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Stories with subject: Armed forces
  • US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Dec-01-15 6:13 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.

  • UN chief recommends stepped-up UN presence in Burundi 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 9:14 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended Monday that the U.N. Security Council authorize a stepped-up U.N. presence in violence-wracked Burundi to promote a political dialogue but stopped short of calling for a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping force.

  • Pentagon's chief investigator resigning in January 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 3:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Pentagon's investigative office, Jon T. Rymer, said Monday he is resigning, effective in January.

  • Report: Clashes between govt., rebels kill 30 in Congo 
    Updated: Nov-30-15 1:32 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Clashes between rebels and soldiers in eastern Congo killed at least 30 people, including civilians and a United Nations peacekeeper, the director of an activist group said Monday.

  • Thai opposition leaders detained ahead of scandal park visit story has photos
    Updated: Nov-30-15 11:11 am

    BANGKOK - Soldiers and police in military-run Thailand detained two top leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement Monday as they prepared to visit a park celebrating past Thai kings that is at the center of a corruption scandal linked to the army.

  • Report: SAFB considered for new spy agency office since 2005 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 3:41 pm

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois - Proposed plans to relocate a federal spy agency's new regional headquarters from downtown St. Louis to Illinois' Scott Air Force Base have been around for over a decade, according to a newspaper report.

  • Offutt's old runway stokes fear that 55th Wing could leave 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 1:50 pm

    BELLEVUE, Nebraska - Offutt Air Force Base's runway is crumbling.

  • Russia suspends visa-free travel with Turkey story has photos
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:05 pm

    MOSCOW - Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border.

  • Canal-clogging weed spreads as regulations slow removal 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 1:14 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - An aquatic weed capable of clogging irrigation canals and other waterways is spreading along the Columbia River while the federal government is grappling with regulatory hurdles to remove it.

  • EU turns to Turkey to help manage its migration woes story has photos
    Updated: Nov-27-15 10:38 am

    BRUSSELS - Five years ago, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi warned that millions of Africans wanted to come to the European Union and offered to make the continent's immigration problem disappear in exchange for billions of euros.

  • Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-27-15 12:58 am

    MOSCOW - The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Philippine forces kill 8 suspected to have IS sympathies 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 8:57 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.

  • Nepal asks India to investigate shooting by border guards 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 8:30 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal asked India on Thursday to investigate a shooting by border guards that has wounded at least four people and to punish those involved.

  • Amid Syria's civil war, a James Bond-style rescue operation 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:53 pm

    BEIRUT - In the whirlwind of Syria's civil war, two Russian pilots parachuted from their aircraft into a chaotic front-line mountainous region near the border with Turkey after their aircraft was hit by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.

  • Indian media say paramilitary force is curtailing freedom 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 7:56 am

    GAUHATI, India - Indian media and a rights group accused a paramilitary force on Wednesday of attempting to curtail press freedom by asking newspapers in an insurgency-hit northeastern state to stop publishing statements from a banned rebel group.

  • Japan defense minister supports US in South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 9:46 pm

    CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Tuesday expressed his support for the U.S. Navy's sailing of a warship close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.

  • Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:53 pm

    WASHINGTON - In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria's embattled president.

  • Australia leader talks down prospect of US-led army in Syria 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 5:36 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - There is no support among world leaders for the prospect of a U.S.-led army in Iraq and Syria to take back ground from Islamic State militants, Australia's prime minister said Tuesday.

  • Social media helps drive historic Cuban exodus to US story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-23-15 11:09 pm

    PENAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica - As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades.

  • Authorities: Border agent had 110 pounds of cocaine in car 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 5:25 pm

    PHOENIX - A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested and charged after state troopers found 110 pounds of cocaine in his rental car that he planned to transport to Chicago, authorities said Monday.

  • Arizona governor wants major new spending on border security story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 5:18 pm

    PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he wants the Legislature to approve "tens of millions of dollars" in new funding for a border security force made up of state police, a move intended to address border smuggling even as immigration and terrorism worries emerge as potent 2016 political issues.

  • Fort Riley's new hospital faces more delays 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 1:50 pm

    FORT RILEY, Kansas - The opening of Fort Riley's new hospital has been pushed back after already being delayed more than three years.

  • Military Veteran Project in Topeka growing 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 10:45 am

    TOPEKA, Kansas - If the Military Veteran Project succeeds at improving brain injury treatment and other goals, Melissa Jarboe won't be running the organization she founded.

  • The Latest: Senegal president visits Mali attack site story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 3:09 pm

    BAMAKO, Mali - The latest on the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. (All times local):

  • Boy Scout usher remains at University of Oklahoma stadium 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 2:02 pm

    NORMAN, Oklahoma - Oren Lee Peters remembers exactly where he was when Notre Dame snapped Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak in 1957.