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    A spokesman for Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said on Sept. 29 that the congressman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was not trying to undermine President Obama's military actions in the Middle East by recently urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign 'in a blaze of glory.' Julia Moss / AP

    Calls for brass to resign add to debate over Mideast policy

    Recent calls for the Pentagon's top brass to resign in protest of President Obama's policy toward Iraq and Syria may pack a political punch, but they rest on no actual historical precedent.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  1. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and U.S. ambassador James Cunningham hold their documents after signing a deal to allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan. Shah Marai / AFP/Getty Images

    Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, said in a letter that she is dismayed by reports of the 'ongoing failure' of International Auto Logistics. AP

    Senator: POV moving company's problems linger

    The chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee wants military officials to consider dumping a defense contractor responsible for moving troops' personal vehicles to and from overseas bases when they move on reassignment orders, citing significant delays an

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close th

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  3. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Delay vote on authorizing airstrikes, key GOP lawmaker says

    By the time Congress decides whether it wants to vote on authorizing new military intervention in Iraq and Syria, the fight could be over.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    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.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. U.S. envoy says no talks with North Korea in sight

    Washington believes that North Korea is increasingly unwilling to live up to its nuclear disarmament commitments, and is using three detained Americans as pawns, a senior U.S. envoy said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. In Pakistan, bomb kills 8 as U.S. drone kills 4

    A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
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    President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    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.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  7. The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  8. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press on Friday about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Pentagon: Airstrikes killing terrorists, not civilians

    There are no credible reports of civilian casualties after more than 240 airstrikes in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State group and other terrorists in Iraq and Syria, a top Pentagon official said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
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    Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. offers more nuanced take on Khorasan threat

    Senior U.S. officials offered a more nuanced picture Thursday of the threat they believe is posed by an al-Qaida cell in Syria targeted in military strikes this week, even as they defended the decision to attack the militants.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    U.S. service members recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at Department of Interior on Sept. 23, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    DoD policy will allow some immigrants in U.S. illegally to serve

    A small number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Defense Department policy unveiled Thursday.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  9. Lt. Gen. David Barno, shown at the Pentagon in 2004, is now retired and says the Army has a difficult time portraying its importance to the nation. DoD

    Retired 3-star: Americans don't understand that ground troops win wars

    U.S. lawmakers and the wider American public do not understand why it is important to win land wars because the Army has a hard time explaining it, said retired Lt. Gen. David Barno.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner said he doesn't support holding a vote on war authorization with a lame duck Congress. Jim Watson/ / AFP

    Analysis: Will Congress vote on authorizing America's new war?

    Read between the lines of senior lawmakers' statements about a congressional vote to authorize President Obama's war on the Islamic State (IS) group and one realizes Congress may not vote at all.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  10. Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft fly over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / U.S. Air Force

    CENTCOM releases new video of airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

    Central Command released new video Thursday of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria by U.S. and coalition aircraft.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  11. Syrians check a house reportedly hit by US-led coalition airstrikes on Sept. 25 in the village of Kfar Derian. Sami Ali / AFP

    Pentagon: No 'credible' evidence civilians killed in Syria airstrikes

    The U.S. military is looking into allegations that civilians may have been killed in U.S. and allied airstrikes in Syria, but so far there is no 'credible' reporting that such deaths occurred, the Pentagon said Thursday.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  12. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday at U.N. headquarters. Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific, aid and is warily watching to make sure Ankara keeps its commitments. Erdogan also told reporters on Tuesday, 'Of course, we will do our part.' Seth Wenig / AP

    Turkey remains coy in coalition against militants

    Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    Healthcare workers spray each other with disinfectant Wednesday after working inside a morgue with people suspecting of dying from the Ebola virus, in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Tanya Bindra / AP

    Congress releases war funds to fight Ebola

    Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    The Obama administration expects that a bilateral security agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year will be signed by the country's incoming President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai or his designee 'within days' of Ahmadzai's inauguration early next week, a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Wakil Kohsar / AFP

    Afghan security deal may be signed next week

    The Obama administration expects that a security agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year will be signed by the country's incoming president as early as next week, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  13. In a gaffe seen round the country, President Obama offers a less-than-formal salute while managing to not spill his drink. Via White House

    Coffee-cup salute puts Obama in social media cross hairs

    It's not clear what was in the coffee cup President Obama held earlier this week when the sunglass-wearing commander in chief offered a beverage-assisted salute to Marines as he disembarked Marine One in New York City.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event Sept. 12 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. 'Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country,' Brown, the former Massachusetts senator trying to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, says in a commercial. 'President Obama and Sen. Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me.' Elise Amendola / AP

    GOP uses terror threat against Dems in campaign

    The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.

    • Sep. 24, 2014

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