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  1. Army names officers selected for promotion to colonel

    The Army announced Thursday the names, branches, functional areas and sequence numbers of the lieutenant colonels recommended for promotion.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  2. President Obama speaks about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28 at the White House. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Obama calls on other nations to fight Islamic State

    President Obama on Thursday shunted aside speculation that he will soon expand the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic extremists into Syria, saying the military mission for now will remain focused on Iraq.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  3. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Joint Special Operations Command, on April 23. Votel assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command during an Aug. 28 ceremony in Tampa, Fla. Carl Woog / Defense Department

    Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  4. Troy Kastigar, left, and Douglas McAuthur McCain. Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff's Office / AP

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  5. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 25 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  6. An image taken from a video uploaded on social networks on Aug. 28 shows men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed by Islamic State (IS) militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province. AFP

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  7. United States U.N. Representative Samantha Power speaks at an Aug. 28 United Nations Security Council meeting about the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian . Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.N. Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    Alarmed members of the U.N. Security Council demanded Thursday that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the Ukraine crisis, while the U.S. ambassador accused Moscow of having 'outright lied.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  8. Rep. Duncan Hunter: '[Islamic State] in Iraq is not an existential threat to us. They're not going to harm the United States. They're bad guys, yes. If you're there.' Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Hunter: Islamic State just 'guys in pajamas,' not an 'existential threat'

    A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  9. President Obama speaks on the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine on Aug. 28 at the White House . Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    President Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying 'we don't have a strategy yet' for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  10. China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights

    China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  11. This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP

    Finland suspects Russian airspace violation

    Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Fort Leavenworth to break ground on new center

    Fort Leavenworth is planning a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a $15.6 million battleground simulation training center.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  12. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser

    Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient

    A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  13. A fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base

    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  14. Members of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, load an Antonov 124 cargo plane with food and other humanitarian aid destined for Erbil in northern Iraq at the airport Leipzig-Halle on Aug. 22 in Schkeuditz, Germany. Ronny Hartmann / Getty Images

    Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. Outgoing commander of ISAF, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and incoming commander, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, right, salute during a change of command ceremony Aug. 26 at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Gen. Dunford: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Promotion board: Raters are fudging facts for senior NCOs

    A recent promotion board tasked with examining the files of first sergeants and master sergeants came upon a stunning realization: Not only were senior NCOs gaining weight to an alarming degree, they were miraculously getting taller.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  17. Spc. Paul Ieti sang a Backstreet Boys song on Tuesday's episode of 'America's Got Talent,' but failed to impress the judges. Chris Haston / NBC

    'America's Got Talent' judges slam soldier's Backstreet Boys rendition

    The 'America's Got Talent' judges were not very kind to Spc. Paul Ieti on Tuesday night's semifinals round.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  18. Fighters from the Islamic State group that captured the Tabqa air base from the Syrian government operate a captured tank, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Reports: 2nd U.S. Islamist fighter killed in Syria

    The Obama administration is investigating reports from Syria that a second American was killed over the weekend while fighting alongside Islamist State extremists.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr will retire as a one-star, the Army announced Wednesday. Dustin Perry/Army

    Two-star general demoted for lack of attention to sex assault case, Army says

    A two-star general has been demoted to one star and will retire after he received punishment for failing to pursue a sex assault claim in his command, the Army announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  19. Sgt. Hasan Akbar, center, is led from the Staff Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2005 during the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Akbar, who was sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait, will have an appeal in military court. Gerry Broome / AP

    Soldier convicted in '03 grenade attack vs. fellow troops will have appeal hearing

    A soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait will have an appeal in military court.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  20. Peter Theo Curtis reads a statement to reporters outside his mother's home on Aug. 27 in Cambridge, Mass. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos and who was held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday. Charles Krupa / AP

    U.S. journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

    A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many 'brave, determined and big-hearted' people were behind efforts to secure his release.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  21. A pro-Russian rebel walks in a passage at the local market damaged by shelling in Petrovskiy district in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities else

    • Aug. 27, 2014

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