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A lawsuit was filed Monday against Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie over his decision to delay claims processing for tens of thousands of “Blue Water” Navy veterans until next year.



Missing petty officer who went overboard carrier in Arabian Sea identified

The search for Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana was called off Friday after “extensive attempts to locate the sailor” involving three ships and aircraft from two patrol squadrons, 5th Fleet said.


Afghan airstrike blamed for 9 civilian deaths

An Afghan airstrike launched against a Taliban target has killed at least nine civilians, including children, Afghan officials said Monday.


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Fighter prototype and pilot-optional aircraft draw crowds at British air show

The roar of jet engines was the soundtrack as more than two dozen nations and aeronautical companies showcased next-generation aircraft designs and debuted new product lines at Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo.



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Episode 15: Exploring the murky, mysterious world of Russian military contracting

This week we're looking at a private Russian paramilitary force that is a global threat, even though it isn’t formally recognized by its government.

We also delve into how Russian contractors are influencing policies, affecting trade and even shaping the politics of central African nations.

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‘Freedom juice’: KC-10s work to keep fighter pilots in the battle during Talisman Sabre

Usually, a U.S. KC-10 refuels only American aircraft, but allied forces practice working together during a monthlong air, land and sea exercise led by the U.S. and Australia.


ISIS militants return to Iraq, continue fight

Islamic State militants who escaped the defeat of their self-described caliphate in Syria earlier this year have been slipping across the border into Iraq, bolstering a low-level insurgency the group is now waging across the central and northern part of the country, according to security officials.


Army microbiologist helps battle mosquito-borne illnesses from lab Down Under

A U.S. Army-run laboratory on an Australian military base is helping protect troops from mosquito-borne diseases in tropical environments such as the training areas used in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under.


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Trump wants Pakistan to help ‘extricate’ US from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is high on President Donald Trump’s agenda as he meets with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan. Their testy relationship might be improving. Trump has said Pakistan can use its influence with the Taliban to help the U.S. “extricate” from Afghanistan.


‘Freedom juice’: KC-10s work to keep fighter pilots in the battle during Talisman Sabre

Usually, a U.S. KC-10 refuels only American aircraft, but allied forces practice working together during a monthlong air, land and sea exercise led by the U.S. and Australia.


GALLERY

Fighter prototype and pilot-optional aircraft draw crowds at British air show

The roar of jet engines was the soundtrack as more than two dozen nations and aeronautical companies showcased next-generation aircraft designs and debuted new product lines at Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo.


Afghan airstrike blamed for 9 civilian deaths

An Afghan airstrike launched against a Taliban target has killed at least nine civilians, including children, Afghan officials said Monday.


He once attacked Tripoli; now this militia leader defends it

Ten months ago, Salah Badi was the curse of Libya's capital. Today, Badi is one of Tripoli's defenders. He fights for the very U.N.-installed government he tried to oust. That government, in turn, is backed by some of the Western powers that imposed sanctions on him.


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Trump wants Pakistan to help ‘extricate’ US from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is high on President Donald Trump’s agenda as he meets with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan. Their testy relationship might be improving. Trump has said Pakistan can use its influence with the Taliban to help the U.S. “extricate” from Afghanistan.


‘Freedom juice’: KC-10s work to keep fighter pilots in the battle during Talisman Sabre

Usually, a U.S. KC-10 refuels only American aircraft, but allied forces practice working together during a monthlong air, land and sea exercise led by the U.S. and Australia.


GALLERY

Fighter prototype and pilot-optional aircraft draw crowds at British air show

The roar of jet engines was the soundtrack as more than two dozen nations and aeronautical companies showcased next-generation aircraft designs and debuted new product lines at Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo.


Afghan airstrike blamed for 9 civilian deaths

An Afghan airstrike launched against a Taliban target has killed at least nine civilians, including children, Afghan officials said Monday.


He once attacked Tripoli; now this militia leader defends it

Ten months ago, Salah Badi was the curse of Libya's capital. Today, Badi is one of Tripoli's defenders. He fights for the very U.N.-installed government he tried to oust. That government, in turn, is backed by some of the Western powers that imposed sanctions on him.



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Lawsuit filed against VA secretary over delaying benefits for Blue Water Navy vets

A lawsuit was filed Monday against Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie over his decision to delay claims processing for tens of thousands of “Blue Water” Navy veterans until next year.



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State grants helping Florida city protect military presence

Jacksonville, Fla., officials are getting state help to protect operations at the city's Navy bases by paying some neighbors to not develop their property.


Army lets slip that it's conducting secret operation around Washington

The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers.


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Fighter prototype and pilot-optional aircraft draw crowds at British air show

The roar of jet engines was the soundtrack as more than two dozen nations and aeronautical companies showcased next-generation aircraft designs and debuted new product lines at Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo.


Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit

In a speech aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro ported at Naval Air Station North Island, Vice President Mike Pence told members of the Coast Guard that their work was pivotal to saving American lives.


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State grants helping Florida city protect military presence

Jacksonville, Fla., officials are getting state help to protect operations at the city's Navy bases by paying some neighbors to not develop their property.


Army lets slip that it's conducting secret operation around Washington

The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers.


GALLERY

Fighter prototype and pilot-optional aircraft draw crowds at British air show

The roar of jet engines was the soundtrack as more than two dozen nations and aeronautical companies showcased next-generation aircraft designs and debuted new product lines at Britain’s Royal International Air Tattoo.


Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit

In a speech aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro ported at Naval Air Station North Island, Vice President Mike Pence told members of the Coast Guard that their work was pivotal to saving American lives.



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Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony features both a small-town feel and an international flavor

Mariano Rivera fans waived Panamanian flags and Edgar Martinez expressed impassioned gratitude to his native Puerto Rico, while former Orioles Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and Lee Smith paid tribute to small-town America.


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Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony features both a small-town feel and an international flavor

Mariano Rivera fans waived Panamanian flags and Edgar Martinez expressed impassioned gratitude to his native Puerto Rico, while former Orioles Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and Lee Smith paid tribute to small-town America.