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Carter salutes Iraqi forces, announces 560 U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq

Posted July 11, 2016 by

During his visit to Baghdad July 11, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi leaders, coalition commanders and U.S. troops and also announced that the United States, in close consultation with the Iraqi government, will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and…

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Headlines – July 8, 2016

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News Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation – President Barack Obama called the security environment in Afghanistan “precarious” and July 6 he will keep more troops on the ground in Afghanistan than previously planned. Obama repeatedly promised to end the U.S. mission in Afghanistan before the end of his administration in 2017,…

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News Briefs – July 8, 2016

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Coroner ruled Death of Navy SEAL trainee a homicide A Southern California medical examiner says a Navy SEAL trainee was repeatedly dunked by an instructor in his first week of basic training and has ruled his death a homicide. The San Diego County autopsy report released July 8 says Seaman James Derek Lovelace’s cause of…

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Headlines – July 6, 2016

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News NATO summit set to approve Afghanistan mission for another year – The Western military alliance is set this week to commit to extend its support of government forces in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents have made significant gains since international combat forces withdrew 18 months ago.   Congress’ shrinking calendar suggests omnibus, CR ahead –…

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News Briefs – July 6, 2016

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MQ-9 crashes in northern Syria An MQ-9 Reaper crashed in northern Syria July 5. The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the aircraft was lost. The remotely piloted aircraft crash was not due to enemy fire. There are no reports of civilian injuries or damage to civilian property at the crash…

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Obama: 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan through January 2017

Posted July 6, 2016 by Jim Garamone

The situation in Afghanistan remains “precarious,” President Barack Obama said here today, and that is why he will keep 8,400 U.S. service members in country through the end of his term.

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Headlines – July 1, 2016

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Business UK defense industry seeks ‘bold’ government backing after Brexit vote – The UK needs to quickly signal it will support the aerospace, defense and other industries and not wait for the completion of negotiations with the European Union to act, according to the chief executive of ADS, Inc., the country’s leading trade body in…

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News Briefs – July 1, 2016

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Russian defense minister promises response to NATO’s buildup Russia’s defense minister says the military will respond in kind to NATO’s buildup near Russian borders. Sergei Shoigu said June 29 the deployment of additional NATO units and weapons in Eastern Europe “has undermined strategic stability.” He voiced concern that NATO’s activities near Russia’s borders could expand…

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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Headlines – June 29, 2016

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News Pentagon on Benghazi: Faster response wouldn’t have mattered – In response to harsh criticism that it failed to act during the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon conceded June 28 that the U.S. military reaction could have been faster, but that nothing it could have done would have saved the lives of the…

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