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  1. Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

    A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk Saturday after an eventful six-month cruise. Here, the Vella Gulf passed under the Bosphorus Bridge June 12 as it transited the Bosphorus Strait that leads to the Black Sea. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III / Navy

    Cruiser Vella Gulf returns from action-packed cruise

    The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk, Va. Saturday with plenty of sea stories to share from their six-month deployment.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). MC2 Jacob Sippel / Navy

    USS Mitscher to deploy to Middle East

    The USS Mitscher is preparing to leave Virginia on a deployment to the Middle East.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Two police officers from Afghanistan allegedly left their group to find a better life in the U.S. were found in the Buffalo area. DEA

    2 missing Afghan police officers found in Buffalo-area

    Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, D.C., area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. Fighters from the Islamic State group march in Raqqa, Syria, in this undated photo. AP

    Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

    A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group has apparently released a new, chilling message threatening the U.S. and its allies.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Wilbur 'Plum' Plumlee, left, and Jerry 'Bell' Bellamy reminisce about their days in the service during a brief reunion on Aug. 31 in Marion., Ill. The two met in 1951 in boot camp and served together for four years in the U.S. Navy. Mary Thomas Layton / AP

    Veteran buddies reunite after 40 years

    Forty years is probably too long to wait for the next reunion.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Kerry: U.S. looking for help from Turkey against IS

    The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Carter Sluyter attaches a socket terminal to an arresting gear cable aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Sept. 10. MCSA Christopher Frost / Navy

    Ship crews face litany of maintenance problems

    The atmosphere was one of frustration shrouded in uncertainties as 1,100 Navy and industry leaders discussed ways to provide maintenance and modernization to a surface fleet burdened by growing demand and diminishing funds.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  4. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House on Sept. 20 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  5. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  6. Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit

    A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  7. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, signed a power-sharing deal on Sept. 21, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal

    Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  8. Whitesell Navy

    New rules aim to better fill billets abroad

    The Navy has streamlined overseas screening to cut processing time and limit gaps from those who fail to qualify.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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    Then-Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong, right, earned a Silver Star for rushing into heavy fire to save a Marine. Kong is seen here with former 5th Marines squad mate Lance Cpl. Marshall Kotchasak. Marine Corps

    Former HM3 receives Silver Star for saving Marine's life

    Former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong waited nearly four years for his first firefight. When it finally happened, his actions that day led to a Silver Star.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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    Cmdr. Gavin Duff, former commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 14, has been named a winner of the Stockdale Award. Navy

    Stockdale winners faced deployment challenges

    Two of the Navy's most outstanding officers faced tough challenges and led their crews through successful deployments — keeping fighters in the air and an aging destroyer on station.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  9. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left, U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, center, and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, right, attend a NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

    NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a 'cease-fire in name only,' and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  10. Turkish soldiers stand as Syrian refugees amass at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Saturday. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The Associated Press

    Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants

    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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    A CF-18 Hornet from Canada's 4 Wing Cold Lake, far left, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber on Sept. 5, 2007. Canada National Defence Forces

    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  11. Relatives of freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months, react as they wait for welcome them at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, on Sautrday. Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped 46 Turks including diplomats, children and special forces from the Turkish consulate in Mosul and 3 Iraqis on June 11 as they captured swathes of northern Iraq. ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed in Iraq

    Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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    A sailor approaches an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf in the Black Sea on July 24. MC3 Weston Jones/Navy

    USS Vella Gulf returns to Norfolk after deployment

    The USS Vella Gulf has returned to its home port in Virginia following a six-month deployment.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  12. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on September 20, 2014. NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. Russia has delivered today a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images) ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  13. A World Health Organization worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 18. Michael Duff / AP

    U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims

    The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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