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Defense chief Hagel calls the troops on Thanksgiving

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 3 min ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, following a whirlwind few days in which he resigned as Pentagon chief, carried through on a holiday tradition of his on Thursday: Making phone calls to a handful of U.S. servicemembers who are overseas.

CNO spends Thanksgiving with USS Vinson sailors

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 3 min ago
Even as the U.S. Navy’s top officer was serving cake to enlisted sailors on the mess decks during a special Thanksgiving Day meal, flight deck crews were launching aircraft in support of the ongoing strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Time for Obama to listen

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 15 min ago
It’s a bit astonishing to think about, but President Barack Obama has now been criticized by three secretaries of defense and one secretary of state who served under him. And, while the message may sometimes have been more implicit than explicit, or more subtle from some lips than others, a seemingly shared concern is that he may be riskily mismanaging our national security.

Pentagon aims to train 'leaner, meaner Iraqi army'

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 24 min ago
After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew.

Community rallies to help Montana veteran's hunt

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 44 min ago
Sgt. Brian Messersmith tells his story in the calm and direct way you'd expect from a solider.

Russian warships wait out storm in English Channel

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 4 min ago
The Russian defense ministry says its warships have entered the English Channel to wait out a storm following a week of maneuvers in the North Sea.

7 brothers, 300 letters home

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 13 min ago
The newly-trained pilot was full of nervous excitement, flying his Navy dive bomber at the head of a formation. He peeled off from the group to land on the aircraft carrier below, but he was coming in too slowly.

1 officer killed, 107 Islamists arrested in Egypt

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 26 min ago
Government officials say a senior Egyptian army officer was killed while security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 36 min ago
Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 45 min ago
Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.

Civil War raider sinks off Newport News

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 12 min ago
When Union sailors steamed into Hampton Roads with the captured CSS Florida in mid-November 1864, many of their countrymen on the East Coast embraced news of the unexpected trophy as if they had been delivered.

India believes its abducted workers in Iraq are alive

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 28 min ago
The Indian government believes 39 Indian citizens abducted nearly six months ago by the Islamic State group near the Iraqi town of Mosul are alive.

Rebels push forward in southern Syria

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 43 min ago
Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power.

Veteran, down to bread, rice, thankful for basket of food

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 17 min ago
William Ratliff never expected to be standing inside Middletown Family Service two days before Thanksgiving. But there he was Tuesday morning — like more than 200 other people — receiving his grocery cart full of groceries just in time for the holidays.

Fort Bragg soldiers serving in Afghanistan say they are thankful

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 18 min ago
They're thankful to be here. And thankful they're going home. Some said they were thankful for wives or children. Or for care packages from strangers in the Fayetteville area. Fort Bragg soldiers serving in Afghanistan gathered Thursday as a family, even though they are far from home.

Afghanistan hit by string of Taliban attacks

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 25 min ago
A Taliban suicide blast rocked a Kabul district that houses many embassies and foreign compounds, just hours after a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle killed at least six people.

Indian army base targeted in Kashmir attack

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 27 min ago
A group of heavily armed men have killed three soldiers and four civilians in an attack on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Indian army has said.

Stanton graduate saw military policy made in D.C., then up close as Green Beret in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 29 min ago
From the Westside to the White House and from Afghanistan to the Pentagon, Jacksonville native Michael G. Waltz stands out.

Ethnic Kurds in U.S. traumatized by crisis in Iraq

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 30 min ago
Haider Elias boarded a plane to the United States from Iraq five years ago, leaving a life of war, ethnic violence and, as a Yazidi, religious persecution.

At Fort Meade, being served Thanksgiving meal by commanders is pure gravy

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 37 min ago
When Fort Meade's top leaders cover their dress blues with aprons to carve turkeys, the soldiers stand in line for the chance to tell their bosses where to drop the meat on a plate. Then those service members wade through the chow line for seconds.
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