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Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, said at a town hall in Vicenza, Italy, on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, that Washington's commitment to increased U.S. military presence in eastern Europe remains "rock solid."

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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.


GALLERY

Air Force delivers 4 Apaches to Germany

Transported in the wide bellies of the largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force, four Apache attack helicopters arrived here on a wind-whipped Wednesday morning, the first of what will likely be many stops as the choppers begin a 9-month deployment in Europe.


Former Iraqi soldier tells German court he held heads on orders

A former Iraqi army soldier has admitted at the start of his war-crimes trial in Germany that he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat, but said he was only following orders.


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.

Last pilot in French-Russian anti-Nazi squadron buried

Russian and French dignitaries are paying their respects to the last pilot in a storied French-Soviet squadron that fought the Nazis on the eastern front together in World War II.


Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

Turkish defense officials say Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow women officers to wear Islamic-style headscarf on duty.


ANALYSIS

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun. For President Donald Trump and his supporters, however, the episode appeared to confirm Trump's vague observation two days earlier that the Scandinavian country was at risk of becoming a breeding ground for extremist attacks.


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