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U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Reports say US broadening military mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

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A farmer works the land on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border
A farmer works the land on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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No date for ISIS war vote; Congress waits on Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional authorization of the U.S. war against Islamic State extremists has gone nowhere in two weeks since President Barack Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on a stronger legal basis for military action, prompting growing frustration with the White House.

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Role-playing attackers storm a fake US Consulate during a  training program held at a mock town on a rural Virginia military base, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Role-playing attackers storm a fake US Consulate during a training program held at a mock town on a rural Virginia military base, Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Security agents train to stop the next Benghazi

AT A MILITARY BASE IN VIRGINA (AP) -- In long tunics and Bedouin scarves, men kick a soccer ball in front of the U.S. consulate. Women sit and eat. Arabic music rings from the market. A bicyclist waves as he rides toward a stone church and a mosque with a green minaret in the distance.

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Poll: A&E produces a reality show about veterans dealing with PTSD

Veterans returning home from having done, in many cases, multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have to deal with a number of issues.

Trying to readjust to civilian life, getting a job, reconnecting with family – and for a fair number, dealing with the physical and emotional scars the war has inflicted – especially the emotional toll it’s taken

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services  veterans, Friday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services veterans, Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees as it struggles to correct systemic problems that led to long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsification of records to cover up delays, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

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Willie Nelson performs at the White House
Willie Nelson performs at the White House (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama, first lady salute ‘American patriots’

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Offering a pre-Veterans Day salute to U.S. troops, President Barack Obama said Thursday that the "American patriots" who voluntarily go into harm's way to keep the country safe and protect its cherished freedoms have the respect and admiration of a grateful nation.

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