Iraq

Taliban Gets 'Windfall' from Poppy Harvest to Fund Offensives

Afghan Poppy Field

The Taliban will reap "windfall" profits from a bumper poppy harvest in Afghanistan this spring to fund coming offensives, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul said Thursday. "The poppy crop is really the engine that provides all the money that fuels the Taliban," and the insurgents were expected to benefit from "this very good poppy crop that th... more

Marines Cutting Six Ospreys from Crisis Response Task Force

U.S. Marines with the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa load into an V-22 Osprey during a demonstration as part of exercise African Lion 16 at Tifnit, Kingdom of Morocco, April 26, 2016. (U.S. Air Force/Krystal Ardrey)

Back-to-back years of budget cuts are forcing the Marine Corps to slash in half its fleet of crisis response Ospreys in Spain, a move that comes as the force struggles to maintain its overall state of readiness, according to senior Defense Department officials. During a Senate appropriations hearing last week, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chai... more

110-year-old WWII Veteran from Louisiana Dies

In this Dec. 7, 2015 photo, Frank Levingston Jr., of Lake Charles, La., is greeted by visitors following a wreath laying ceremony to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor at the World War II Memorial in Washington. (AP Harnik)

NEW ORLEANS — A 110-year-old Louisiana man who enlisted in the Army during World War II to serve his country has died. Local television station KPLC-TV in Lake Charles reported that Frank Levingston died Tuesday. Multiple media outlets described him as the country's oldest World War II veteran but that could not be independently confirmed. Le... more

Video Offers Rare Look Inside a US Nuclear Attack Submarine

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto with Commodore Ollie Lewis, Commander, Submarine Squadron 12 (Photo Credit: Jeremy Moorhead/CNN)

A news video released Thursday takes viewers on a rare tour inside a U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto this week spent time with the submariners aboard the USS Missouri during a training mission off the coast of Florida. The crew recently returned from a six-month deployment to the U.S. Eu... more

Pentagon Reviews 'Force Protection' Methods in Iraq after SEAL's Death

U.S. Navy file photo of Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The U.S. Defense Department is reviewing force protection measures for U.S. troops moving forward with local forces in Iraq following the "surprise" ISIS counter-attack north of Mosul in which Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was killed, the Pentagon's spokesman said Thursday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said "hard questions" had to be aske... more

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