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U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.



Critics say scrapping Mi-17 fleet could undermine Afghan air force

U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Smith is one of a few Americans trained to fly and work on the Mil Mi-17s. He does so for basically one reason — to pass the knowledge on to Afghans. His work is part of broader NATO efforts to help build a sustainable Afghan air force, which is seen as vital for Kabul to counter the Taliban insurgency.


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Air Force squadron integral part of supplying fight against Islamic State

Even if you’ve changed a few tires in your life, you’ve probably never changed a tire quite like this. There’s a massive difference between the ones on a car and those on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.


Islamic State claims responsibility for London attack; UK PM defiant

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on one of London's famous bridges and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain's Parliament. In a somber but defiant statement, Britain's prime minister declared that "we are not afraid."



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Japan’s newest helicopter destroyer joins fleet in Yokosuka

Japan’s newest ship will be positioned for natural-disaster response but can also carry the U.S.-made Osprey and aircraft made for combat contingencies, Japanese officials said Thursday.


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Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.


USS Laboon makes another major drug bust in Arabian Sea

Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon was at it again last week, making a second major drug bust in a matter of days in the Arabian Sea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.



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In a first for the government, dogs will be occasionally allowed at Interior Department

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of "Doggy Days at Interior," a program that will launch with test runs at the agency's Washington headquarters on two Fridays in May and September.


Taliban forces seize strategic district in embattled Helmand province

Taliban insurgents captured a strategic district in embattled Helmand Province on Thursday, Afghan officials said, while Afghan troops were evacuated from the area and Air Force planes bombed military installations there to prevent the Taliban from using them.


EUCOM chief wants more troops, ships and planes

U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.


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US, South Korean soldiers practice taking out chemical-weapons labs

Heavy infantry soldiers traded tracks and wheels for a trip through the clouds during air-assault training this week in South Korea.


Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday, the military said, a toll that underscored its continuing challenges to rein in insurgents in the area.


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In a first for the government, dogs will be occasionally allowed at Interior Department

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will announce in an email to employees Thursday morning the start of "Doggy Days at Interior," a program that will launch with test runs at the agency's Washington headquarters on two Fridays in May and September.


Taliban forces seize strategic district in embattled Helmand province

Taliban insurgents captured a strategic district in embattled Helmand Province on Thursday, Afghan officials said, while Afghan troops were evacuated from the area and Air Force planes bombed military installations there to prevent the Taliban from using them.


EUCOM chief wants more troops, ships and planes

U.S. European Command is seeking additional forces and firepower to augment a U.S. military that has dwindled in size while Russia has grown stronger, America’s top general in Europe said Thursday.


VIDEO, GALLERY

US, South Korean soldiers practice taking out chemical-weapons labs

Heavy infantry soldiers traded tracks and wheels for a trip through the clouds during air-assault training this week in South Korea.


Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday, the military said, a toll that underscored its continuing challenges to rein in insurgents in the area.



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VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.



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Report: Airman AWOL for 45 years was nabbed during morning walk

Linley Benson Lemburg served as an Air Force Office of Special investigations Special Agent from 1968 until his desertion in 1972. He was found in Florida living under an assumed identity.


US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.


Cubans still trying to reach US by sea despite rule change

The U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since Jan. 12. That's when former President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy as part of the normalization of relations with Cuba.


Police: Army veteran arrested for murder went to NY to attack black people

James Harris Jackson, a former military intelligence analyst with the Army, traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of making a race-based attack. On Wednesday, he randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword.


MILITARY UPDATE

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.


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Report: Airman AWOL for 45 years was nabbed during morning walk

Linley Benson Lemburg served as an Air Force Office of Special investigations Special Agent from 1968 until his desertion in 1972. He was found in Florida living under an assumed identity.


US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.


Cubans still trying to reach US by sea despite rule change

The U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since Jan. 12. That's when former President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy as part of the normalization of relations with Cuba.


Police: Army veteran arrested for murder went to NY to attack black people

James Harris Jackson, a former military intelligence analyst with the Army, traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of making a race-based attack. On Wednesday, he randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword.


MILITARY UPDATE

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.



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Records are running scared in Pacific track

How far can Brianna Hunter throw? Edgren senior broke shot put Far East mark in first meet and is one of handful of athletes with aspirations of re-writing more this season.


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Records are running scared in Pacific track

How far can Brianna Hunter throw? Edgren senior broke shot put Far East mark in first meet and is one of handful of athletes with aspirations of re-writing more this season.



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