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Pentagon confirms that airstrike killed a top al-Shabab leader in Somalia

The Pentagon says a U.S. drone strike in Somalia on Monday killed a senior leader of al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-affiliated group responsible for terrorist attacks in Somalia and neighboring Kenya.

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Military compensation report out by Feb. 1

A congressionally appointed commission will soon deliver key proposals for reining in military personnel costs while keeping pay and benefits generous enough to maintain the quality of the volunteer force, officials say.

Rivals in military religious freedom dispute say rule is unclear

Nearly a year after the Department of Defense issued a heavily revised religious expression policy that advocates said would bring a new level of religious freedom, a dispute at Fort Benning, Ga., is evidence that the new wording hasn’t done away with old disputes.


Army sets the record straight by upgrading 24 awards to Medals of Honor

The Army set the record straight in 2014 for two dozen heroes from past wars — overlooked but not forgotten — who finally took their place among America’s most decorated military members.

Army general sent report on Bergdahl's disappearance

The investigation into the 2009 disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan is one step closer to resolution.


Former Delta Force doctor named top rural physician in America

Dr. John “Rob” Marsh is no typical doctor. Tirelessness and the confidence to operate alone in a crisis — key requirements for rural physicians — were drilled into him in his previous job as the doctor for the Army’s elite Delta Force antiterrorism unit.


Afghanistan 2015: A mission in flux

With violence on the rise and the 13-year-old NATO operation ending this month, the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan appears in flux as the Obama administration works to avoid an Iraq-style breakdown.

Most US troops in Liberia could soon be home

Around the end of the year, most of the almost 3,000 American troops deployed in Liberia to fight an Ebola epidemic will finish their work and be ready to either start returning home or to go assist another country, the top U.S. general for Africa operations said Wednesday.

Reports: Obama expected to nominate Carter to take over Pentagon

Ashton Carter, the former No. 2 civilian at the Pentagon, is the likely pick to succeed outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, media sources reported Tuesday.

Top Air Force PAO denies sending tweet criticizing Obama immigration order

Officials are trying to figure out how the Twitter account of the Air Force’s top public affairs officer waded into the contentious battle over immigration, and are promising to tighten up social media safeguards as a result.

Hagel resigns as secretary of defense

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stepped down Monday, the first Cabinet-level resignation after bruising midterm elections and amid mounting criticism of President Barack Obama’s security and foreign policies.


Chris Carroll

Reporter Chris Carroll covers the Pentagon for the independent military newspaper Stars and Stripes. Previously he worked as a staff writer at National Geographic Magazine, and as a reporter for his hometown paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He began his career in 1996 at the Warsaw Business Journal in Poland, after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He has reported on military and foreign affairs from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has received a number of journalism honors and awards, including publication of his National Geographic story "High Tech Trash" in "Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009." He lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.

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