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U.S. troops embedded with Iraqi forces have been engaged in combat as they move closer to the front lines in the battle for Mosul, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said Wednesday.



Search continues for lost US skier in Japan

Japanese police, helped by American volunteers, scoured an avalanche-prone valley in the Japanese Alps on Wednesday for a Navy civilian who went missing while skiing.


Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

Officials have been forced to indefinitely suspend some child care programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Fort Knox, Ky., to compensate for staffing vacancies they can’t fill because of the measure.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


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North Korea denies killing leader’s half-brother, blames Malaysia

It was the first official word on the killing from North Korea's government-controlled media, although North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia has spoken to reporters in Kuala Lumpur.


Rieckhoff denies claims IAVA misused grants

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff has denied allegations that he had pressured the staff to misuse grant money and mislead donors.


Away from Iraq's front lines, the Islamic State is creeping back in

The Islamic State is nearing defeat on the battlefield, but away from the front lines its members are seeping back into areas the group once controlled, taking advantage of rampant corruption in Iraq's security forces and institutions.



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Mexico to Trump: We won’t take your unwanted immigrants

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed that Mexico will not accept the Trump’s administration “unilateral” directives that would send thousands of migrants to Mexico, regardless of their country of origin.


FBI investigating death of infant son of Schofield Barracks soldier

Army spokesman Master Sgt. Mark St. Clair said the baby was transported to Tripler Army Medical Center on Jan. 29 in medical distress. He was subsequently taken off life support and was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 1.


McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.


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UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?

After months of Syria bloodshed, stalled humanitarian aid deliveries and stop-and-start diplomacy, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is reconvening talks between government and opposition delegations on Thursday.


Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.


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Mexico to Trump: We won’t take your unwanted immigrants

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed that Mexico will not accept the Trump’s administration “unilateral” directives that would send thousands of migrants to Mexico, regardless of their country of origin.


FBI investigating death of infant son of Schofield Barracks soldier

Army spokesman Master Sgt. Mark St. Clair said the baby was transported to Tripler Army Medical Center on Jan. 29 in medical distress. He was subsequently taken off life support and was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 1.


McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.


ANALYSIS

UN hosts 'Geneva IV' talks: Sequel or new script for Syria?

After months of Syria bloodshed, stalled humanitarian aid deliveries and stop-and-start diplomacy, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is reconvening talks between government and opposition delegations on Thursday.


Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.



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American Legion defends VA health care, still trying to meet with Trump

The American Legion is trying to arrange a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss the importance of veterans service organizations, the group’s executive director said Wednesday.



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FBI investigating death of infant son of Schofield Barracks soldier

Army spokesman Master Sgt. Mark St. Clair said the baby was transported to Tripler Army Medical Center on Jan. 29 in medical distress. He was subsequently taken off life support and was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 1.


US forces must do more to keep lethal edge, military commanders urge

The call for renewed military strength was the predominate message during the first day of the West 2017 gathering of the nation’s top brass and security experts at the downtown San Diego Convention Center.


Parris Island drill instructor indicted on child-sex crimes, could face federal charges

A former Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor — who separated from the Corps after being charged with child-sex crimes — has been indicted by a Texas grand jury.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast. When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.


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FBI investigating death of infant son of Schofield Barracks soldier

Army spokesman Master Sgt. Mark St. Clair said the baby was transported to Tripler Army Medical Center on Jan. 29 in medical distress. He was subsequently taken off life support and was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 1.


US forces must do more to keep lethal edge, military commanders urge

The call for renewed military strength was the predominate message during the first day of the West 2017 gathering of the nation’s top brass and security experts at the downtown San Diego Convention Center.


Parris Island drill instructor indicted on child-sex crimes, could face federal charges

A former Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island drill instructor — who separated from the Corps after being charged with child-sex crimes — has been indicted by a Texas grand jury.


Air Force: Full costs on Air Force One not yet known

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that the cost of Air Force One has been cut by $1 billion, the Air Force said Wednesday that the price tag for the program has yet to be determined.


A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast. When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.



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European girls basketball roundup

Favored teams back up seedings

Stuttgart, Lakenheath clinch semifinal spots after two games, while top-seeded Black Forest does the same in D-II.


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European girls basketball roundup

Favored teams back up seedings

Stuttgart, Lakenheath clinch semifinal spots after two games, while top-seeded Black Forest does the same in D-II.



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