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North Korea Fires Missiles as US Military Exercise Begins

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third left, inspects his forces.

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the ocean Monday in an apparent response to the kickoff of the longest U.S.-South Korea annual military exercise. "North Korea launched two missiles that are being assumed short-range ballistic missiles, having a range of more than 490 kilometers [304 miles], in the direction to the East Sea from ... more

Afghan Army Takes on Taliban in First Solo Offensive

Afghans carry an injured boy at an emergency hospital in Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, in February 2015. The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban. Abdul Khaliq/AP

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops. Afghan troops have been slowly pushing up through a fertile river valley in the southern H... more

Congress' Dysfunction Not Limited to Homeland Security Fight


WASHINGTON -- Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn't finish their work last year and it's showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama's immigration policies on a bill providin... more

Iraq State TV: Operation to Retake Tikrit Begins

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, center, speaks to his soldiers after a military operation to regain control of the university of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq, in December 2014. Hadi Mizban, File/AP

BAGHDAD -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. But hours into ... more

101st Returns Home From Liberia and Ebola Mission

Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, left, and Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA and 101st, case their unit colors during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. Photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy

A small number of U.S. troops will remain in Liberia to build on major gains in combating the Ebola virus following the return of more than 1,000 troops from the 101st Airborne Division, the Pentagon said Friday. The 101st ended its mission in Liberia, where Ebola cases and transmission rates have fallen dramatically since the first U.S. s... more

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