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In Zanzibar, Tanzania, in Episode 4 of this season's "The Amazing Race," U.S. Army Maj. Tara Carr, left, and her race partner, Boston police Sgt. Joey Covino, make a choice between two possible challenges.<br>Photo courtesy of CBS Broadcasting

Military experience spurs Army major to the head of 'Amazing Race'

A U.S. Army major deployed to Afghanistan is among the 22 contestants competing for a $1 million prize on the current season of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.”

US objects after Turkish jets strike Kurds in Syria, Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq, including fighters who are U.S. allies in the battle against Islamic State, drawing a rebuke from the State Department.

Medevac crews don’t hesitate to swoop in when needed

Pilots flying medical evacuation missions over Mosul don’t get a say in where they land. They often have little time to plan their flights, with just 15 minutes from when a call comes in to when they’ve got to be in the air.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.

Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Iraqi troops on Tuesday drove out Islamic State militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major development in the months-long fight to recapture the country's second-largest city.

Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

A military statement says the targets that were hit in the early hours of Tuesday were located on the Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and also in a mountainous region in Syria.

Palestinian activist pleads guilty to US immigration crime

A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing those convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship.

UN chief says Yemen aid conference draws $1.1 billion in pledges

The U.N. secretary-general says international donors at a Geneva aid conference have pledged $1.1 billion to help beleaguered, war-torn Yemen this year.

Islamic State car bomb kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai

An Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing four members of a powerful local tribe and wounding others, Egyptian security officials said.

Mattis will provide recommendation soon on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will soon make a recommendation to President Donald Trump for an updated strategy in Afghanistan that could include deploying more American troops there after visiting Monday with top leaders in the war-torn country.

Top officials say US must confront Russia for arming Taliban

The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.

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