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Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:56
Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.
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House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:28
The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.
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British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:24
The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.
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Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:10
The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.
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TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:47
The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.
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Newest attack sub named for Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:08
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state.
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SECNAV Mabus: Submarine to be named USS Vermont

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:45
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years.
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NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:18
NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.
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Nevada congressman promoted to 1-star in Army Reserve

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:16
Nevada congressman Joe Heck's promotion to one-star general now has the blessing of the U.S. Senate.
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Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:15
A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.
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North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:15
North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
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Senate voting on Syrian rebel aid after House backs Obama

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:02
Leaders of both parties expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.
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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:00
The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against I
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Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:52
The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.
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Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:31
The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday.
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Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:17
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.
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Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:00
Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.
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Border Patrol: Soldier allegedly smuggled immigrants through Texas checkpoint

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:56
Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier who allegedly attempted to bring two undocumented aliens through a Texas checkpoint Sept. 11, hiding them in a pickup truck he was driving while wearing an Army uniform, according to a court document.
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Air Force to Congress: Protect readiness, enact CR

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:22
The leadership of the Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.
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Rare 'moment of stability' seen in 2015 budget

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:20
No need for troops to worry about the beginning of the fiscal year approaching Oct. 1.
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