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  1. A Navy P-8 antisubmarine surveillance aircraft photographed this Chinese J-11B fighter jet when it passed within about 20 feet in a highly aggressive maneuver. Defense Department

    Chinese fighter buzzes U.S. Navy surveillance plane

    An armed Chinese fighter jet aggressively confronted a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft earlier this week over international waters in the South China Sea, mounting a series of '

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed with passports, IS fighters could threaten U.S.

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. A pro-Russian gunman holds a piece of shrapnel from a rocket after shelling Friday in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. Ukraine accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine on Friday, warning against any attacks on the trucks. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns Russian movements into Ukraine

    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government 'strongly condemns' the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  4. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. Kathy Willens / AP

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  5. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sept. 1, 2013. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress on Iraq

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

    Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. U.N. Council members reject North Korea meeting request

    United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope insertion training on April 30. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann / Army National Guard

    Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed earlier this summer

    President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush on Aug. 14 in the Persian Gulf. Islamic State militants have shot at some Navy aircraft with small arms, but to little effect. Mohammed al-Shaikh / Getty Images

    Navy planes take small-arms fire during Iraq airstrikes

    Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. Gen. Rudy Ortiz, the joint chiefs of staff, gives a press conference in Guatemala City, on April 3. Interior Secretary Maurio Lopez says Gen. Rudy Ortiz died Wednesday along with four other military officials after their helicopter fell in a mountainous area of the province of Huehuetenango, near the border with Mexico. Moises Castillo/The Associated Press

    Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash

    The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  14. Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  15. Image from video released by Islamic State militants that appears to show the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. Islamic State video

    British national may have beheaded U.S. journalist

    The apparent beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant may have been undertaken by a British national, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  16. Iraqi Shiite fighters, loyal to Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take part in military and first aid training on Tuesday, in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. Haidar Hamdani / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  17. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry points a finger as he arrives Aug. 11 in Sydney. In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called Kerry a wild dog with a 'hideous lantern jaw.' Peter Parks / AP

    North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous lantern jaw.'

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  18. Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  19. A Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces type 90 tank fires Tuesday during an exercise at the Higashi-Fuji training ground in Gotemba. A total of 2,300 personnel, 80 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 aircraft and 600 vehicles are participating in the exercise. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP via Getty Images

    Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  20. American journalist James Foley, shown here in Syria in 2012. Manu Brabo

    Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes

    A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  21. Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  22. Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. Petro Zadorozhnyy/The Associated Press

    Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  23. F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 during Exercise Valiant Shield. Senior Airman Miranda Moorer/Air Force

    U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes

    The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  24. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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