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DOD says it's saving hundreds of millions of dollars because of joint basing; GAO remains unconvince

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:22
Four years in, the Defense Department is struggling to convince government auditors that it’s saving money from the round of military installation mergers that created Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

State agency seeks to bring in veterans who leave money on the table

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:20
You might think, with all the talk about supporting the troops and all the focus on reforms at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, that most military veterans are supported by one social safety net or another.

Nusra threatens West and Arab nations

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:16
The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has promised retaliation over air strikes in Syria, as the US-led coalition widened its assault on ISIL targets and British jets flew their first combat missions over neighbouring Iraq.

Lebanon refugee-camp raids fuel resentment

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:15
To Kasem al-Zein, last Thursday was one of his worst days on the job. Amid a Lebanese army raid on Sept. 25, the 50-year-old former field doctor with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), who now runs a hospital in Arsal, recalled chaos inside local tent villages housing throngs of Syrian refugees. Tents were invaded and in some cases set ablaze; al-Zein said he treated several patients suffering from smoke inhalation and a young girl with third-degree burns on her leg. By the time troops left, hundreds of males, including children as young as 13, had been rounded up and taken away for questioning.

Arabs in Israel decry racial discrimination

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:13
As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, 21-year-old Shadan Jabareen says she has experienced institutionalised discrimination since she was a child. In 1994, her parents wanted to get away from the constant noise and the overcrowded Umm al-Fahm and move to a Jewish-Israeli community.

New Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani’s transformation and winning strategy

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:10
With his Ivy League pedigree and professorial air, Ashraf Ghani long seemed ill-suited to the rough-and-tumble politics of his native Afghanistan, especially after a quarter-century as an academic in the United States.

Lee County dedicates bridge to fallen soldier

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 00:08
The unofficial entrance to the Eggville community is now marked by the Lance Corporal Stephen Baldwyn Memorial Bridge.

Police use tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kong protest

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 18:43
In a sharp escalation of tensions, Hong Kong police in riot gear unleashed volleys of tear gas on democracy protesters Sunday evening and fired rubber bullets in the air to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators who paralyzed key sections of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army's ability, militants' threat

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 15:32
President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight.

Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Military Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.
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Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Air Force Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.
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Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Army Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.
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Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Marine Corps Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.
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Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Navy Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.
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Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

Marine Corps Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:56
Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, doesn't intend to let the close of a ground war lead to the atrophy of the reservists in his charge.
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About 1,000 people show up for veterans pot giveaway in Colorado

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:54
A free cannabis giveaway at a Colorado Springs hotel Saturday attracted about a thousand people looking for an alternative medication for their physical and mental pain.

Camp Atterbury ready for large groups of soldiers

Army Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:54
With more beds and railroad tracks serving Camp Atterbury, the facility will be able to train some of the largest groups of soldiers since World War II.
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Fort Carson prepares troops for changing warfare

Army Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:51
Uncertainty is the norm for Fort Carson soldiers, their boss, Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera said.
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Al-Qaida leader warns of revenge for airstrikes

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:40
The leader of al-Qaida's Syria affiliate vowed Sunday that his group would "use all possible means" to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance.

Cost of air war against Islamic State already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:39
The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
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