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  1. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed with passports, IS fighters could threaten U.S.

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. Kathy Willens / AP

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. Moonlight illuminates the forecastle aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole on Oct. 10, 2009, as sailors conduct an early morning replenishment-at-sea. The USS Cole is leaving Virginia on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding waters DoD

    USS Cole deploys to the Mediterranean

    The USS Cole is leaving Virginia on a six-month deployment.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  4. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  5. Air Force: Airman found dead at Cannon AFB

    The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  6. The Army is close to announcing changes to its tattoo policy as it pertains to enlisted soldiers hoping to go officer or make warrant. Staff Sgt. Xaime Hernandez/Army

    Tattoo policy changes are coming soon

    Tattooed soldiers seeking to trade in their sergeant's stripes for a lieutenant's bar may soon see some relief from one of the Army's most controversial regulations.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Tech. Sgt. Michael Lundell, 368th Recruiting Squadron recruiter, meets Oct. 13 with a possible delayed entry program candidate in West Valley, Utah. Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault / Air Force

    Air Force to consolidate recruiting offices, increase staffing

    Most Air Force recruiting offices are staffed by one person, and that doesn't sit well with the Air Force's top training officer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to reporters on Aug. 21 in his office in Annapolis, Md. Brian Witte/AP

    Superintendent lays out vision for Naval Academy

    In his first wide-ranging interview since taking the helm at the U.S. Naval Academy a month ago, Vice Adm.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. Marines conduct mock raids at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam during Exercise Gauhan Shield. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work detailed plans to make Guam a hub for Marines in the Asia-Pacific region. Lance Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins / Marine Corps

    Deputy SecDef details plans to make Guam a hub for Marines

    Counter to an earlier plan to keep single Marines in Japan and send just those with dependents to Guam, single Marines will also rotate through the tiny island in the coming years, making it a major hub for the Corps' operations in the Asia-Pacific region

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  10. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. Army

    Fort Bragg-based SFC killed in Afghanistan combat

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Leggett was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department reported.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  11. Navy officials have decided to separate Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims, a 12-year sailor, for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle, according to a Wednesday statement from the chief of naval personnel's office. Courtesy of HM2 Jessica Sims

    Officials decide to boot HM2 for her locks

    Navy officials have decided to separate a 12-year African-American sailor for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  12. The GAO has found that the Defense Department violated policy when officials exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's safe return. AP/Eugene R. Fidell

    GAO: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  13. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  14. Erin Corwin's body was found seven weeks after her husband, a Marine stationed at the base in Twentynine Palms, reported her missing. Christopher Brandon Lee, who lived near the Corwins on the base, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in her death. The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun

    DA: Christopher Lee could face 2nd murder charge

    California law is very clear about the murder of an unborn child, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told The Desert Sun on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  15. Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak were found dead Oct. 15, 2008, in their California home. A judge on Friday sentenced one man to death and another to two life terms in prison for the murders. Courtesy photo

    Death recommended in slaying of Marine couple

    Jurors on Thursday recommended a death sentence for a former Marine convicted of killing another Marine and the man's wife in their Southern California home in 2008, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  16. Missouri National Guard troops are deployed Aug. 19 to provide protection for a police command center in Ferguson, Mo. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Missouri governor orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson

    After a night of relative calm, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered National Guard troops to begin a '

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to reporters on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in his office in Annapolis, Md. Carter said he wants to focus on continuing efforts to build a cybersecurity center on campus, ensuring students get a strong foundation in leadership and ethics and maintaining and even boosting study abroad opportunities. (AP Photo/Brian Witte) Brian Witte / AP

    Naval Academy chief says no double standard for athletes

    The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is 'a cultural issue' in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  18. Retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman Army

    Gowdy hires retired Army 3-star for Benghazi probe

    The former top lawyer for the Army will be chief counsel for Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  19. Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, an alumnus, does the Longhorns' Hook 'em Horns hand signal during his commencement keynote address in May at the University of Texas in Austin. Marsha Miller/The Associated Press

    McRaven confirmed as new UT system chancellor

    Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  20. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He is scheduled to appear at Camp Lejeune Thursday in an Article 32 hearing. Dylan Moore/AP

    Article 32 decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

    A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  21. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  22. The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has left its port in Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. PH3 Bruce W. Moore / Navy

    USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  23. Mark Paslavsky, a West Point grad and volunteer in the Ukraine army was killed in a street battle on Tuesday. Via Facebook

    West Point grad, Ukrainian private, dies in battle

    A U.S. Military Academy graduate who became a private in an all-volunteer Ukrainian army unit died Tuesday during a 'street battle' with pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's interior minister wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  24. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform  including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  25. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sept. 1, 2013. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress on Iraq

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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