North Korean soldiers attempt to stop one of their comrades from defecting to the South at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone, Nov. 13, 2017.<br>Screenshot from U.N. Command

North Korea violated armistice with actions taken against soldier who defected, officials say

North Korean troops violated the 1953 armistice as they shot over the border and in one case crossed it themselves while chasing a fellow soldier who was making a dash to the South, the United Nations Command said Wednesday.

Additional remains of soldier killed in Niger found as US investigates ambush

U.S. military officials investigating the deadly ambush on an Army Special Forces team in Niger last month discovered additional remains of an American soldier killed in the attack while combing the scene for evidence, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

US military kills 100 in strike on al-Shabab training camp

A U.S. airstrike on an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia on Tuesday killed more than 100 of the al-Qaida-aligned militants, according to U.S. Africa Command.

House Veterans committee chairman takes oversight on the road

Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs have conducted 23 visits between January and September — many of them to VA facilities accused of wrongdoing. Rep. Phil Roe has been part of about a dozen of those visits, including a three-state trip that began Friday.

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Blackwater founder to appear before House Russia-Trump probe

Erik Prince, the founder of the Blackwater private security firm and a presence during Trump’s presidential transition, is scheduled to appear next week before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize US airstrikes on Taliban drug labs

A newly announced campaign of U.S. and Afghan airstrikes against Taliban-run narcotic centers was met with alarm and criticism Tuesday from political leaders in Helmand province - the heart of Afghanistan's huge opium trade - where officials said 10 such air attacks were carried out in the past week.