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Obama Broadens Mission to Allow US Troops to Engage Taliban Fighters

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama br... more

Al-Qaeda in Yemen Denounces ISIS

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot's purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, said such expansionist intentions are "driving a ... more

Obama’s Immigration Orders Pose Potential Recruiting Boon

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President Obama's executive immigration order would remove a major obstacle currently barring children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants from joining the military, Pentagon officials said Friday. The existing rules bar enlistment to U.S. citizens who have undocumented family members living in the U.S., said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen,... more

TDY Reimbursement Cuts Worry Military Families

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The U.S. military expects to save $22 million annually through recent cuts to the reimbursement rate for long term temporary duty (TDY) assignment expenses, officials said. But that announcement has sparked warnings among military family watchdog groups that such penny pinching could negatively impact families. "It bothers us to see DoD trying... more

Auto Repair: Checking and Packing Wheel Bearings

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As you can see in Figure 15-7, wheel bearings usually come in pairs of inner and outer bearings. They allow your wheels to turn freely over thousands of miles by cushioning the contact between the wheel and the spindle it sits on with frictionless bearings and lots of nice, gooey grease. This grease tends to pick up dust, dirt, and little pa... more

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