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U.S. troops embedded with Iraqi forces have been engaged in combat as they move closer to the front lines in the battle for Mosul, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said Wednesday.



Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

Officials have been forced to indefinitely suspend some child care programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Fort Knox, Ky., to compensate for staffing vacancies they can’t fill because of the measure.


Search continues for lost US skier in Japan

Japanese police, helped by American volunteers, scoured an avalanche-prone valley in the Japanese Alps on Wednesday for a Navy civilian who went missing while skiing.


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Rieckhoff denies claims IAVA misused grants

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff has denied allegations that he had pressured the staff to misuse grant money and mislead donors.


Away from Iraq's front lines, the Islamic State is creeping back in

The Islamic State is nearing defeat on the battlefield, but away from the front lines its members are seeping back into areas the group once controlled, taking advantage of rampant corruption in Iraq's security forces and institutions.


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Marines, airmen eat venomous critters while training in Thailand

Servicemembers expanded their palates during jungle-survival training, as part of the multinational Cobra Gold exercise underway in Thailand.



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House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.


North Korea blasts Malaysia for death of its national

North Korea says a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother.


McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.


Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

Officials have been forced to indefinitely suspend some child care programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Fort Knox, Ky., to compensate for staffing vacancies they can’t fill because of the measure.


Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.


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House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.


North Korea blasts Malaysia for death of its national

North Korea says a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother.


McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.


Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

Officials have been forced to indefinitely suspend some child care programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Fort Knox, Ky., to compensate for staffing vacancies they can’t fill because of the measure.


Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.



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American Legion defends VA health care, still trying to meet with Trump

The American Legion is trying to arrange a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss the importance of veterans service organizations, the group’s executive director said Wednesday.



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Convicted Afghan 'kill team' leader will get new day in court at Fort Leavenworth

Five years after his conviction for masterminding the murders of three Afghan civilians in 2010, former Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs will get another chance to prove his innocence when he returns to a military courtroom in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., next Tuesday.


US forces must do more to keep lethal edge, military commanders urge

The call for renewed military strength was the predominate message during the first day of the West 2017 gathering of the nation’s top brass and security experts at the downtown San Diego Convention Center.


Plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

President Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast. When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.


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Convicted Afghan 'kill team' leader will get new day in court at Fort Leavenworth

Five years after his conviction for masterminding the murders of three Afghan civilians in 2010, former Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs will get another chance to prove his innocence when he returns to a military courtroom in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., next Tuesday.


US forces must do more to keep lethal edge, military commanders urge

The call for renewed military strength was the predominate message during the first day of the West 2017 gathering of the nation’s top brass and security experts at the downtown San Diego Convention Center.


Plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

President Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast. When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.



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European girls basketball roundup

Favored teams back up seedings

Stuttgart, Lakenheath clinch semifinal spots after two games, while top-seeded Black Forest does the same in D-II.


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European girls basketball roundup

Favored teams back up seedings

Stuttgart, Lakenheath clinch semifinal spots after two games, while top-seeded Black Forest does the same in D-II.



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