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  1. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi listens to a question during a Sept. 17 with The Associated Press in Baghdad. Iraq's new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Iraq premier nixes U.S. ground troops

    Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the '

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  2. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: U.S. troops in Iraq could call in airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend

    A senior Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  4. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    Wounded, injured soldiers biking from post to post

    About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who have been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. President Obama, with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of the US Central Command, before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq

    President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  6. NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Relatives of a U.S. Naval reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed in the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing

    Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. Iraqi soldiers brandish their weapons during a military training exercise Sunday in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra. About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners

    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. About one-quarter of Americans ages 17 to 24 are considered too fat to serve in the military. A group of 450 retired generals and admirals see nutritional requirements as key to reversing that trend. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Stay the course on school lunches, retired brass say

    About seven in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a new report from a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to improve that situation.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Dr. Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said the report appears designed to 'minimize the scandal and protect its perpetrators rather than to provide the truth.' Ross D. Franklin / AP

    Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

    A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a 'whitewash' that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  9. Vice President Biden speaks to reporters during a stop at the Waveland Cafe in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess

    Vice President Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  10. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, the ranking member, arrive on Sept. 17 as the panel holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

    The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  11. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    Senate committee: China-backed hackers penetrated TRANSCOM contractor networks 20 times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about U.S. military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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    A new Islamic State video taunts President Obama and U.S. troops. Charles Dharapak / AP

    New Islamic State video taunts Obama, U.S. troops

    The Islamic State is taunting President Obama via video.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  12. New assignments announced for five generals

    Five generals are going to new assignments, four of them with medical commands, the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, announced Wednesday. They are:

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  13. Toddler ignores military protocol, greets mom

    Cooper Waldvogel loves his mom more than military protocol. And Facebook loves him for it.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. It's easier for tattooed soldiers to earn a commission under the revised version of AR 670-1. AFP/Getty Images/Johannes Eisele

    Army releases new rules for tattoos and hair

    The Army on Tuesday unveiled its latest update to AR 670-1, its grooming and appearance regulation.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  15. Vice President Joe Biden provided the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2012 graduation and commissioning ceremony at Michie Stadium. Mike Strasser / U.S. Military Academy

    As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret

    During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    A convoy of Islamic State fighters is seen entering Iraq's Anbar province in January. AP

    5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities

    Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  16. President Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 16 in Atlanta. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  17. In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is featured in the South Charleston, W.Va. Christmas Parade. Lynch has landed a lead role in a Christian film. Morgantown-based JC Films is producing 'One Church,' being shot this month in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Bob Bird/The Associated Press

    Former POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  18. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says

    President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    Soldier dies at Fort Polk; second fatal training incident in 2 months

    A specialist died Sept. 9 in a training accident at Fort Polk, Louisiana, becoming the second training fatality at the base in less than two months.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  19. IG: Sexual assault investigators should improve methods

    Military investigators responding to reports of sexual assaults do not always follow the widely accepted standards set by civilian police agencies, according to a new Pentagon Inspector General's report.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  20. Iraqi lawmakers attend a Sept. 8 session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Sept. 16 leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. Karim Kadim / AP

    Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadiís nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.

    • Sep. 16, 2014

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