In this image made from video, smoke rises from a building where two militants are believed to be holed up, according to Rudaw TV, in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday in an assault quickly claimed by the Islamic State group and likely aimed at diverting authorities' attention for the battle to retake IS-held Mosul. <br>Rudaw TV via AP

Islamic State in Iraq attacks Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.

450 National Guard members mobilized for the Middle East

The soldiers, which make up the famed 29th Infantry Division, will provide mission command for 18,000 troops of Operation Spartan Shield and theater security cooperation in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility


USAREUR soldiers vie for German military proficiency badge

Fourteen soldiers from the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade earned the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency after competing for three days in a battery of events designed to test their physical and mental strength as well as their marksmanship.


Spangdahlem families, airmen reunite after 6-month combat deployment

A cold, dreary Thursday morning couldn’t dampen the giddy spirits of the families who welcomed home more than 160 airmen from the 606th Air Control Squadron.

As the offensive in Iraq begins, a Mosul refugee enlists with the Marines

She was young and could not speak English, but the Iraqi-born girl could tell the Marines from the others. One Marine from her childhood stood out when he offered her a mint chocolate bar. Somehow, she decided right then, she was going to be a Marine.

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Government alleges massive theft by NSA contractor

Harold Martin III took at least 50 terabytes of data and "six full banker's boxes worth of documents," with many lying open in his home office or kept on his car's back seat and in the trunk, the government alleged.

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Filipino protesters want police in brutal dispersal punished

Hundreds of Filipinos protesting Friday outside the presidential palace burned a mock U.S. flag and asked President Rodrigo Duterte to punish police officers for brutally dispersing an anti-U.S. rally and ramming a van into some of the activists.

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  • House Republicans make case for Trump defense plan

    Hours ahead of the final presidential debate, a dozen House Republicans released an open letter of support Wednesday for Donald Trump’s defense plans and claimed that President Barack Obama’s administration has thrust reckless budget cuts on the military.

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