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The reputation of Germany’s vaunted Leopard 2 tank, which forms the mainstay of NATO’s armored forces, has taken a pounding in battles with Islamic State militants in Syria.



Lithuania signs agreement with US on troop deployment

Lithuania on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United States formalizing the presence of U.S. troops in the small Baltic country bordering Russia and Belarus.


Putin: Obama's government is working hard to undermine Trump

In a biting attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations and said those who are doing it are "worse than prostitutes."


Trump talks on Air Force One cost make progress, Boeing CEO says

Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said he "made some great progress" in face-to-face talks with Donald Trump on the president-elect's demand to hold down costs on the next-generation version of Air Force One.



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Anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes assist Turkish operations near al Bab

The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State group coalition struck the militants near al-Bab in Syria in recent days, backing a Turkish-led offensive from which American officials had initially withheld their support, a top coalition spokesman said Tuesday.


Facts about Inauguration Day, the high point of the US political calendar

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will assume the presidency from Barack Obama Friday during Inauguration Day ceremonies steeped in pomp, pageantry and tradition. Here are some facts about Inauguration Day.


Nigeria: Military jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.



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Trump takes over Islamic State fight, vowing to finish it

Pentagon officials are already preparing recommendations in anticipation of the changes that President-elect Donald Trump and his designated Pentagon chief, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, may want to make.


Nigeria: Military jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.


Moscow has its own complaints about spies - American spies

For months, Russian officials have seethed at accusations that they hacked the U.S. elections and were harassing U.S. diplomats in Russia. In a nationally televised press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov fired back.


Anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes assist Turkish operations near al Bab

The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State group coalition struck the militants near al-Bab in Syria in recent days, backing a Turkish-led offensive from which American officials had initially withheld their support, a top coalition spokesman said Tuesday.


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Trump takes over Islamic State fight, vowing to finish it

Pentagon officials are already preparing recommendations in anticipation of the changes that President-elect Donald Trump and his designated Pentagon chief, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, may want to make.


Nigeria: Military jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.


Moscow has its own complaints about spies - American spies

For months, Russian officials have seethed at accusations that they hacked the U.S. elections and were harassing U.S. diplomats in Russia. In a nationally televised press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov fired back.


Anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes assist Turkish operations near al Bab

The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State group coalition struck the militants near al-Bab in Syria in recent days, backing a Turkish-led offensive from which American officials had initially withheld their support, a top coalition spokesman said Tuesday.



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'Suits for Soldiers' helps veterans dress for success

The suit is one of more than 450 collected by Dababneh’s San Fernando Valley office as part of Farmers Insurance’s “Suits for Soldiers” program. It started on the East Coast in 2015 and went national last year.



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82nd to make its podcast debut

The first episode will be an introduction of sorts to the 82nd Airborne and its podcast plans. The second episode will start with the division -- then simply the 82nd Infantry Division -- being thrust into its first conflict during World War I.


It's 'eyes left' this time for Air Force Academy cadets marching in inaugural parade

When Air Force Academy cadets march Friday in Washington, D.C., in the inaugural parade following President-elect Donald Trump's swearing in ceremony, they'll be obeying an unfamiliar command.


Yokosuka mayor thanks Marines, sailors for help after deadly crash

The city of Yokosuka honored servicemembers Monday for their rapid rescue efforts after a car plunged five stories from atop a parking garage with five people inside.


Man convicted in 2015 death of woman struck, killed by Coast Guard patrol boat

Investigators say Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez was in the water trying to guide the woman through the Brownsville Ship Channel when she was hit by a Coast Guard vessel on patrol.


Family identifies Marine killed during training in Twentynine Palms, California

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, was killed during unit training, his father said in an interview. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center announced the death in a Facebook post Saturday night and noted that another Marine was injured.


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82nd to make its podcast debut

The first episode will be an introduction of sorts to the 82nd Airborne and its podcast plans. The second episode will start with the division -- then simply the 82nd Infantry Division -- being thrust into its first conflict during World War I.


It's 'eyes left' this time for Air Force Academy cadets marching in inaugural parade

When Air Force Academy cadets march Friday in Washington, D.C., in the inaugural parade following President-elect Donald Trump's swearing in ceremony, they'll be obeying an unfamiliar command.


Yokosuka mayor thanks Marines, sailors for help after deadly crash

The city of Yokosuka honored servicemembers Monday for their rapid rescue efforts after a car plunged five stories from atop a parking garage with five people inside.


Man convicted in 2015 death of woman struck, killed by Coast Guard patrol boat

Investigators say Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez was in the water trying to guide the woman through the Brownsville Ship Channel when she was hit by a Coast Guard vessel on patrol.


Family identifies Marine killed during training in Twentynine Palms, California

Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, was killed during unit training, his father said in an interview. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center announced the death in a Facebook post Saturday night and noted that another Marine was injured.



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Army holds off American University, 53-49 for 1st Patriot League win

Matt Wilson scored 13 points off the Army bench and Luke Morrison and Jordan Fox each added 11 as the Black Knights beat American University Saturday afternoon.


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Army holds off American University, 53-49 for 1st Patriot League win

Matt Wilson scored 13 points off the Army bench and Luke Morrison and Jordan Fox each added 11 as the Black Knights beat American University Saturday afternoon.



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