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Top US general in Europe says Russia might be supplying the Taliban

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:26
The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russia and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group.

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:15
New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices.

Al-Shabab claims to kill 17 soldiers in Somalia attack

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:09
An organization that monitors extremist groups says al-Shabab has claimed to kill 17 soldiers and wound 22 in an attack in southwestern Somalia.

'Our family is heartbroken': American killed in London attack was celebrating wedding anniversary

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:28
They had been married for 25 years. This week was supposed to be a chance to celebrate their anniversary, as well as a chance for Kurt and Melissa Cochran to visit Melissa's parents, who work on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission in England.

Trump pick for Israeli ambassador clears Senate hurdle

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:54
President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Republican-led Senate.

Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forces

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:51
Militants killed 10 Egyptian soldiers and two policemen in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, underscoring the challenge security forces face in combatting an Islamic State affiliate in the restive area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

EUCOM chief wants more troops, ships and planes

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00
U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.

Poland's WWII museum opens amid its uncertain future

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:45
A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views.

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:28
The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.

Air Force squadron integral part of supplying fight against Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:54
Even if you’ve changed a few tires in your life, you’ve probably never changed a tire quite like this. There’s a massive difference between the ones on a car and those on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:44
When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.

USS Laboon makes another major drug bust in Arabian Sea

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:31
Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon was at it again last week, making a second major drug bust in a matter of days in the Arabian Sea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.

Bomb experts remove Civil War cannon balls from museum

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:21
Bomb disposal experts removed four Civil War-era artillery rounds from Virginia's Siege Museum after X-rays showed several artillery rounds stored there are capable of exploding.

Trump’s promises at odds with GOP policies

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:07
Despite a sinking overall job approval rating, polls and anecdotal evidence show Trump’s political base retains its confidence in him. But his public comments are undercutting respect for his presidency at home and abroad.

Trump’s options in the war on terror

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:05
Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a thoughtful assessment of what President Donald Trump’s approach to combating terrorism looks like. The bottom line: It looks a lot like President Barack Obama’s.

German state bans mosque group after imam calls for killings

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:51
German state officials say they've banned an Islamic cultural association that ran a mosque in the central German town of Kassel due to extremist comments.

US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:41
The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.

Critics say scrapping Mi-17 fleet could undermine Afghan air force

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:58
U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Smith is one of a few Americans trained to fly and work on the Mil Mi-17s. He does so for basically one reason — to pass the knowledge on to Afghans. His work is part of broader NATO efforts to help build a sustainable Afghan air force, which is seen as vital for Kabul to counter the Taliban insurgency.

Man arrested after abducted woman escapes from trunk

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:24
A man recently freed from prison in Alabama is accused of abducting a woman whose dramatic escape from her car trunk was captured on video.

In a first for the government, dogs will be occasionally allowed at Interior Department

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 07:56
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of "Doggy Days at Interior," a program that will launch with test runs at the agency's Washington headquarters on two Fridays in May and September.
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