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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.


US advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

U.S. military advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against the Islamic State, a sign of President Donald Trump’s willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they’ve had since Iraq’s ground war against the militants was launched more than two years ago.


Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser

President Donald Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Pence: Patience of American people being tested by NATO

NATO allies must accelerate defense spending this year in answer to a U.S. demand that Europe carry a heavier burden — or face consequences, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels.


Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the US is not there to take oil

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq’s capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants.


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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.