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Islamic State Group's Drive for Kobani is Blunted

Smoke rises from an Islamic State position in eastern Kobani, after an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Vadim Ghirda/AP

BEIRUT — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, the border town's unwavering Kurdish defenders are gaining momentum — a ... more

Pentagon Denies US Paid Ransom for Bergdahl’s Release

Bowe Bergdahl

The Pentagon denied Thursday that a ransom was paid for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while refusing to either confirm or deny that money went to an informant. "There was no ransom offered, there was no ransom paid – nor was there an attempt to do so that failed" to gain the release of Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban from Jun... more

Ebola Cases 'Leveling Off' in Liberia: UN Ambassador Power

U.S. personnel construct the Monrovia Medical Unit site in Monrovia, Liberia. The MMU is being constructed in the event any medical workers in the area catch Ebola while assisting in Operation United Assistance. Craig Philbrick/Army

The military's efforts in Liberia have shown significant progress in containing Ebola even as the epidemic spreads in other West African states, United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power said Wednesday. "We can literally see a difference" in Liberia since the U.S. launched Operation United Assistance and sent more than 2,200 troops to the region... more

Military Court Weighing Fate of Condemned Soldier

Sgt. Hasan Akbar is led from the Staff Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the sentencing phase of his court-martial, on April 25, 2005. (AP)

A former U.S. soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow soldiers and injuring 14 others in an attack in Kuwait is pinning his hopes of staying alive on an argument jurors should have never seen his diary. Attorneys for 43-year-old Hasan K. Akbar argued on Tuesday that the one-time sergeant's writings, which include details of how he con... more

IG Faults Leadership for 'Abysmal Failure' in Afghan Nation-Building

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, center, tours facilities in Afghanistan. He works to root out corruption in Afghanistan, where he says $103 billion in U.S. funds have been spent since 2002. SIGAR photo

WASHINGTON -- The man who attempts to hold U.S. government agencies accountable for work in Afghanistan described America's nation-building effort there over the last 13 years as "an abysmal failure." "It seems like no one is responsible for anything in Afghanistan except to get the money out," said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for... more

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