Interview: Iraq 'Sleeper Cells' Fight Islamic State Group

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Hakim al-Zamili, a parliament member and head of Security and Defense Committee speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD — "Sleeper cells" made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State group positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told The Associated Press. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament's security and defense committee, are the first high-level confirma... more

Former Army Sexual Assaults Prosecutor Found Guilty of Rape

Legal books

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who oversaw sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg, military officials said Monday. Maj. Erik J. Burris was found guilty on two charges of rape, a charge of forcible sodomy, four charges of assault and a charge of disobeying an o... more

Kurds Celebrate Ousting Islamic State Fighters from Kobani

In this Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BEIRUT  — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group's black banner. On Kobani's war-ravaged streets, gunm... more

Leaders Mark Auschwitz Liberation 70 Years On Without Putin

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo Paula Lebovics, an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor points to a photo showing herself as a child and other children at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

OSWIECIM, Poland — When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes. That girl, today the 81-year-old Paula Lebovics, doesn't know who that soldier was, but... more

VA: Major Restructuring Will Set Standard Regional Boundaries

Robert McDonald

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a major restructuring effort Monday to streamline its often disjointed bureaucracy by standardizing service regions in the country and increasing coordination between them. For years, the nine organizations within the department have divided the country into their own regions with little or no coordi... more

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