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  1. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the Army plans to send a division headquarters to Iraq to help lead efforts there in battling the Islamic State. Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DoD

    Army chief: Division headquarters will deploy soon to Iraq

    As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. An F-22 Raptor displays its weapons bays in July. The Raptor took part in its first combat operation Monday over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker / US Air Force

    Analysis: Syria airstrikes introduce F-22's firepower to the world

    The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  3. A map issued by the Pentagon shows that the massive wave of U.S. airstrikes inside Syria on Monday were concentrated in the northern and eastern parts of that country. Targeted were Islamic State militants as well as members of the Khorosan, an al-Qaida offshoot. Defense Department

    Attacks on Syria 'beginning of sustained' war, Pentagon says

    It was the first time the U.S. has mounted airstrikes in Syria.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  4. Luke Devore, an Army Research Labs contractor with Design Interactive, demonstrates the Augmented Reality sand table on Sept. 23 during Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Microsoft's Kinect aids in 'Augmented reality sand' mapping tool for Marines, Army

    Video game technology has aided researchers in creating realistic 3-D battlespace maps using a simple sand box.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. Obama salutes Marine with coffee cup, outrage ensues

    On his way to participate in a United Nations talk on Climate Change, and coming from his national address on airstrikes in Syria, President Barack Obama stepped off Marine One and proceeded to salute Marines with a coffee cup in his hand.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  6. Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was previously arrested in Pulaski County, Va., in July. New River Regional Jail

    Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice

    Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing securit

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse Nivia Huskey before Nivia's military deployment on Saturday in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. Gerry Broome / AP

    Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

    On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly joined. Richard Drew / AP

    Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

    For President Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jordan and the Air Force 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, wait on the flightline in May 11 at an air base in northern Jordan. Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Air Forces Central

    Mideast countries play major role in Islamic State strikes

    Jordan was compelled to join U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria after the government uncovered a number of militants crossing its border with Iraq, a Jordanian government source told Defense News.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. The Pentagon is inviting all military women and 20 percent of men to participate in a survey with explicit questions about sexual assault and their workplace environment. Air Force

    Forcewide sexual assault survey underway

    In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of service members saw an innocuous-looking email pop into their official inbox urging their participation in a '

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  11. Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director of operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria during a Sept. 23 news conference at the Pentagon. Cliff Owen / AP

    What is Khorasan Group, and why are we at war with it?

    The United States is at war with an enemy that few had even heard of before Monday's airstrikes in Syria.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  12. Islamic State policemen stand guard Sept. 19 in front of a police station in Nineveh province, Iraq. In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group have been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover for days before warplanes of the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn on Sept. 23. AP

    Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants

    In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  13. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court facility during the sentencing phase of his trial August 20, 2013, in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Manning sues Defense Department for gender treatment

    Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning is suing the Defense Department for hormone therapy.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  14. An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 18 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    Would U.S. have right of hot pursuit in Syria?

    Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage war on the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks as legal grounding for its overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  15. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, speaks with top army commanders in Ankara, Turkey, on September 11. Turkish Presidency Press Office/AP

    Turkey considers military role against Islamic State group

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  16. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Marine vet imprisoned in Iran can call home

    The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran since his arrest three years ago on spying charges said his conditions have improved and he is now allowed to call home several times a week.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  17. Then Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb answers a question during his press conference on North Korea and East Asia and Pacific affairs issues at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo on April 5, 2012. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP/Getty Images

    Former senator Jim Webb: 'Taking a hard look' at Democratic presidential bid

    Former senator Jim Webb laid out in stark terms the economic and military challenges facing America, saying he is 'seriously looking' at a 2016 presidential campaign as a Democrat.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  18. Workers hoist and lock together pieces of 'Unconditional Surrender,' an 8-meter (25-foot) cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in lip-locked embrace, outside the Caen Memorial on Sept. 23 in Normandy, France. David Vincent / AP

    Sculpture of end-of-WWII kiss lands in Normandy

    A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  19. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad AFP

    Syria's Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  20. Trial set for Kenai, Alaska, man charged with soldier scam

    A Superior Court judge in Kenai has set a trial date for a man who is charged with establishing a charity for overseas soldiers and keeping most of the donations for personal use.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  21. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Iranian president says U.S. airstrikes in Syria illegal

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  22. Image from a CENTCOM video showing U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria. CENTCOM/YouTube.com

    Combat footage: U.S. releases video stockpile showing Syria strikes

    U.S. Central Command posted three videos on its YouTube page showing combat footage of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State group facilities in Syria on Tuesday. A fourth video was also posted showing a KC-135 refueling of U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  23. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

    Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  24. Militants of the Islamic State capture dozens of Iraqi security forces members on June 14 prior to transporting them to an unknown location in the Salaheddin province ahead of executing them. AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

    The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  25. President Obama is escorted by 89th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Millard, as he transfers to from Marine One to Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Tuesday for a trip to New York and the United Nations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Manuel Balce Ceneta / The Associated Press

    Obama administration creates Korean land mine exception

    Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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