U.S. Military Says Senior ISIS Leader in Syria Killed in Drone Strike

The attack was the latest in a series of American operations against ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

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Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

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The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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Seaman Dies After ‘Hell Week’ of SEAL Training, Navy Says

Kyle Mullen of Manalapan, N.J., was one of two trainees who were hospitalized after completing several days of training outside San Diego.

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Witnesses Describe US-Led Syria Raid: ‘Those Who Remain Will Die’

Families living on the outskirts of Atmeh, Syria, said the U.S. raid that killed the ISIS leader made for a night of fear.

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The U.S. Bombed a Dam in Syria That Was on a ‘No-Strike’ List

A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.

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No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Drone Strike

The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

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How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl

The story of 8-year-old Asma, injured by a U.S. tear-gas canister, echoes the heartbreak and heroism of the 20-year American misadventure in Afghanistan.

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U.S. and Allies Plan Fight From Afar Against Al Qaeda Once Troops Exit Afghanistan

Drones, long-range bombers and spy networks will be used in an effort to prevent Afghanistan from re-emerging as a terrorist base to threaten the United States.

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Pentagon Begins Independent Inquiry Into Special Ops and War Crimes

The Defense Department inspector general will examine whether elite U.S. commando forces are doing enough to comply with the laws of armed conflict and hold violators accountable.

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.

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To Deter Iranian Attacks on U.S. Troops, Pentagon Orders B-52 Flights to Middle East

It was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had conducted long-range flights near Iranian air space on short notice.

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Army Investigates Deaths of Green Beret and Veteran at Fort Bragg

Officials have not said how the men died. They were identified as Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44.

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Who Are the Senior Officials at the Pentagon and the N.S.A?

The arrival of the new officials has prompted concerns. Their backgrounds offer insights into their policies.

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Navy Commandos Rescue American Kidnapped in Niger

U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a predawn raid in neighboring Nigeria to free the American before he could be sold to terrorists.

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

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U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.

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U.S. Commandos at Risk for Suicide: Is the Military Doing Enough?

An unreleased report commissioned by U.S. Special Operations Command found deficiencies in the military’s suicide-prevention programs for its elite troops.

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Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops

The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.

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U.S. Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill Qaeda Leader in Syria

Special Operations forces used a secret weapon designed to limit civilian casualties to strike the Qaeda veteran this month.

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U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.

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