6. Two Swedish Navy fast-attack craft patrol on Oct. 19 in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. Marko Saavala / AP

    Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search

    The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  7. Service members and civilians stand at attention July 2 at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Spain agreed to allow the U.S. to use Rota and the air base at Moron de la Frontera to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MC William Clark / Navy

    Spain gives U.S. go-ahead to use bases against Ebola

    Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  8. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    One month in, mixed reviews on Iraq, Syria airstrikes

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  9. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an Oct. 18 news conference. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Turkey would oppose U.S. arms transfers to Kurds

    Turkey would not agree to any U.S.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  10. President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  11. Iraqi municipal government workers clean up debris following a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, on Saturday. The car bomb exploded after nightfall Friday, near a cafe, killed and wounded tens of people, Iraqi officials said. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

    Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist gro

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  12. Protesters shout slogans at a rally Friday at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to reiterate their demand that a U.S. Marine who is a suspect in the death of a Filipino transgender be brought into Filipino custody. The Philippine government served a subpoena Friday for the Marine accused of the killing. Bullit Marquez / AP

    Philippines subpoenas Marine murder suspect

    The Philippine government served a subpoena Friday for a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino in an emotional case expected to test the country's military ties with the United States.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  13. This undated image posted on Aug. 27 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. The Associated Press

    Report: Former Iraqi pilots train IS fighters on MiGs

    The Islamic State group is test flying, with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots, several fighter jets captured earlier from air bases belonging to the Syrian military, a Syrian activist group said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  15. In this image shot Thursday from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, a partial view of Kobani, Syria. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State

    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  16. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  17. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey approves U.S. drone flights to monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  18. Three U.S. Navy ships have been cleared to leave Subic Bay in the Philippines, but the amphibious assault ship Peleliu will remain in port as local authorities continue to investigate whether Marine Pfc. Joseph Pemberton killed a transgender woman, according to Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. MC2 Michael Russell / Navy

    3 Navy ships depart Philippines, Peleliu remains as murder investigation continues

    Three US Navy ships have been cleared to leave Subic Bay in the Philippines, but the amphibious assault ship Peleliu will remain in port as local authorities continue to investigate whether a Marine killed a transgender woman, according to Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  19. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. AFP

    Russia's defense minister bristles at SecDef Hagel's comment

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has criticized a comment by the U.S. defense secretary about Russia's military resurgence.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  20. Iran looks at compromise nuke offer

    Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  21. U.S. Marines and Liberian troops set up a landing zone at the construction site of an Ebola treatment center on October 11 in Tubmanburg, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    U.S. Ebola force continues to build in West Africa

    Before entering the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the U.S. military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had his temperature taken.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. A Yemeni man is suing the German government for allegedly letting the United States use Ramstein Air Base in Germany for lethal drone strikes. Faisal bin Ali Jaber claims his brother-in-law Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber and nephew Waleed were killed in a U.S. drone strike in August 2012. Lucas Jackson / AP

    Yemeni man sues Germany over U.S. drone strikes

    A Yemeni man filed a suit against the German government Wednesday for allegedly letting the United States use an air base in Germany for lethal drone strikes.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  23. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani as they gather Oct. 15 on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. U.S. warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 near the town to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. Aris Messinis / AFP

    U.S.: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters killed in strikes near Kobani

    A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon's spokesman said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  24. Protesters hold lit candles and display messages to demand justice in the apparent killing of a Filipino transgender Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude. Philippine authorities charged Marine Pfc. Joseph Pemberton, a member of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, with murder on Wednesday. Pemberton is currently aboard the amphibious assault ship Peleliu. Bullit Marquez / The Associated Press

    U.S. Marine charged with murder in the Philippines

    Philippine police charged a U.S. Marine with murder on Wednesday following the death of a Filipino transgender woman who was found dead in a hotel room in Olongapo City .

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  25. President Obama walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 14 in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

    President Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

    • Oct. 15, 2014

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