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The USS Lake Champlain transits the Pacific Ocean in 2014.<br>Dustin Knight/U.S. Navy

USS Lake Champlain captain, crew members were disciplined for May collision

The commander of a U.S. warship that collided with a South Korean fishing vessel last spring was disciplined along with several members of his crew, the Navy revealed Tuesday.


Firm pays $2.6M settlement after hiring base guards in Iraq who US says couldn’t shoot

A security firm accused of billing the Defense Department millions of dollars for guards at a U.S. air base in Iraq has agreed to pay $2.6 million in a settlement with the government, after allegations that the guards couldn’t shoot easy targets.


Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving ISIS from the country's east, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated its control over Idlib, and may be looking to return to Osama bin Laden's strategy of attacking the West.

American woman rescued from Afghanistan rushed to hospital

Caitlan Boyle, her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children were rescued Wednesday, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity.


How US Army Europe’s outgoing general got the Pentagon’s attention

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges’ three-year tenure at USAREUR has been arguably the most consequential in Europe since the end of the Cold War, with the Army serving as the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s efforts to energize what had been a languishing military mission.



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DOD mulls more money for reservists who travel a long way to serve

U.S. military reservists who travel a long way to serve — and in some cases spend their drill pay to do so — may see their expenses reduced by as much as two-thirds as the Pentagon considers changes to the reserve travel policy as a retention tool.




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Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving ISIS from the country's east, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated its control over Idlib, and may be looking to return to Osama bin Laden's strategy of attacking the West.