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  1. U.S. OKs $1.75 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

    The Obama administration has approved a $1.75 billion sale of Patriot missiles and associated items to Saudi Arabia to bolster the air defenses of the key U.S. ally in the Arab world.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Kabul, wound 21

    Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  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. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New crisis response unit to be based in Kuwait

    The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  20. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  21. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  22. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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

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