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With Senate Vote, Obama Wins Support for War Effort In Syria

fighters from ISIL

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration can now move forward with plans to arm and train Syrian rebels — a key provision in its new war against the Islamic State — following a vote Thursday in the Senate. The chamber voted 78-22 in favor of a bill that bars U.S. ground combat but allows the Pentagon to begin sending support to fighters oppo... more

Navy: Deployed Sailors to Receive Hardship Duty Pay

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The Navy has approved a special provision granting hardship duty pay to sailors and marines who are deployed beyond 220 consecutive days, service officials said. The newly established Hardship Duty Pay, effective as of Wednesday, will pay sailors and Marines an extra $16.50 per day when they are operationally deployed beyond 220 consecutive... more

Hagel: US Troops Fighting Islamic State Will Get Combat Pay

Chuck Hagel

U.S. troops fighting Islamic militants in northern Iraq and possibly Syria will receive combat pay, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. The issue of special military compensation surfaced Thursday during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, chaired by Howard "Buck" McKeon, R- California, on the Obama administration’s strategy for... more

Mattis: US Ground Combat Troops Must Be Option Against ISIL

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis said Thursday it would be a mistake to rule out the use of U.S. ground combat forces if the fight against the Islamic State. "We didn't look for this fight," Mattis said, "But once you go into it, you don't tell your adversary in advance what you're not going to do." The U.S. had "the fiercest and most ethi... more

Army 2-Star General Named to Lead Fight Against Ebola

Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams

President Obama named a logistics specialist Tuesday in Army Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams to lead 3,000 U.S. troops in West Africa against the Ebola epidemic and to create a military "air bridge" to funnel medical supplies and personnel to the region. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, arrived in the Liberian capital of Monrovia Tuesd... more

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