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    President Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Sept. 15 at the White House. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam

    More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  1. The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2013 marches into Falcon Stadium for graduation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations

    New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies — including geography.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 10. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

    The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  3. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a Carnegie Europe think tank event Sept. 15 at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. Virginia Mayo / AP

    NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  5. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  6. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / Air Force

    JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, talks to state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15. Khamenei, 75, successfully underwent prostate surgery, Iran announced. Khamenei said his government privately refused American requests for cooperation against the Islamic State group, warning that another U.S. incursion would result 'in the same problems they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years.' AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS

    Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Jill Kelley leaves her home in Nov. 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    A memeber of Islamic State holds a knife and gestures as he speaks to a camera before beheading British aid worker David Haine. Iran has ruled out working with any international coalition against IS, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. AFP

    Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

    As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. US President Barack Obama meets with, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out

    Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. Fighters from the Islamic State group parade June 23 in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. AP

    Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

    Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. James Lukeman, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division, talks with Marines participating in a Super Squad Competition on July 15 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Here's 4 key lessons all the best infantry squads should learn

    Super Squad competitions are designed to identify squads that are a cut above — the best in their division. Time and again, competitors, competition evaluators and infantry experts have said the competition is about the basics.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Medically retired Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, who was injured alongside Kyle Carpenter, is the subject of a new documentary film on wounded warriors. Courtesy Thi Linh Wernau

    Marine wounded alongside Kyle Carpenter featured in new documentary project

    Many are familiar with the story behind Cpl. Kyle Carpenter's Medal of Honor, but few know much about the friend and fellow Marine he was trying to protect. Now a documentary filmmaker is sharing the story of Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, a young man who was told he'd never speak again, highlighting his trying recovery.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  9. Sailors prepare to launch aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    'Level Zero Heroes' author Michael Golembesky in his home office in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Courtesy of Michael Golembesky

    MARSOC vet relives elite Marines' fight for survival in Afghan wasteland

    It’s a rare individual who can, in one breath, wax poetic about his bar band’s adaptation of Pink Floyd’s early psychedelia and, in the very next, deconstruct his Marine special operations team’s quixotic foray in Afghanistan’s hopeless Bala Murghab valley. But Michael Golembesky is just that sort of dude.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Fort McHenry Guard commemorate the precise moment that the historic Star-Spangled Banner was raised, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem 200 years ago. Andre Chung / AP

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  10. Navy's Tago Smith runs against Texas State on Sept. 13 in San Marcos, Texas. Eric Gay / AP

    Smith leads Navy past Texas State 35-21 in first career start

    Playing without the leader of its offense put a scare in Navy, but Tago Smith quickly put those fears to rest with a stellar outing in his first career start.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  11. Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  12. Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court on Sept. 14 during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

    North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor

    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  13. This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as 'an act of pure evil.'

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    Col. Christian Cabaniss, shown talking to Marines in Afghanistan, appears in the new documentary 'The Hornet's Nest.' Highroad Media

    'The Hornet's Nest' emphasizes humanity, nobility of war

    Wildly jerky and almost nauseating hand-held camera shots hit the viewer in the early minutes of the film, producing a gut-tensing feeling of running in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  14. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  15. Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S.

    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni

    • Sep. 13, 2014

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