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Iraqi troops mopping up the last enemy resistance in the eastern part of this city have asked for American help in disposing of chemicals in a suspected weapons laboratory captured during an advance that freed thousands from the Islamic State group’s reign of terror.



Taliban hint at opening with Trump as they seek departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan

The insurgent group posted a statement on its website Sunday calling on Trump to “put an end to the invasion.” But it also asked him to “help countries with their development” rather than with “bloodshed and destruction.”


At Veterans Inaugural Ball, focus was on 34 Medal of Honor recipients

There are 76 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, and 34 of them were together in one room together Friday night for the Veterans Inaugural Ball, an event paying tribute not only to newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump but also to those men who earned the nation's highest military award.


Navy struggles to balance maintenance needs, operational requirements

USS George H.W. Bush strike group sailors and their families finally said goodbye on Saturday after an extended maintenance period caused a monthlong postponement of its deployment.



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Trump, amid combative start, pledges to rise to moment

After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was up to the daunting task ahead, as he turned to the business of government.


Prospect of war in space is getting real; congressman wants someone in charge

It sounds like something from a Hollywood thriller. But space and defense experts say it’s something the world’s most advanced spacefaring nations are actually planning for.


Missile failure off Florida? British leader won't say

Britain's prime minister refused to say Sunday whether she knew about an unarmed missile that reportedly failed when it was test-fired off the coast of Florida last year.



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New Bath Iron Works chief: Despite contract loss, shipyard's in good shape

Bath Iron Works’ new president said last year’s loss of a massive Coast Guard contract was a significant blow but efficiencies and improvements made in pursuit of the bid will better position the shipyard for future Navy work.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


2 US soldiers hurt in ammunition truck accident in Poland

A ministry communique issued Sunday said the truck carrying tank ammunition skidded off a slippery road because the driver was going too fast for the winter road conditions.


Suspected US drone strike kills 3 alleged al-Qaida in Yemen

Suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in Yemen's southwestern Bayda province, security and tribal officials said, the first such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency Friday.


Little is known on status of US student held in North Korea

There's been little public word about what has happened to an American college student detained by North Korea, as a new administration takes over one year later amid deep U.S. concerns about the hostile country's nuclear and missile development.


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New Bath Iron Works chief: Despite contract loss, shipyard's in good shape

Bath Iron Works’ new president said last year’s loss of a massive Coast Guard contract was a significant blow but efficiencies and improvements made in pursuit of the bid will better position the shipyard for future Navy work.


US bombers flew from Missouri and killed 80 Islamic State fighters in Libya

U.S. warplanes struck Islamic State encampments in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 terrorists and destroying their makeshift training camps near Sirte, a town the group once dominated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday.


2 US soldiers hurt in ammunition truck accident in Poland

A ministry communique issued Sunday said the truck carrying tank ammunition skidded off a slippery road because the driver was going too fast for the winter road conditions.


Suspected US drone strike kills 3 alleged al-Qaida in Yemen

Suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in Yemen's southwestern Bayda province, security and tribal officials said, the first such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency Friday.


Little is known on status of US student held in North Korea

There's been little public word about what has happened to an American college student detained by North Korea, as a new administration takes over one year later amid deep U.S. concerns about the hostile country's nuclear and missile development.



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Charlie Liteky, who gave back his Medal of Honor, dies

Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist, has died.



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Families bid goodbye as thousands deploy with USS George H.W. Bush

The Bush carrier group will fill the gap in the Middle East left by the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which returned to Norfolk three weeks ago.


Family remembers Marine killed in Twentynine Palms training accident

Hundreds of friends and family have passed through the Ruiz home to share memories of a funny, caring and courageous young man, who aspired to be in the military all his life and who once said he was going to die for his country one day.


Fort Bragg: Soldier's death during physical training was accidental

The death of a Fort Bragg soldier who was hit by a vehicle during training last fall was accidental, investigators have determined.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


Jury seated for trial of Robins airman charged with murder of pregnant fiancee

Charles Amos Wilson, 30, a support member of the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is charged with premeditated murder and death of an unborn child.


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Families bid goodbye as thousands deploy with USS George H.W. Bush

The Bush carrier group will fill the gap in the Middle East left by the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which returned to Norfolk three weeks ago.


Family remembers Marine killed in Twentynine Palms training accident

Hundreds of friends and family have passed through the Ruiz home to share memories of a funny, caring and courageous young man, who aspired to be in the military all his life and who once said he was going to die for his country one day.


Fort Bragg: Soldier's death during physical training was accidental

The death of a Fort Bragg soldier who was hit by a vehicle during training last fall was accidental, investigators have determined.


2 survive plane crash between villages in southwest Alaska

Two people in a small airplane survived when they crashed on a flight between two southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.


Jury seated for trial of Robins airman charged with murder of pregnant fiancee

Charles Amos Wilson, 30, a support member of the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is charged with premeditated murder and death of an unborn child.



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Navy survives late flurry, tops Army 96-80 in OT

Shawn Anderson scored a career-high 30 points, Bryce Dulin tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Navy outscored Army 21-5 in overtime to salvage a 96-80 win on Saturday after the Midshipmen lost a 10-point lead in the final minute of regulation.


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Navy survives late flurry, tops Army 96-80 in OT

Shawn Anderson scored a career-high 30 points, Bryce Dulin tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Navy outscored Army 21-5 in overtime to salvage a 96-80 win on Saturday after the Midshipmen lost a 10-point lead in the final minute of regulation.



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