Iraq

6 Killed in Mystery Airstrikes in Libyan Capital

Associated Press | Aug 19, 2014

CAIRO — Airstrikes launched by an unknown party targeting Islamist-led militias in Libya's capital killed six people Monday, authorities said, as the interim government vowed to investigate the strikes amid raging street battles. The confusion over who launched the two fighter jets shows the chaos still engulfing Libya after the 2011 civil war ... more

Obama Commends Iraqi Cooperating in Retaking Dam

Obama speaking

Military.com | Aug 19, 2014

President Obama confirmed Monday that combined Kurdish and Iraqi forces with the backing of U.S. air strikes had retaken the Mosul dam in what he called a "major step forward" for his overall strategy to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "This is going to take time, there are going to be many challenges ah... more

Obama Hails Elimination of Syria Chemical Weapons

Associated Press | Aug 19, 2014

WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's government now must follow through on pledges to destroy its remaining weapons production facilities. Obama also said ... more

Russia Considers Boosting Naval Readiness

A pro-Russian activist waves the Russian state, upper, and Russian Navy flags outside an entrance to the General Staff Headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

UPI | Aug 19, 2014

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed Tuesday that Russia is considering a proposal to strengthen the Navy's operational readiness. "Russian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov suggested making changes to the Navy Activity Plan by 202," Shoigu said Tuesday, explaining that these "suggestions should provide for the reequipping of pe... more

Bergdahl Plans to Leave Army, Attend College

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell)

Military.com | Aug 19, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl plans to leave the Army and attend college if he is cleared of potential desertion charges following the Army's investigation into his capture in Afghanistan, Bergdahl's lawyer said Tuesday. Bergdahl would be eligible for college funding under the GI Bill if he received an honorable discharge, but his lawyer declined comm... more

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