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  • Russian bombers, advisers arrive in Iraq to aid in fight against ISIS

    IRBIL, Iraq The battle for Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit stretched into a third day Sunday with both the Iraqi government and Islamist insurgents reporting heavy loss, as five jet fighters Iraq purchased from Russia arrived. The head of Iraq's...
  • Military savers favoring 'Roth' TSP to build nest eggs

    Military savers discover special advantages a Roth-type Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) provides, given that their taxable income is dampened by tax-free allowances and periodic tax-exempt combat tours. By Tom Philpott Military savers are discovering the...
  • U.S. military grounds F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after fire

    U.S. military grounds F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after fire
    In the latest setback for the Pentagon's pricey F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the U.S. military has grounded all of the fighter jets from flight operations after a fire that occurred at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida this week. Flights were...
  • Iraqi forces dig in to keep militants from capturing Baghdad

    If the Sunni Muslim insurgents lurking west of Baghdad decide to rush the Iraqi capital, Ahmed Ali knows the quickest route runs past his fruit stand. Peering at the highway over mounds of watermelon and bananas, Ali watches Iraqi army pickup trucks and...
  • Militants attack Iraq air base, U.S. teams deploy

    Militants attack Iraq air base, U.S. teams deploy
    Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases on Wednesday as the first U.S. teams arrived to assess the Iraqi security forces and decide how to help counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Two weeks of advances by militants spearheaded by al Qaeda...
  • US inches closer to landmine ban

    WASHINGTON The Obama administration pledged Friday to stop producing or purchasing landmines, but it stopped short of signing an international treaty that requires countries to destroy their stockpiles, saying it was "diligently pursuing solutions" that...
  • Armed U.S. drones now flying over Iraq

    Armed U.S. drones now flying over Iraq
    The Obama administration is flying armed aircraft over Iraq, defense officials said on Friday, adding that the flights were aimed at gathering intelligence and ensuring the safety of U.S. personnel on the ground rather than conducting strikes. "What I...
  • Obama seeks aid for rebels in Syria

    Obama seeks aid for rebels in Syria
    — President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq,...
  • Arctic veteran and cancer survivor continues fitness regimen at 82

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Eileen Birdsong has faced cancer three times over the past two decades, but she has never let it slow her down. During eight months of radiation treatment for breast cancer in the mid-1990s, the Pleasanton woman walked the 6-mile...
  • Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms killed in combat in Afghanistan

    A Marine from the Twentynine Palms training base has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced. Sgt. Thomas Spitzer, 23, from New Braunfels, Texas, was killed Wednesday in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th...
  • U.S. Military Grounds All F-35 Jets After Fire At Florida Base

    In the latest setback for the Pentagon's nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the U.S. military has grounded all of the fighter jets from flight operations after one of them caught fire at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida earlier this...