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  1. Smoke from fires rise over Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, on Oct. 21. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    IS fighters seize airdropped weapons meant for Kurds

    Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  2. A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Air Force

    Air Force UAV crashes in Niger; no injuries

    A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  3. Two C-130E Hercules cargo aircraft assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, wait to taxi on the flight line during U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1 on Monday at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Three C-130 aircraft are participating in the exercise hosted by the U.S. Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, Lask Air Base. Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Air Force

    Guard C-130 crews conduct exercise in Poland

    The Air National Guard has landed its first C-130 aircraft rotation at the U.S. Aviation Detachment in Poland for a joint training exercise.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  4. A pilot climbs from a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday. Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. Corporal Gabrielle DesRochers / AP

    NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

    NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  5. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    Airdrops in Syria may strain U.S.-Turkish relations

    On Sunday night two U.S.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  6. Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers, assigned to U.S. Strategic Command, depart for a short-term deployment in June to the U.S. European Command area of operations. B-52s are participating in NATO Exercise Noble Justification this month in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. U.S. STRATCOM

    B-52s headed to Europe for second time this year

    U.S. Strategic Command will sendB-52 Stratofortress bombers to participate in Exercise Noble Justification this month in support of NATO allies and partners.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  7. Container delivery system bundles sit on a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Oct. 10 in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq. Air Force

    U.S. planes airdrop arms to besieged Syrian town

    The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  8. The Swedish Navy minesweeper HMS Koster patrols in the Stockholm Archipelago on Oct. 19. Marko Saavala / AP

    Sweden's submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

    Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  9. Relatives and supporters of Jennifer Laude display placards during a protest at Subic port in Olongapo City, north of Manila on October 18. Robert Gonzaga / AFP via Getty Images

    Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm U.S. ties

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no '

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. The words 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (Work Sets You Free) at the main entrance of the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  13. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  14. Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

    Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  15. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams John Moore/Getty Images

    Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress

    The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  16. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure mounts to change tactics against Islamic State group

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  17. Two Swedish Navy fast-attack craft patrol on Oct. 19 in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. Marko Saavala / AP

    Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search

    The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  18. Service members and civilians stand at attention July 2 at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Spain agreed to allow the U.S. to use Rota and the air base at Moron de la Frontera to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MC William Clark / Navy

    Spain gives U.S. go-ahead to use bases against Ebola

    Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  19. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an Oct. 18 news conference. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Turkey would oppose U.S. arms transfers to Kurds

    Turkey would not agree to any U.S.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  20. President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  21. Iraqi municipal government workers clean up debris following a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, on Saturday. The car bomb exploded after nightfall Friday, near a cafe, killed and wounded tens of people, Iraqi officials said. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

    Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist gro

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  22. This undated image posted on Aug. 27 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. The Associated Press

    Report: Former Iraqi pilots train IS fighters on MiGs

    The Islamic State group is test flying, with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots, several fighter jets captured earlier from air bases belonging to the Syrian military, a Syrian activist group said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  23. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  24. In this image shot Thursday from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, a partial view of Kobani, Syria. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State

    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  25. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014

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