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The Iraqi Interior Ministry has ordered an investigation into alleged abuses by Iraqi security forces near Mosul earlier in the campaign to retake the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State, according to local media.


S. Korean military convicts soldier for having gay sex, drawing criticism from rights groups

A South Korean military court convicted a soldier Wednesday for having gay sex, prompting an international rights group to urge the country’s new government to repeal its “archaic and discriminatory” laws.


Trump’s proposed Pentagon budget calls for pay raises and more servicemembers, training

The Pentagon unveiled a $639.1 billion budget request Tuesday aimed at expanding the Navy and Air Force and improving military readiness through increased training.


House passes VA appeals bill and five other veterans measures

The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday aiming to shorten the amount of time veterans wait for earned benefits, a process that takes an average of six years when a veteran is forced to appeal a claim with the Board of Veterans' Appeals.



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Brussels-bound Trump armed with demands for NATO

When President Donald Trump arrives at NATO headquarters on Thursday, allies will be under intense pressure to live up to demands from an American administration that has threatened to make the thorny issue of increased allied defense spending a condition for guaranteeing U.S. commitment to 68-year-old military pact.


Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Military presence stepped up as Britain faces raised threat

Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber.



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Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Top officials in President Donald Trump's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals.


S. Korean military convicts soldier for having gay sex, drawing criticism from rights groups

A South Korean military court convicted a soldier Wednesday for having gay sex, prompting an international rights group to urge the country’s new government to repeal its “archaic and discriminatory” laws.


Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.


Iraq orders investigation into abuses by security forces in anti-ISIS campaign

The Iraqi Interior Ministry has ordered an investigation into alleged abuses by Iraqi security forces near Mosul earlier in the campaign to retake the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State, according to local media.


US chooses Nigeria for next Army chiefs summit despite human rights concern

As the African Land Forces Summit ended recently in this southern African nation whose tiny military specializes in peacekeeping, plans were already being laid for next year’s meeting in a location at the center of some of the continent’s most pressing problems.


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Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Top officials in President Donald Trump's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals.


S. Korean military convicts soldier for having gay sex, drawing criticism from rights groups

A South Korean military court convicted a soldier Wednesday for having gay sex, prompting an international rights group to urge the country’s new government to repeal its “archaic and discriminatory” laws.


Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.


Iraq orders investigation into abuses by security forces in anti-ISIS campaign

The Iraqi Interior Ministry has ordered an investigation into alleged abuses by Iraqi security forces near Mosul earlier in the campaign to retake the country’s second largest city from the Islamic State, according to local media.


US chooses Nigeria for next Army chiefs summit despite human rights concern

As the African Land Forces Summit ended recently in this southern African nation whose tiny military specializes in peacekeeping, plans were already being laid for next year’s meeting in a location at the center of some of the continent’s most pressing problems.



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Valor Games competition transforms disabled veteran's life

Army veteran Marcus Alston-Leggett competed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center as part of the Valor Games Southeast, a three-day adaptive sports competition hosted by Bridge II Sports designed for disabled veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.



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Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Robins Air Force Base squad travels wide area to send veterans out with honor

The Robins Honor Guard is most visible to the community when performing at public ceremonies at the Museum of Aviation and elsewhere. But its primary task is to serve in the funerals of Air Force veterans.


Army: $8 billion budget increase in 2018 to fund anti-ISIS operations, modernization

President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $166.1 billion for the Army in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which if passed would represent the second consecutive year of increased funding to the service to restore forces and equipment used in operations against the Islamic State and to ramp up U.S. presence in Europe.


Marines zero in on overseas contingency operations with 2018 budget request

As part of the proposed Navy budget for fiscal year 2018, the Marine Corp would receive $27.7 billion, with just over $1.3 billion of that from Overseas Contingency Operation funds.


Smuggler gets nearly 7 years for Texas ship channel death

A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas.


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Fake Navy SEAL gets 4 years in prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to four years in prison for theft and faking paperwork. He also claimed he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Robins Air Force Base squad travels wide area to send veterans out with honor

The Robins Honor Guard is most visible to the community when performing at public ceremonies at the Museum of Aviation and elsewhere. But its primary task is to serve in the funerals of Air Force veterans.


Army: $8 billion budget increase in 2018 to fund anti-ISIS operations, modernization

President Donald Trump’s administration has requested $166.1 billion for the Army in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which if passed would represent the second consecutive year of increased funding to the service to restore forces and equipment used in operations against the Islamic State and to ramp up U.S. presence in Europe.


Marines zero in on overseas contingency operations with 2018 budget request

As part of the proposed Navy budget for fiscal year 2018, the Marine Corp would receive $27.7 billion, with just over $1.3 billion of that from Overseas Contingency Operation funds.


Smuggler gets nearly 7 years for Texas ship channel death

A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas.



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Navy lacrosse heads to its first Final Four with help

Alumni of the Navy women's lacrosse team poured into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on flights and in cars, coming not just from the Washington area but from Naval installations in Virginia, Texas, California and Hawaii to see their Mids make history.


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Navy lacrosse heads to its first Final Four with help

Alumni of the Navy women's lacrosse team poured into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on flights and in cars, coming not just from the Washington area but from Naval installations in Virginia, Texas, California and Hawaii to see their Mids make history.



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