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Senior statesmen in Iraq decry Mosul airstrike

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 11:04
Senior Sunni Muslim politicians expressed on Saturday concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group.

Stolen National Guard Humvee found in Ohio garage

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:51
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it found the sand-colored military vehicle Friday night after getting tips on its whereabouts.

Monument pays tribute to role of engineer battalion in WWII Rhine crossing

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:41
A small town on the banks of the Rhine witnessed acts of extraordinary ingenuity and courage 72 years ago this week, when U.S. Army engineers built a 1,000-foot pontoon bridge in less than 24 hours.

US military plane makes emergency landing in Indonesia

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:24
An American military plane made an emergency landing at an airport in Indonesia's Aceh province, an Indonesian air force spokesman said Saturday. There were no injuries.

Islamic State-held human shields in Mosul complicate coalition strikes

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:10
Fleeing civilians, front-line doctors and troops have all said women and children are frequently caught in the crossfire. They say the militants often deliberately put them there by firing on them when they flee or using them as shields when they stay.

'Tenuous and tricky:' Sopko tells Fort Bragg crowd of US efforts in Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 09:30
America’s longest war is far from over. Despite more than 15 years of efforts by the United States military across repeated deployments, including many involving Fort Bragg troops, and billions of dollars spent by the U.S. government, the man charged with overseeing America’s rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan said Friday that the situation remains “tenuous and tricky.”

Retired AF pilot's rocket-shooting skills celebrated in surprise event

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:49
Even though he was the winner of an inaugural Air Force competition, Vietnam veteran Clarence Lewis never personally got a trophy. The retired military colonel beat out 15 other pilots in 1954 to snag bragging rights in the first-ever William Tell competition, which tested pilots on how accurately they could shoot rockets at a towed target.

2nd Cavalry Regiment soldiers head to Poland in 'spartan' mission

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:38
A long line of combat vehicles filed out of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Rose Barracks here Saturday, beginning a 560-mile road march to northeastern Poland in a hard-power show of force to Russia.

Barrel rolls, loops and dives all part of family tradition

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:38
Sitting in the back seat of a vintage World War II T-6 Texan, the airplane’s glass bubble cockpit cover provided a eagle’s eye view Friday of the Golden Isles spreading out below us. Then that hotshot pilot Steve Gustafson pulled the dang plane into a climb, and we were suddenly closing in on the sun beneath clear blue skies.

Man gets prison for role fencing hot military guns

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:28
A Boston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiring to sell machine guns and other weapons stolen from the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester.

Sonnenberg, Hunter better own marks

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:01
Yokota senior tops his discus record by more than a meter, while Edgren senior adds almost half a meter onto her shot put mark.

US-aided fighters face little resistance in Syrian operation

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 07:35
Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters have encountered light resistance in northern Syria after U.S. pilots airlifted them into combat, an American officer said Friday, suggesting the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise.

The race to Raqqa could cost Trump Turkey

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 07:20
The United States and Turkey are on a collision course in Raqqa, as Turkish officials warn that Washington's reliance on Kurdish forces to liberate the Islamic State's de facto capital would severely damage its relationship with Ankara.

Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 07:05
Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances - far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin's policies have been murdered that Thursday's daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement.

Trump confronts reality: US has few options to block N. Korea’s nuclear program

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 07:01
While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump once suggested he’d negotiate directly with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un over a hamburger to help defuse the threat posed by Kim’s nuclear weapons programs. As president, Trump and his top appointees are pursuing a more traditional, arm’s-length approach.

Trial of 2 psychologists over CIA torture pushed back

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 06:35
Disputes over access to top secret information have led a federal judge in Washington state to push back the civil trial of two psychologists who developed harsh interrogation methods in the government's war on terror.

Court gives Vietnam veteran another shot at benefits claim

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 04:11
Sixteen months in Vietnam as an infantryman and helicopter door gunner with the 101st Airborne Division left Roger L. Perale with problems hearing, PTSD, diabetes and hypertension. Now a favorable new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims offers him a fresh shot at boosting his benefits.

Utah court offers second chance to troubled veterans

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 03:31
It's been two years now since Utah Judge Royal Hansen launched a specialty court open exclusively to military veterans who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Saudi Embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 03:16
The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Middle Eastern country's embassy said.

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Stars & Stripes - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 02:36
Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths.
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