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  • Two American soldiers killed in Afghanistan as troops head home

    Two American soldiers killed in Afghanistan as troops head home
    A Taliban bomb killed two American soldiers in a NATO convoy late on Friday night near the U.S. Bagram Airfield base north of Kabul, a U.S. defense official said on Saturday. "Two International Security Assistance Force service members died as a...
  • Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home

    The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses from intensifying violence ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks. In...
  • Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending

    Congress authorizes $577 billion in defense spending
    Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad. The Senate...
  • Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines

    Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines
    For more than a decade, the United States military has depended on buying Russian-made rocket engines to launch its most crucial satellites. On Friday, Congress said no more. Despite lobbying from a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.,...
  • US providing little information to judge progress against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON The American war against the Islamic State has become the most opaque conflict the United States has undertaken in more than two decades, a fight that's so underreported that U.S. officials and their critics can make claims about progress, or...
  • Defense bill includes ill-advised Alaska and Arizona land measures

    So what does funding for the Department of Defense have in common with Alaska's Tongass National Forest or the Tonto National Forest in Arizona? Absolutely nothing. Which is why an upcoming Senate vote on the National Defense Authorization Actis so...
  • The other America

    Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America." Apparently, late 19th century observers could not quite explain how the U.S. thrived when...
  • Navy releases updated hair styles for women

    Navy releases updated hair styles for women
    The Navy released its updated hairstyle regulations for female sailors earlier this week in its All Hands magazine. It took nearly a year to come up with the new policy that allows a broader range of acceptable hairstyles, which the magazine article...
  • Should Ukraine rewrite history and reacquire nuclear weapons? No and no.

    Twenty years ago in Budapest, Hungary, leaders of the United States, Russia, Britain and Ukraine signed a memorandum on nuclear weapons and Ukrainian security. It committed Ukraine to remove nuclear arms from its territory and join the Nuclear...
  • Iraqi leader asks Chuck Hagel for more U.S. airstrikes, arms

    Iraq’s leaders told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that local security forces want an increase in airstrikes and American-made weaponry in their fight to defeat Islamic State militants. The appeal by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi...
  • Nation and world news briefs

    NATION WASHINGTON After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the CIA's brutal interrogation program lost track of captives, led to false confessions and fabricated information, and produced no useful intelligence about imminent terrorist attacks, according to...