A History of Bad Blood Between Iraq's Shiite Militias, US troops

In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 file photo, Iraqi Shiite militiamen fire their weapons during clashes with militants from the Islamic State group, in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

For Americans who never served in Iraq, the image of the war promoted in such Hollywood productions as “American Sniper” has focused on the fight against Sunni insurgents from al-Qaida in Iraq, the forerunner of the Islamic State. But much of the fighting, especially in the Baghdad area, was waged against Iranian-backed Shiite groups, som... more

Arab Leaders: Yemen Airstrikes to Go On Until Rebel Withdraw

In this March 21, 2015, photo, Members of a militia group loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hamza Hendawi)

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) - Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels there "withdraw and surrender their weapons," a summit of Arab leaders decided Sunday, as they also agreed in principle to forming a joint military force. The decision by the Arab League puts it on a path to potentially more aggressively challenge Shii... more

Veteran Groups Sue VA for Ending Informal Disability Claims Process

VA officials have said the new process will reduce confusion and make it easier to file claims. Screenshot from the Veterans Affairs File A Claim webpage.

Five national veteran's organizations have filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department over its move ending informal claims applications and requiring veterans to fill out standardized forms. The plaintiffs are The American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, AMVETS, and the Vietn... more

U.S. Rescues Saudi Airmen From Water South of Yemen

USS Sterett

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. The official says a U.S. helicopter flew Thursday from neighboring Djibouti to the Gulf of Aden and rescued the a... more

Navy: No Imminent Threat to Personnel on Islamic State Hit List

Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in their northern Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. AP/Raqqa Media Center

NAPLES, Italy -- There are no imminent threats to Navy personnel and their family members after 36 sailors were identified on an Islamic State list posted online last week, a service official wrote online Thursday. In a message posted to the Navy's home page, Navy staff director Vice Adm. S.H. Swift said the service would notify troops if the s... more

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