Iraq

Peshmerga Troops Start Entering Syrian Border Town

Peshmerga troops

SURUC, Turkey — Activists say 10 Iraqi peshmerga fighters have entered a northern Syrian border town, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani. Kobani-based activist Musrafa Bani says 10 fighters entered the town. He says the rest will follow gradually on Thursday because the border crossing poin... more

Marine Barricaded in Okinawa's Camp Lester Housing Surrenders

Camp Lester

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine barricaded himself at his home in Okinawa’s Camp Lester housing area Thursday, setting off a standoff with military police that ended peacefully, Marine Corps officials said. Residents said they were evacuated early Thursday from the isolated cluster of military housing on a hill in the rear of the Marines base a... more

Ohio Veteran Found Guilty, Fined Over Pet Ducks

Iraq war veteran Darin Welker, 36, of West Lafayette, Ohio, says his 14 pet ducks serve as mental and physical therapy for him. He's worried he'll have to give them up after village officials told him he can't keep them on his property. Trevor Jones/AP

COSHOCTON, Ohio  — An Ohio Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression has been convicted of a minor misdemeanor for keeping the birds. Darin Welker was cited for violating a village ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette, about 80 miles east of Columbus. He was found guilty Wednesda... more

Jet on Navy Training Mission Crashes, Kills Pilot

plane crash

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. The plane disintegrated when it hit the ground at about 5:15 p.m. as it was preparing to land at Naval Station Ventura County. The crash sent a huge plume of bi... more

Veterans in Congress Could Hit Lowest Level Since World War II

Tulsi Congress

The number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II depending on the results of next week's election.  Currently, 106 members of Congress have a military service record. However, that number could drop significantly depending on the results of multiple close races in the mid-term elections scheduled for ... more

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