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The officials also said an unspecified number of Americans were wounded in the attack, which took place near a coalition patrol, according to a defense official speaking on condition of anonymity.



Administration calls nearly 50,000 back to work, unpaid, as shutdown continues

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it has called back tens of thousands of federal workers to fulfill key government tasks, including disbursing tax refunds, overseeing flight safety and inspecting the nation's food and drug supply, as it seeks to blunt the impact of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.


Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett nominated to lead FORSCOM

Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett was recently listed as one of the next military officials in line for promotion to become a four-star Army general, according to congressional records. His nomination was received by the Senate on Jan. 9.


Report: China has some of world’s most advanced weapons, remains ‘long way’ from US military

China in recent years has poured billions of dollars into developing advanced weapons, some of which outclass U.S. weapons, but with an inexperienced military it remains years away from challenging American security interests globally, the Pentagon’s intelligence agency concluded in a report released Tuesday.


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Junior officer pleads guilty, gets jail time for assaulting ex-girlfriend

A Georgia National Guard first lieutenant pleaded guilty to assaulting a German ex-girlfriend and was sentenced by a military judge to 60 days confinement on Wednesday.


Upcoming video game forces commanders to earn the trust of their troops or face defeat

In many combat-themed games, soldiers are simply a collection of polygons that do what a player commands — but the upcoming World War II battlefield simulator “Burden of Command” shows players the complexity of leading people into battle.


Green Berets practice securing remote islands with elite Japanese paratroopers

About 70 Green Berets stationed on Okinawa and in Alaska participated in this year’s event, jumping 5,500 feet from JGSDF helicopters, while the Japanese paratroopers jumped from Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft.



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Government mistakenly wanted to deport US-born veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.


Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president.


At least 3 US servicemembers die in Syria explosion claimed by ISIS

The officials also said an unspecified number of Americans were wounded in the attack, which took place near a coalition patrol, according to a defense official speaking on condition of anonymity.


Kenya says all gunmen killed in hotel attack that took '14 innocent lives'

Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic militant gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday.


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Government mistakenly wanted to deport US-born veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.


Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president.


At least 3 US servicemembers die in Syria explosion claimed by ISIS

The officials also said an unspecified number of Americans were wounded in the attack, which took place near a coalition patrol, according to a defense official speaking on condition of anonymity.


Kenya says all gunmen killed in hotel attack that took '14 innocent lives'

Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic militant gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday.



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Vietnam-era Medal of Honor recipient Joe Jackson dead at 95

Retired Air Force Col. Joe M. Jackson, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, a veteran of three wars and early U-2 pilot, died Saturday at the age of 95.



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U.S. and British navies conduct first joint military exercises in disputed South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted the operations in the strategic waterway during a period of six days from Friday through Wednesday, the The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.


USAA donates $15 million to Coast Guard families

The donation to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit charity that aids members of the Coast Guard, will help the military and civilian workforce in need, said Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard.


Tour gives Japanese families a rare, up-close look at MCAS Iwakuni

While Japanese nationals can visit MCAS Iwakuni during the popular, annual Friendship Day air show — one of the largest in the Pacific — most of installation is off limits. The recent tour provided local families are rare look at the base.


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U.S. and British navies conduct first joint military exercises in disputed South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted the operations in the strategic waterway during a period of six days from Friday through Wednesday, the The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.


USAA donates $15 million to Coast Guard families

The donation to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit charity that aids members of the Coast Guard, will help the military and civilian workforce in need, said Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard.


Tour gives Japanese families a rare, up-close look at MCAS Iwakuni

While Japanese nationals can visit MCAS Iwakuni during the popular, annual Friendship Day air show — one of the largest in the Pacific — most of installation is off limits. The recent tour provided local families are rare look at the base.