Iraq

Gambling Nuclear Commander Linked to Fake Poker Chips

Navy Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina, the former U.S. Strategic Command deputy commander, listens to a presentation from an Air Force missileer about operations in a launch control center of a missile alert facility. (U.S. Air Force photo)

WASHINGTON -- The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press. Although Rear Adm... more

Obama Broadens Mission to Allow US Troops to Engage Taliban Fighters

U.S. troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama br... more

U.S. Provides Emergency Airlift of Winter Supplies to Northern Iraq

Iraq Shiite fighters make their way to the front line to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. (AP Photo/ Hadi MIzban)

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot's purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, said such expansionist intentions are "driving a ... more

Al-Qaeda in Yemen Denounces ISIS

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot's purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, said such expansionist intentions are "driving a ... more

Burial Delays Prompt Push for VA Oversight in Congress

Arlington National Cemetery

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at decreasing recent delays in veteran burials by giving Congress new VA oversight got a push forward from lawmakers Thursday. A Senate version of the bill requiring the VA to report any burial delays longer than 30 days was introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., following a filing earlier this year in the House, whic... more

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