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Review Finds the Military’s Health System Is Good, But Far from ‘World-Class’

October 1, 2014 The good news: One year after the rollout of the Pentagon’s enormous Military Health System, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the network of clinics and hospitals performs largely on par with private sector health care. The bad news: In a system of more than 600 clinics and 50 hospitals, some...

Syria Says It Supports the Fight Against ISIL

September 29, 2014 The Assad regime may not get notification from the United States or its coalition allies as they strike Islamic State targets in Syria, but that appears to be OK with Syria’s foreign minister. “The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates that it stands with any international effort aimed at fighting and combating...

US Will Destroy Landmines Everywhere But Korea

September 23, 2014 The United States is limiting its use and stockpiling of landmines outside the Korean Peninsula, but will not join more than 160 other nations who signed a total ban on the weapons, citing the threat from North Korea, the Obama administration said Tuesday. “This means that United States will not...

Petraeus, Crocker Support Plan To Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

September 17, 2014 Retired Gen. David Petraeus and former ambassadors Ryan Crocker and Robert Ford are throwing their support behind the plan to train and equip vetted moderate rebels in Syria. In a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., Petraeus, Crocker and Ford, along with retired Gen. Jack...

Obama Says Still No Ukraine Intervention As More Russians Cross Border

August 28, 2014 In the face of the most damning evidence to date that Russian troops and equipment have invaded Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday stuck to previous statements that there is no military solution to the ongoing crisis there. “We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem,” Obama...

Fort Lee Incident Now the Third Active Shooting This Year on U.S. Military Bases

August 25, 2014 For a very tense hour and a half early Monday, officials from Virginia U.S. Army base Fort Lee responded to an active shooting incident at one of its training headquarters buildings. “An active shooter incident has been reported on Fort Lee at [Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building],” the Fort...

U.S. Military Tried to Rescue Foley; Obama Defies Threats With New Iraq Airstrikes

August 20, 2014 This story has been updated. Rejecting the Islamic State’s demands that United States airstrikes in Iraq stop or more journalists would be executed, U.S. military officials announced fresh strikes on the fighters and said President Barack Obama could deploy up to 300 new troops. The announcement on Wednesday came less...

So Much for Demilitarizing Ferguson, Here Comes the National Guard

August 18, 2014 The riotous scene on the streets of the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson swelled again late Sunday, prompting Gov. Jay Nixon to send the state’s National Guard troops in to help restore order to the town. Nixon’s decision to deploy combat troops against protestors and looters is a notable...

U.S. Escalates Iraq Campaign With Barrage of Weekend Strikes for Mosul Dam

August 17, 2014 In an escalation of fighting seemingly beyond President Barack Obama’s original military objectives in Iraq, United States aircraft targeted Islamic State fighters gathered near Iraq’s Mosul Dam as Kurdish soldiers began their offensive to regain control of the key facility on Saturday and Sunday. The airstrikes, in a campaign spanning...

Mission Creep? U.S. Has Nearly 1,000 Troops in Iraq Now

August 13, 2014 The U.S. sent 129 additional military personnel to Iraq to help develop an evacuation plan for tens of thousands of Iraqis stranded on a mountain under threat from Islamic extremists in northern Iraq. The new deployment raises the level of American military personnel in the country to 935, including 250...