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  1. Relatives of freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months, react as they wait for welcome them at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, on Sautrday. Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped 46 Turks including diplomats, children and special forces from the Turkish consulate in Mosul and 3 Iraqis on June 11 as they captured swathes of northern Iraq. ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed in Iraq

    Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  2. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on September 20, 2014. NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. Russia has delivered today a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images) ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  3. A World Health Organization worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 18. Michael Duff / AP

    U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims

    The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  4. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  5. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    France strikes IS depot in Iraq

    Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Odierno: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

    The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  6. Bas-relief inscriptions are displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment

    A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Dr. Emanuel Diaz, a major stationed at Patrick Air Force Base practicing family medicine, recently helped some accident victims while off-duty. Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today

    Off-duty Patrick AFB doctor springs into action after highway wreck

    Maj. Emanuel Diaz, a medical doctor with the 45th Medical Group, attends to patients every day at the clinic at Patrick Air Force Base. As an Air Force doctor who can be deployed to treat battlefield wounds, he is also trained to handle trauma.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Italian village honoring pilots of WWII US bomber

    Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    WWII vet finally awarded Purple Heart

    After a 70-year wait, a World War II veteran from the Fox Valley received a long-overdue award.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Vet aims to clean up bombs in Vietnam

    ATHENS, Ga. Chuck Searcy might one day return to Athens to stay.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    Online tools expected to ease absentee voting

    If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldier fires at Islamic State militants near Mosul. JM Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters

    A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott, pictured, and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Soldier sues Florida for discrimination

    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference Friday in Sydney. Australia stepped up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for 'demonstration executions.' Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the Islamic State group, al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. Manuel Balce Ceneta/The Associated Press

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison / Army

    Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks with reporters on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., is at the rear. The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels is proving a tough sell with some Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Congress. Wariness of the plan crossed party lines in a House vote on Wednesday. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

    The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. Captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera on the first of what he says will be a series of lecture-like 'programs' in which he says he will reveal 'the truth' about the Islamic State group. The Arabic subtitle reads 'I am a prisoner and that is something I will not deny.' AP

    British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    The remains of WWII casualty Montana Airman 1st Lt. William D. Bernier are carried from a Delta plane by a Honor Guard in Billings, Mont., on Wednesday. Bernier will be buried in Augusta Saturday. Bob Zellar/Gazette Staff via AP

    Remains of WWII airman returned home to Montana

    The remains of a missing World War II airman have been returned to Montana 70 years after his plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014

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