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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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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey in Pentagon briefing on Islamic State militants in August. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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US military chief raises spector of more US troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

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ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces.  (AP Photo)
ISIS militant looking through some items from a seized cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. (AP Photo)
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ISIS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

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F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria.  (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf)
F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf)
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US-led planes strike ISIS fighters attacking Syria town

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

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Syrian refugees enter Turkey during a sand storm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Syrian refugees enter Turkey during a sand storm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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US-led strikes hit ISIS-held oil sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in one of their strongholds, fearing further raids, activists said.

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Paul Wittmer, above, compiled biographical information on men lost on submarines during World War II producing a six-volume book. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Paul Wittmer, above, compiled biographical information on men lost on submarines during World War II producing a six-volume book. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Missouri Man Chronicles Losses on WWII Submarines

Serving aboard an American submarine was one of the most dangerous assignments in World War II, with nearly 1 in 5 crew members losing their lives somewhere in the ocean depths.

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Graduating U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen throw their hats into the air at the U.S.Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Friday May 23, 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the speaker. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Graduating U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen throw their hats into the air at the U.S.Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Friday May 23, 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the speaker. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Hagel: New Military Officers Must Fight Sex Assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that new officers will be counted on to lead the fight against sexual assault, remain ethical under tough circumstances and help people in the military facing mental health issues.

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Fly the Flag to Honor and Remember Those Lost in Battle

If you were looking to memorialize that special loved one that was lost while giving their life serving the military, Jim has found a very special way to remember them.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (R)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (R) (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Congress Skeptical about Plan to Shrink Military

The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ( T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
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Hagel to Propose Big Cuts in Army in 2015 Budget

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is recommending shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities, defense officials said Monday.

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