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  1. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldier, backdropped by the Turkish flag, sits on a tanker truck at a gas station prior to their departure to the Syrian city of Kobani, outside a staging area on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border on Friday. Vadim Ghirda / The Associated Press

    Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

    The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  2. In this file photo taken July 28, a motorist passes by a flag of the Islamic State group at the entrance of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. The Associated Press

    Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

    The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  3. Former SEAL, author of bin Laden book, is under criminal probe

    U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  4. An Iraqi military vehicle burns after an attack by the Islamic State group in western Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 5. The Associated Press

    Dempsey: Iraqi Shiites must back expanded mission

    U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq's Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  8. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  9. Norway to send training troops to Iraq

    Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  10. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul, on Oct. 29. Human Rights Watch says some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were executed when the Islamic State group capture the city. EPA/STR via AFP

    Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover

    An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  11. Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  12. A Liberian soldier and a U.S. Marine set up a landing zone next to an Ebola treatment center on Oct. 11 in Tubmanburg, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  13. A member of the ground crew installs the protection pin onto a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet's missile at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Oct. 20. Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. Cpl. Gabrielle DesRochers / /Canadian Air Force-AP

    NATO reports spike in Russian military flights

    NATO on Wednesday reported an 'unusual' spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  14. Russian nuclear submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky, drives in the water area of the Sevmash factory in the northern city of Arkhangelsk on July 2, 2009. Alexander Zemlianichenko / AFP/Getty Images

    Russia successfully test-fires new Navy Bulava ICBM

    The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  15. Residents: Islamic State group kills 30 Iraqi men

    Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said, the latest mass killing carried out by the group since its advance across the country.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  16. A peshmerga fighter flashes victory sign as a Kurdish convoy arrives Wednesday at the Habur crossing along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons. Ilyas Akengin / AFP via Getty Images

    Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey

    For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle the m

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  17. Health workers of the International Federation of Red Cross and Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres take part Wedensday in a pre-deployment training for staff that is heading to Ebola area at the IFRC headquarters in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

    Former NATO chiefs urge alliance to fight Ebola

    Two former heads of NATO are urging the Western defense alliance to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  18. Secretary of State John Kerry places a wreath at the National War Memorial on Oct. 28 in Ottowa, Canada, as U.S. Naval Attache, Capt. Charles J. Cassidy, right and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, look on at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Sean Kilpatrick / AP

    Kerry attends slain soldier's funeral, expresses solidarity with Canada

    The United States and Canada vowed Tuesday to step up already close counterterrorism and border security cooperation as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid condolences to the Canadian people following last week's terror attacks.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  19. Pakistani army chief Raheel Sharif. Karim Ullah / Getty Images

    Pakistan's army chief to visit U.S.

    The Pakistan army's chief of staff is coming to the U.S. to meet with his American counterparts, the Defense Department has confirmed.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  20. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a military drill on Friday. AFP

    North Korea may be developing sea-based missiles

    A website that monitors North Korea says the isolated nation may be exploring how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  21. Dozens of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq on Tuesday on their way to the battleground Syrian town of Kobani. Safin Hamed / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurdish fighters to head to Syria

    IRBIL, Iraq Dozens of Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters will fly to Turkey on Tuesday and from there cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds fight Muslim militants, a spokesman for the Kurdish force said.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  22. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO chief urges allies to boost defense spending, build ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  23. An Afghan soldier stands guard at the site of a suicide attack Oct. 1 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office on Sept. 29. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Violence marks Afghan president's first month

    Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurg

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  24. The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush steams through the Gulf of Aden Oct. 23. The ship has transited the Suez Canal and it entered 6th Fleet Monday. The Bush carrier strike group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after supporting maritime security operations and strike operations in Iraq and Syria. MC2 Abe McNatt / Navy

    Bush carrier strike group enters 6th Fleet at Suez Canal, headed home

    The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is out of Central Command and is heading home.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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