Iraq

Women on Front Lines in Syria, Iraq Against IS

Kurdish women Peshmerga fighters

SURUC, Turkey  — Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter, who uses a nom de guerre, said she decided to join the fight in her hometown... more

US Commander: North Koreans Can Miniaturize Nuclear Warheads

University students punch the air as they march through Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, March 29, 2013. Tens of thousands of North Koreans turned out for the mass rally at the main square in Pyongyang.

The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said he believes North Korea can miniaturize nuclear warheads, a key step in preparing a nuclear weapon for delivery by an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). "As a commander, I've got to assume they have that capability," Army Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea and... more

PTSD Argued in Case of Marine Jailed in Mexico

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25

SAN DIEGO -- There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Tahmooressi says he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His attorney argues Mexican Customs officials also violated his rights by hol... more

US Officials See Signs of New Life in Iraqi Army

An Iraqi Army trainer leads a course in building clearance at the Besmaya Training Center on Dec. 17, 2009. Much of the training at the American-funded center was led by an Iraqi cadre of some 800 soldiers. Stars and Stripes photo

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say. "We've seen them start to act like an arm... more

Report Finds Army Discriminated Against Transgender Employee

The Pentagon celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month in 2012. A transgender Army civilian faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced. Chad J. McNeeley/Navy

A transgender Army civilian, who was restricted from using a female bathroom in the workplace and was called "sir" by colleagues, faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation at the hands of the Department of the Army, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday in a ruling that is being hailed as a landmark decision. Wh... more

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