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Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were the two soldiers killed Wednesday in a raid targeting top Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the possibility their deaths were the result of friendly fire.



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Here’s what the 'mother of all bombs' did for US fight in Afghanistan

The use of the “mother of all bombs” on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts.


Congress has 1 more week to negotiate 2017 spending bill

Over many of their own protestations, lawmakers voted Friday to avert a government shutdown by extending a temporary 2017 spending bill for one more week. The stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, is aimed at giving negotiators from both congressional chambers time to complete a consensus omnibus spending bill.


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'Ballad of the Green Berets' singer’s biographer talks about Barry Sadler’s meteoric rise, murder charge, violent death

In 1966, Army Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, an active-duty Green Beret medic, became a national sensation with his song “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” The Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones had chart-topping hits that year, but it was Sadler’s salute to the Special Forces that finished the year at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart, based on sales and airplay.



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Trump: South Korea should pay $1 billion cost of anti-missile battery

President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay the $1 billion price tag for an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery, prompting widespread outrage in South Korea and complicating the presidential campaign less than two weeks before the election.


Soldier gets suspended sentence, another acquitted in meth-smuggling case

A South Korean court gave a U.S. soldier a suspended five-year prison sentence for smuggling just over 9 pounds of methamphetamine via the U.S. military postal system. Another soldier was acquitted in the case.


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USS Bush launches Super Hornets to pound Islamic State

Supersonic F/A-18 Super Hornets soar off the USS George H.W. Bush to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria at all hours of the day and night.



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Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.


UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally.


Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.


Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Pope Francis urged Egypt's leading imams on Friday to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead, forging ahead with a delicate visit to the Arab world's most populous country following a spate of deadly Islamic militant attacks against Christians.


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Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.


UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally.


Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.


Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

Pope Francis urged Egypt's leading imams on Friday to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead, forging ahead with a delicate visit to the Arab world's most populous country following a spate of deadly Islamic militant attacks against Christians.



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Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.



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Marines relocate Mojave Desert tortoises to allow training

The Marine Corps has relocated more than 900 tortoises from a section of Southern California's Mojave Desert to allow large-scale military training.


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USS Bush launches Super Hornets to pound Islamic State

Supersonic F/A-18 Super Hornets soar off the USS George H.W. Bush to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria at all hours of the day and night.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.


Pentagon IDs Rangers killed in Afghanistan fighting ISIS; possible friendly fire investigated

Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were the two soldiers killed Wednesday in a raid targeting top Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the possibility their deaths were the result of friendly fire.


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Marines relocate Mojave Desert tortoises to allow training

The Marine Corps has relocated more than 900 tortoises from a section of Southern California's Mojave Desert to allow large-scale military training.


GALLERY

USS Bush launches Super Hornets to pound Islamic State

Supersonic F/A-18 Super Hornets soar off the USS George H.W. Bush to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria at all hours of the day and night.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who was held captive and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, will be buried Saturday with full military honors. She died Dec. 8 at the age of 101.


New security requirements for visitors to Beale Air Force Base

California driver’s licenses will be accepted to gain entry to federal facilities, including Beale, until Oct. 17, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. California has been granted an extension to become compliant with the Real ID Act.


Pentagon IDs Rangers killed in Afghanistan fighting ISIS; possible friendly fire investigated

Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were the two soldiers killed Wednesday in a raid targeting top Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which is investigating the possibility their deaths were the result of friendly fire.



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Ramstein sweeps soccer doubleheader from ISB

The girls scored two unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a runaway 4-1 win. But the boys needed a late set-piece score to drag a 1-0 victory out of a physical matchup with their old foe.


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Ramstein sweeps soccer doubleheader from ISB

The girls scored two unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a runaway 4-1 win. But the boys needed a late set-piece score to drag a 1-0 victory out of a physical matchup with their old foe.



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