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Afghanistan’s election stalemate casts shadow on NATO summit

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:09
While U.S. and NATO officials acknowledge the complications caused by Afghanistan's political uncertainty, they insist that the problems don’t detract from the NATO-led coalition’s achievements.

Hijacked Capt. Phillips: 'We're stronger than we know'

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:05
People are tougher than they realize — and they learn it when life-threatening conditions test their mettle, says Capt. Richard Phillips, who survived such an ordeal when pirates hijacked his cargo ship off the coast of Somalia and U.S. Navy SEALs rescued him.

Muslims must take back Islam from murderers

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00
Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims.

Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:23
Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere.

Wales summit will test NATO’s vision in wake of new threats

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:23
“This is the most important summit since the end of the Cold War. If it flunks this now, it would be difficult to see how it would recover its reputation,” said Jonathan Eyal, director of security studies at the Royal United Services Institute. “The reputation of NATO is on the line.”

Hiring process is an adjustment for veterans ... and companies

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:09
In the next few years, hundreds of thousands of veterans will find their mission changed from defending the country to meeting private-sector goals of customer service and turning a profit. While they bring recognizable experiences of self-discipline and teamwork, they may not be able to easily match their skills to the bullet points on the job description.

Rasmussen: NATO to establish quick-response ‘spearhead force’

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:48
NATO will establish a new “spearhead force” in answer to Russian aggression in Europe that is capable of conducting crisis-response missions in a matter of days, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

How one female officer won over her skeptical combat-arms Marines

Military Times - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:45
Lance Cpl. Eamonn Garber wasn't sure things would work out, and that was bad mostly because his unit was at war.
Categories: Military Times (US)

How one female officer won over her skeptical combat-arms Marines

Marine Corps Times - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:45
Lance Cpl. Eamonn Garber wasn't sure things would work out, and that was bad mostly because his unit was at war.
Categories: Military Times (US)

Sometimes kids are people who kill people

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
The gun movement’s ideology rests on the premise that everyone should own a gun, a belief that presumes that every owner is competent.

Netanyahu the only clear loser of the Gaza war

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 04:23
It’s Morning After in Israel, and a country that is usually politically divided is suddenly in agreement: “This did not go well, at all.”

Obama’s golf obsession is his wedge issue

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:18
Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, swore off golf after concluding that it didn’t look right to play while Americans fought and died in Iraq. Obama might be well-advised to follow Bush’s example.

Why terror group in Iraq, Syria has many names

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:15
Terrorist groups think about branding as much as any other type of organization.

Islamic State is a Saudi conundrum

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 17:13
Sunni and Shiite extremists, otherwise deadly adversaries, share a dream of toppling the House of Saud.

From Afghanistan to Ala., military dogs get retirement fit for a hero

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:25
When Kyle Cruse takes his German shepherd, Drako, for a walk around Oxford Lake, he has to be quick snapping on the leash. Otherwise, the shaggy, doe-eyed dog begins to methodically inspect each car in the parking lot.

The whopper about global taxation

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:10
Both private citizens and corporations who have a lot of income abroad are deciding that they’d rather renounce their ties to the U.S. than deal with the expense and hassle of letting it tap into income that they have earned using some other country’s roads and sewers and police protection.

Eyewitness 1864: Editors assail Lincoln for his re-election bid

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:05
James P. Barr, the editor of The Daily Post, was no fan of Abraham Lincoln. When the president-elect passed through Pittsburgh on Valentine’s Day 1861, the closest thing to a compliment Barr could manage was to write that Lincoln was not “as ugly in the face as he has been represented.”

The burning of Atlanta, seared into America's memory

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 13:57
There were fears in late 1939 that Pittsburgh-born David O. Selznick’s much anticipated film “Gone With the Wind” might not be shown in the producer’s hometown. Or, if it was shown, scenes from the Civil War-era love story between Clarke Gable’s Rhett Butler and Vivian Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara might be cut.

Bataan group extended in Mideast

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 13:05
The Bataan amphibious ready group will remain in the Middle East for three more weeks, Navy officials announced Saturday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a 21-day extension for the ready group and its embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, the Navy said in a news release.

Skydiving in Raeford: Veteran jumps at long-held goal

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:32
RAEFORD - In 11 years in the Army, including four deployments, Tina Beller never parachuted out of an airplane. That changed Saturday. Beller, 38, and one of her military colleagues, Sgt. Maj. Mary Martin, 49, took the leap at the Raeford Parachute Center, fulfilling a long-held goal by completing tandem parachute jumps.
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