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U.S. and South Korean guards stand at the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Nov. 1, 2015.<br>James Kimber/Stars and Stripes

N. Korea threatens to shoot out lights at truce village

North Korea threatened to fire at lighting equipment on the heavily militarized border dividing the peninsula, saying U.S. and South Korean troops were provoking the other side with floodlights.

20:50 August 27, 2016
Peshmerga soldiers conduct tactical movements during a live-fire exercise under the supervision and instruction of Italian soldiers near Erbil, Iraq, March 28, 2016. Kurdish fighters could play a significant role in helping liberate Mosul from the Islamic State.<br>Jessica Hurst/U.S. Army

Battle for Mosul appears to be entering final stage

A sniper lurks among desolated buildings of an abandoned village just over the hillside where Kurdish soldiers are dug in behind a berm, but Serbest Tivanisi, the Kurdish sector commander, doesn’t flinch as he peers over the sandbags.

18:10 August 27, 2016
A Sailor watches as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 26, 2016.<br>Bobby Baldock/U.S. Navy

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Navy faces 'new normal' in Persian Gulf: more Iran provocations

U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf can expect increased harassment by Iranian vessels as Iran’s hard-liners seek to bolster their position ahead of next year’s Iranian election and the U.S. is absorbed in its own electoral campaign.

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Zeravani, a specialized branch of the Peshmerga soldiers, conduct a tactical withdrawal during a patrol training exercise at Bnaslawa, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2016.<br>Kalie Jones/U.S. Army

US intelligence indicates a weaker Islamic State

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria’s border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

15:31 August 27, 2016
Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.<br>Halit Onur Sandal/AP

Report: Turkish soldier killed, 3 wounded in northeastern Syria

Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

17:02 August 27, 2016
A pair of stranded mariners signal for help as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew flies over in support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission on an uninhabited island in Micronesia on Aug. 25, 2016.<br>U.S. Navy

'SOS' in sand on remote island leads search crews to stranded mariners

The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports.

12:46 August 27, 2016
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