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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

    On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. U.S. envoy says no talks with North Korea in sight

    Washington believes that North Korea is increasingly unwilling to live up to its nuclear disarmament commitments, and is using three detained Americans as pawns, a senior U.S. envoy said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. Marriage fraud can earn you a prison sentence, stiff fines

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials want service members to say, 'I don't' to marriage fraud, warning that it is a federal crime and no laughing matter.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. The epitome of stealth design, the destroyer Zumwalt is coming together at Bath Iron Works, Maine, and is expected to go to sea in the spring. At almost 16,000 tons, 610 feet long, about 81 feet abeam, the DDG 1000 is the largest destroyer in history. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Meet the Zumwalt: The Navy's stealth destroyer will go to sea next spring

    The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  7. In Pakistan, bomb kills 8 as U.S. drone kills 4

    A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  8. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  9. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  10. Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
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    The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
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    Coast Guard releases legal results

    The Coast Guard handed down 12 courts-martial, 45 bad-conduct discharges and three reliefs-for-cause in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, according to good order and discipline statistics it released in September.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
    • NEWS /
    An F/A-18E Super Hornet with lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush. The Bush deployment is expected to reach almost 10 months. About 40 percent of sailors and 37 percent of officers expect their next deployment or cruise to last nine months or more. MC3 Margaret Keith/Navy

    Independent survey finds within Navy widespread distrust

    Force-wide morale is 'quite low' and sailors don't trust senior leaders to handle the problems facing the Navy, from long and unpredictable deployments to tight budgets and proposed pay changes.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  12. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Timothy Bradow stands watch in the combat information center aboard the destroyer Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. The ship fired Tomahawk missiles at Islamic State targets on Sept. 22-23. MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez/Navy

    U.S. Navy leads strikes in Syria

    The opening week of the U.S. strikes against militants in Syria was the service's biggest salvo since 2011's Operation Odyssey Dawn against the Libyan regime.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
    • NEWS /
    In this Aug. 27 photo, Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of youth safety and violence prevention at the YMCA, poses for a portrait at a Chicago Transit Authority bus stop where a city-wide, anti-violence poster hangs in Chicago. The idea for Urban Warriors came from a prison meeting when Eddie's brother Gabriel, an Iraq vet, was visiting Eddie in prison on a gang-related killing. When Eddie revealed he'd been depressed, angry and sleepless in prison, Gabriel said those symptoms sounded similar to PTSD. Charles Rex Arbogast / The Associated Press

    War vets, kids scarred by gangs help each other

    Jorge Maya sat in a circle at his neighborhood YMCA, a sturdy Afghanistan vet listening to a group of teenage boys scarred by gang violence.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  13. Editorial: Let's chill on the latte salute silliness

    The U.S. was firing missiles on Syria, soldiers were preparing to deploy to Iraq — and folks on the home front were arguing over President's Obama's 'Latte Salute.'

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  14. In this Sept. 23, 2014, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Matthew Bruch) Matthew Bruch / AP

    U.S.-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Syria

    U.S. coalition-led warplanes struck jihadis attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions including wheat silos in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  15. Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 21. Hani Mohammed/The Associated Press

    Yemen's Shiite rebels agree to pull back, disarm

    Shiite rebels in Yemen who overran much of the capital signed a security deal on Saturday that stipulates disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have seized in recent months.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  16. 4 U.S. governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings

    Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  17. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press on Friday about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Pentagon: Airstrikes killing terrorists, not civilians

    There are no credible reports of civilian casualties after more than 240 airstrikes in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State group and other terrorists in Iraq and Syria, a top Pentagon official said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
    • NEWS /
    These images released by the State Department on Sept. 25 show the Jeribe Oil Refinery in eastern Syria before and after it was struck in raids by U.S., Saudi and UAE aircraft. The strikes hit 'small-scale' refineries that were producing 'between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day,', the Pentagon said. DoD via Getty Images

    U.S.-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day

    American-led coalition warplanes destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, the U.S.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  18. Filipino UN peacekeepers stand in formation during a send-off ceremony at the Villamor Airbase in Manila on September 22. The 157 soldiers will be deployed as a United Nations peacekeeping force to Haiti. NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty Images

    U.S., others vow to strengthen U.N. peacekeeping

    The United States and dozens of other countries vowed Friday to speed up and strengthen the U.N.'s overstretched peacekeeping response to crises around the world.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  19. The Military Lending Act would apply to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans, unsecured open-end lines of credit, and credit cards, under proposed new rules released by the Defense Department on Sept. 26. Julio Cortez/ / The Associated Press

    New rules to cap credit interest rates for troops

    Defense Department officials have proposed sweeping new rules that would limit the amount of interest that could be charged to service members and their spouses on most forms of credit — including credit cards.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
    • NEWS /

    Norfolk undergoes command change

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard has a new commanding officer.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
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