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Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. <br>Nikki Wentling/Stars and Stripes

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.




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Hodges affirms commitment to boost US presence in Europe

Commitments made to increase the U.S. military presence in eastern Europe and the Baltics remain “rock solid” despite statements by President Donald Trump that NATO was “obsolete” and that allies must boost defense spending, the head of U.S. Army Europe said Thursday.




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middle east

Analysis

Use of 'weaponized' drones by Islamic State spurs terrorism fears

Two years after the Islamic State first used commercially purchased drones to conduct surveillance, the militants are showing a growing ambition to use the technology to kill enemies, U.S. officials and terrorism experts say. The threat to troops is serious enough to prompt U.S. and Iraqi commanders to issue warnings to troops near the front lines.