Iraq

PTSD Argued in Case of Marine Jailed in Mexico

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25

SAN DIEGO -- There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Tahmooressi says he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His attorney argues Mexican Customs officials also violated his rights by hol... more

US Officials See Signs of New Life in Iraqi Army

An Iraqi Army trainer leads a course in building clearance at the Besmaya Training Center on Dec. 17, 2009. Much of the training at the American-funded center was led by an Iraqi cadre of some 800 soldiers. Stars and Stripes photo

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say. "We've seen them start to act like an arm... more

Report Finds Army Discriminated Against Transgender Employee

The Pentagon celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month in 2012. A transgender Army civilian faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced. Chad J. McNeeley/Navy

A transgender Army civilian, who was restricted from using a female bathroom in the workplace and was called "sir" by colleagues, faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation at the hands of the Department of the Army, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday in a ruling that is being hailed as a landmark decision. Wh... more

Report: Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas on Iraqi Police

This undated image posted on a militant website Jan. 4, 2014, shows Shakir Waheib, a senior member of the Islamic State, left, next to a burning police vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province.

The Islamic State group used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers in what appears to be the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by the militants, according to a Washington Post report. The attack on 11 Iraqi police occurred Sept. 15, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, according to an Iraqi defense ministry official cited by the Post.  ... more

Army Says Only 30% of Americans Could Join

New recruits are sworn in during the Army Reserve Mega Event in Whitehall, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo)

The U.S. Army now says that seven out of 10 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to become soldiers. The alarming reduction in the pool of prospective soldiers worries Army brass and they largely attribute it to three issues: obesity or health problems; lack of a high school education; and criminal histories. "There's a re... more

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