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  1. The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half staff on Oct. 2, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks

    After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation — and a sense of apprehension.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  2. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet on Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  3. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, shown here on May 3, is being held at Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary. His lawyer is relying on the argument to win his freedom in the shortest time possible: He needs to be release so he can go home to get treatment for his combat-related post-traumatic stress, which Mexican authorities don't treat, even in their own soldiers. Alejandro Tamayo / AP

    PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico

    There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  5. The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

    Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities

    A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, right, says the Military Health System Review released Oct. 1 by the Defense Department provided good feedback for military health officials. Staff Sgt. Ashley Bell / Army

    'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Asheville, N.C., failed to comply with federal law when it reprimanded police Lt. Bill Wilke for taking time off to serve in the Army Reserve, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor. Special to the Citizen-Times

    N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service

    The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    In this March 29, 2010 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards

    The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    A Secret Service officer is seen with an attack dog outside the White House Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Meet the White House guard dogs

    You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Iraqi troops stand in rows holding their weapons June 21 in Anbar province. AFP

    U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  9. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., on June 11,. Susan Walsh/The Associated Press

    Lawmaker uses Canadian case to criticize Obama

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  10. Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches

    Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  11. The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  12. Washington VA doctor accused of child rape

    Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. Airmen spread out around the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Senior Airman Marissa Tucker/Air Force

    Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety

    A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  14. Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada

    Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Trainers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases will work with a team of doctors from the Army, Air Force and Navy who are tasked with supporting hospitals in the U.S. respond to potential Ebola threats. Department of Defense

    Stateside Ebola team starts training today

    The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face during an Oct. 22 infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Nick Tomecek / AP

    Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S.

    President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Tomb guards perform the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited

    The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16. A C-27 Spartan transport fixed wing aircraft arrives at the Afghan Air Force base in Kabul, Afghanistan on in 2010. Sixteen of Afghanistan's fleet of 20 C-27s -- known as G222s -- has been scrapped. MC2 David Quillen / Navy

    Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. An exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

    Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Tech. Sgt. Jason McIlvaine, second from left, meets then-Air Force Secretary Michael Donley in July 2012, along with Staff Sgt. Theiesa Morgan and Lt. Col. Pete Sipos at Pápa Air Base, Hungary. McIlvaine died Sunday while diving off the coast of Japan. Master Sgt. Wayne Clark / Defense Media Agency

    Tech. sgt. who died while diving in Japan identified

    The Air Force has identified an airman assigned to Kadena Air Force Base who died over the weekend while diving with other airmen.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  18. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  19. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to detention as he arrives Wednesday inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Aaron Favila / AP

    Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody

    A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody.

    • Oct. 22, 2014

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