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Former Gitmo detainee found in Venezuela, hopes to travel to Turkey

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 15:42
In a statement, the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry said that Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab had come to the consulate in Caracas to inform officials of his intent to travel to Turkey or another country in order to see his family.

Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 15:15
The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an attempt to undermine a potential U.S. and Russian air campaign against its fighters.

Air Force could declare F-35 ready for combat by next week

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 15:14
After years of delays, cost overruns and controversy, top Pentagon officials could make the decision to certify that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ready for combat as early as next week, some 15 years after the program began.

Korean War veteran shares memorabilia with historical society

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:52
Byford Lee Reed has agreed to share his collection of correspondences, photographs and other items from his time spent in the war — from 1952 to 1953 — as part of the 15th Field Artillery Battalion with the Indiana Historical Society.

CENTCOM: 14 civilians killed by airstrikes on targets in Iraq, Syria

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:49
Pentagon investigations confirmed civilians were killed in five U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between July 2015 and April 2016, according to a Central Command statement released Thursday.

France rules to keep cameras in cell of Paris attacks suspect

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:48
France's top administrative body denied a request by the sole surviving suspect from the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris to remove two live video cameras from his cell.

Turkey's top military commander keeps post

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:30
Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted following a purge in the military following the failed putsch.

Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra splits from al-Qaida and changes its name

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:18
Jabhat al-Nusra announced that it would henceforth be known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham - or Front for the Liberation of Syria - and said it no longer owes allegiance to al-Qaida.

Yemen's Houthis, ousted leader formalize alliance

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:15
Yemen's Shiite rebels on Thursday announced a formal alliance with the country's ousted president and his former ruling party by setting up a new political council to rule the country, a step described by the United Nations Envoy to Yemen as jeopardizing peace talks in Kuwait.

Soldiers rescue woman, 87, stranded in hot car for days

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:08
The Massachusetts guard says the soldiers had been training at a base in New Jersey and were on a scouting mission when they found the car deep in a wooded area Monday afternoon.

Rio readies for worst as terror threat hangs over Olympics

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:07
In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combatting terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. But will it be enough?

General Officer Assignments

DoD News Releases - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:03
The chief of staff, Army announces the following assignments:Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Terrence J. McKenrick, commanding general, Brigade Modernization Command, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, to deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Central/Third U.S. Army, Kuwait. Brig. Gen. Timothy
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After incidents, naval base advises that drone use not allowed on, nearby facilities

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:54
A spokeswoman for Naval Base Ventura County said the statement was issued after a couple of incidents over the past month or so in which drones "were seen close enough (to the base) so that it caused some concern."

China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:52
China's military said Thursday it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water.

US says 6 airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq and Syria

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:49
The U.S. military says an internal investigation shows that 14 civilians were killed and one civilian was wounded in six separate U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between July 2015 and April 2016.

UN warns of dangers as Iraqis displaced by Islamic State return home

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:32
Tens of thousands of Iraqis uprooted by the Islamic State group are now returning home after a string of Iraqi government victories in Anbar province, but the United Nations is warning civilians may be returning too soon as much of "liberated" Iraq is still dangerous, littered with roadside bombs and bobby-trapped explosives.

Memorial to slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle unveiled in Odessa

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:28
A granite and limestone memorial salutes slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974.

Russia, Syria offer corridors out of Aleppo as blockade continues

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:25
After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city's besieged quarters, underlining the government's determination to seal off the metropolis and force an eventual surrender by the opposition.

FDA temporarily halts blood donation in 2 Florida counties over Zika fears

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:13
The action by the FDA comes as health officials in Florida said Wednesday they were investigating two Zika cases that could have been spread by local mosquitoes, in addition to two similar cases they announced last week.

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:03
North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.
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