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  1. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

    A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, acknowledges lawmakers' applause on Sept. 18 after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

    The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday/ Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6.  Jewel Samad / AFP

    Rare 'moment of stability' seen in 2015 budget

    No need for troops to worry about the beginning of the fiscal year approaching Oct. 1.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. CFC changes will make donating easier

    Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. Police investigators work in a garage at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia, after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Sept. 18 Australian police detained 15 people earlier on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. Rick Rycroft / AP

    Australian police thwart IS beheading plot

    More than 800 Australian officers raided dozens of properties in the suburbs of Sydney on Thursday, in an operation to thwart an apparent Islamic State terror plot to carry out random attacks on the public, police said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Mufid Elfgeeh tried to give 'material support' to the Islamic State, a federal indictment handed up Tuesday alleges. Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Rochester Democrat and Chronicl

    Alleged IS recruiter in New York accused of trying to buy weapons to attack U.S. troops

    A Rochester man is expected to appear in a federal courtroom here Thursday morning to answer allegations that he recruited fighters for the Islamic State militant group.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Mabus thanks Electric Boat for sub cost cuts

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has thanked Electric Boat and its workers for helping drive down the cost of building big-ticket submarines.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies Wednesday during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on 'Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels

    The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Ahmed Saad / AP

    Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

    Iran's foreign minister ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    Airmen lift their right hand as they repeat the oath of enlistment at the Air Force Basic Training graduation ceremony, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths

    The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy supply ship inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    Ship that destroyed Syrian chemical weapons returns home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. A U.S. special operations forces soldier leads a group of soldiers from Iraqi Special Operations Force's 8th Regional Commando Battalion in July 2011. Department of Defense

    Analysis: U.S. officials parse term 'ground troops' when describing Iraq mission

    The question of whether the U.S. will send combat troops into Iraq has become a tortured debate over what terms such as 'ground troops' actually mean.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Defense attorney Birney Bervar speaks to a reporter outside federal court on Sept. 17 in Honolulu. Benjamin Bishop, a former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters, was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home. Audrey McAvoy / AP

    Defense contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case

    A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi listens to a question during a Sept. 17 with The Associated Press in Baghdad. Iraq's new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Iraq premier nixes U.S. ground troops

    Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the '

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: U.S. troops in Iraq could call in airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend

    A senior Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    Rear Adm. James G. Foggo, second from right, has been tapped to lead 6th Fleet. Foggo, seen here in 2011 aboard amphibious command ship Mount Whitney, was the operations commander for the Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn. MC2 Daniel Viramontes / Navy

    Submariner tapped to lead 6th Fleet

    Rear Adm. James Foggo has been tapped to lead 6th Fleet and get a third star, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. President Obama, with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of the US Central Command, before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq

    President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Relatives of a U.S. Naval reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed in the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing

    Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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