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  1. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove addresses the media April 16 at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. Yves Logghe / AP

    NATO to ramp up in response to Russian aggression

    U.S. troops in Europe likely will ramp up operations and continue a historic shift eastward after the NATO alliance this week agreed to vastly expand its military readiness in response to Russian aggression.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. The Fire Support Group of Charlie Company 40 Commando Royal Marines, at FOB Jackson in Afghanistan engage insurgents following contact Patrol Base Paylae. Photographer: LA(Phot) Si Ethell Image 45152919.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk Si Ethell / Crown Copyright

    U.K. lawmakers slam lax security in Bastion attack

    British lawmakers said Wednesday that U.K. commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Marines jump out of an MV-22B Osprey while conducting parachute operations over Djibouti last year. At least 5,000 U.S. troops are operating on the African continent. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone / Marine Corps

    DoD quietly expanding AFRICOM missions

    Just five years ago, the Pentagon considered Africa such a strategic backwater that the global map of combatant commands carved the massive continent into two chunks and placed most of it under control of the chief of U.S. European Command in Belgium.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Secretary of State John Kerry is surrounded by security as he arrives April 16 in Geneva, where he is scheduled to participate in talks on the ongoing situation in Ukraine with representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union. Jim Bourg / AP

    U.S. readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. The Bonhomme Richard has MH-60 Seahawk helicopters, the MV-22 Osprey and small boats that could be used to rescue survivors. Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ed

    Bonhomme Richard ready to aid South Korean ferry rescue

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is standing by to help find survivors from a South Korean ferry that capsized Wednesday in the Yellow Sea, 7th Fleet said.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  7. Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

    An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  8. Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  9. Afghan election workers carry ballot boxes and election materials on donkeys to deliver to polling stations in Dara-e-Noor district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 4, in advance of elections that took place the next day. Rahmat Gul/The Associated Press

    Afghanistan election results increase chance U.S. will stay

    The likelihood of a long-term U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is growing after elections there in early April showed pro-American candidates winning at the polls.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  11. FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  12. This Monday July 22, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. AP

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  13. Iran arrested Amir Hekmati, now 31, in August 2011 while he was on a trip to visit his grandmothers in Tehran. Marine Corps

    Family of former Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom

    The family of a former U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  14. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  15. For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia boosts military spending

    For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  16. Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far '

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  17. Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  18. Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic

    Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  19. Iraq: Bombings kill at least 16 people in north

    A car bomb went off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  20. Senegalese marine commandos and U.S. Marines conduct training in September. Many African nations are open to a greater U.S. presence in their countries. Sgt. Marco Mancha/Marine Corps

    Corps wants crisis response unit in western Africa

    A move to relocate the Marine Corps' crisis response unit from Europe to a nation in western Africa may be completed within the next two years, Marine Corps brass said last week.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  21. Marines and sailors go ashore in Florida during the 2012 Partnership of the Americas exercise. Marines embarked with the amphibious assault ship America will participate in this year's version of the multinational exercise in Chile. Cpl. Tyler Thornhill/Marine Corps

    Marines to set sail around South America

    Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship's capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific — and they'll make several stops to engage with military partn

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  22. An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh al-Mutlaq, escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

    Iraq's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, according to an Iraqi lawmaker and a statement from the deputy premier's office.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  23. Pro-Russian protesters reinforce their barricade Thursday outside the regional state administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Anatoliy Stepanov / AFP via Getty Images

    NATO's chief: Russia's actions are illegitimate

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine's borders and enter a dialogue respecting Ukraine's sovereignty.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  24. Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit board an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise at King Faisal Air Base in Jordan in June. The Marine Corps plans to stand up a crisis reponse force in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in fiscal year 2015. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps to stand up crisis response unit in CENTCOM in 2015

    The Marine Corps will form a new land-based unit in the Middle East during fiscal year 2015 that is designed to respond to crises in the region, including emergencies at embassies, sources have told Marine Corps Times.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  25. McKeon satisfied with military on Benghazi

    The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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