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In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017 photograph, Lt. Cmdr. William Vuillet speaks to The Associated Press on board the USS George H.W. Bush as it travels through the Persian Gulf. The carrier soon will begin launching airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Vuillet spoke to the AP about the challenges of launching those strikes.<br>Jon Gambrell/AP

US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.



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Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

Although the new standards outlined in a March 17 Tillerson cable are still being refined, and others reiterate existing procedures, they offer a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans to impose "extreme vetting" even though courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued injunctions against portions of the proposed travel ban.




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Army delivers new jungle footwear to Hawaii GIs for final testing

On Thursday some 3,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks started getting new test jungle boots that are in some ways a throwback to the M1966 black leather and green cotton upper boots of Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division’s days there but have evolved with 21st-century technology and needs.




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