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US carries out counterterrorism strike in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful.

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Israeli land seizure provokes criticism in West Bank and US

JERUSALEM — An announcement by Israel that it was appropriating nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank to prepare for further settlement construction has drawn criticism from the United States and protests from the Palestinian leadership.

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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

MOSCOW — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

BEIRUT — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops.

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US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassif…

August 31, 2014 9:54 am Photos

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Iraqi troops try to break siege of Amerli

KIRKUK, Iraq—Iraqi forces launched a ground operation Saturday to break a nearly three-month siege of a town encircled by Islamic State extremists as residents reported a delivery of humanitarian aid by what was widely described as a U.S. military cargo plane.

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Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

BEIRUT — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

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A stranger thought I was exploiting my daughters

As I focused on the image in my camera's viewfinder, the girls stood in their usual spot.

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Stepping back into the fray

Stepping back into the fray

Obama should formulate a coherent goal and a strategy to achieve it.

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Skimmings

Skimmings

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan accelerated the transformation of mercenaries from covert to indispensable.

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Charges against US Customs agent dropped

Charges against US Customs agent dropped

Federal authorities are dropping charges against a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.

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Doug Ducey: Fighting for Arizona’s defense assets

Doug Ducey: Fighting for Arizona’s defense assets

In preparation for America’s longest combat engagement drawing to a close in December, the nation’s civilian and military leaderships in Washington are weighing potential threats against needed assets and capabilities. At first glance, the facts seem grim for any state with major defense ope…

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