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News Briefs – January 5, 2018

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U.S. soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan The U.S. military says an American soldier — Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, N.J. — has been killed fighting in eastern Afghanistan. A military statement issued Jan. 2 said four other soldiers were wounded in the Jan. 1 battle in the Achin district of…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2015

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Critics: Navy littoral ship program not meeting expectations The latest U.S. Navy littoral combat ship was set to sail into Milwaukee Nov. 15, but critics of the program contend the $400 million vessels still have not met expectations. The Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., employs about 2,000 people building the ships designed for…

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News Briefs – August 22, 2016

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Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan China’s military says its planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week. The Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website that the long-range exercises staged Aug. 19 pitted a red army against a blue one in a simulated…

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Headlines – June 22, 2018

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News Ex-soldier who shot up Afghan village may seek clemency from president, lawyer says – Robert Bales, the former Army staff sergeant who killed 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, will likely ask the president to commute his life sentence once he exhausts his legal appeals for one of the nation’s most notorious war crimes….

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News Briefs – October 25, 2017

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Qatar opens new military office in D.C., showing U.S. close ties The government of Qatar is opening a new military office in Washington, D.C., as it works to show close security ties to the United States. Qatar’s defense ministry inaugurated the military attaché office Oc.t 23 in the Georgetown neighborhood, a few blocks from Qatar’s…

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Headlines – August 10, 2018

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News Democrats demand White House reveal details of outside businessmen’s influence on VA policy – Congressional Democrats are demanding the White House clarify who is leading veterans policy efforts for the administration after a ProPublica investigation found evidence a trio of executives with personal ties to President Donald Trump have been privately influencing department decisions….

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Kosovo assures NATO of transparency in army transformation

Posted December 21, 2018 by AP

The head of NATO and Kosovo’s prime minister have had a telephone conversation on Pristina’s recent decision to transform its security forces into an army. Kosovo’s parliament overwhelmingly approved the army’s formation last week. The move angered neighboring Serbia, which doesn’t recognize its former province’s 2008 declaration of independence. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he…

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Headlines – August 3, 2018

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News Iran readying massive military exercise in Persian Gulf, officials say – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard is expected to soon begin a major naval exercise that could demonstrate its ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial conduit for global energy supplies, US officials say.   DOD exempts wounded warriors from ‘deploy or…

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Headlines – February 7, 2018

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News U.S. bombing expands to Afghan province near Chinese border – U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has begun launching precision airstrikes in Northern Afghanistan in an effort to degrade the Taliban’s revenue streams, training facilities and support networks.   Will U.S. trade its new sub-launched cruise missile for Russian arms treaty compliance? – Under the recently released Nuclear…

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Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

Posted April 27, 2018 by Hope Yen, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew April 26 in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White House doctor, saying the “false allegations” against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he…

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