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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 11 min ago
Iraqi and Kurdish forces are exchanging fire at the border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq.

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 35 min ago
Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition.

Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 44 min ago
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Former Marine charged in immigrant smuggling case

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 53 min ago
Tyler James Yeager was arrested after an undocumented Chinese citizen was found hidden inside the spare tire compartment the vehicle that Yeager was driving.

Ahoy! 'Old Ironsides,' world's oldest warship, sailing again

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:55
Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage.

Fort Drum aviators return from European deployment

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:52
The deployment, a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve 2.0, had soldiers mostly in Germany, with others spread to Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland. It was the brigade’s first deployment to Europe.

Hernandez hits 3 HRs, Dodgers top Cubs to reach World Series

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:39
It's the first pennant for one of baseball's most storied franchises since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:49
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol spray can, it can cause an explosion capable of disabling an airliner's fire suppression system.

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:57
Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two came into profile, with crews installing a corrugated metal surface on the eighth model on a dirt lot just a few steps from homes in Tijuana, Mexico.

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:27
The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

Contracts For Oct. 19, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
 CONTRACTS NAVY Sodexo Management Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being awarded $120,078,063 for
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Pentagon probing troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:46
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:12
White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier.

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:30
Republicans controlling the Senate appear set to muscle their $4 trillion budget plan through the Senate late Thursday, turning back successive attempts by Democrats to derail GOP plans for a tax cut later this year.

Decades of secrecy end soon if Trump allows release of last JFK assassination records

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:21
Generations of professional and amateur sleuths have spent decades steeped in the details of the JFK assassination. In coming days, they’ll be able to pore through thousands more files kept classified for 54 years — unless President Donald Trump steps in.

Bilateral Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Lieberman

DoD Speeches - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:15
Bilateral Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Lieberman Remarks as Delivered by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, The Pentagon, Washington, DC, Oct. 19, 2017

Minister Lieberman, Ambassador, members of the delegation, it is always good to have you here. We meet today to reaffirm our two democracies’ strong relationship.

 

It is good to go back to principles sometimes. In 1948, President Truman recognized Israel’s independence within hours of its declaration. Since then, Israel and the U.S. have developed what President Reagan called an “ironclad bond,” forged by shared democratic values, regional security concerns, and global security concerns – and in this case, regional security really is global security.

 

Today, Israel and the United States partner to confront myriad threats posed by nations in Israel’s neighborhood wishing to foment instability – instability that reverberates around the world. And we appreciate those in region who choose, instead, to promote stability.

 

It is critical, today more than ever, that we foster integrated responses to these threats and reinforce our already robust collaboration on key security issues by forming working groups that expand and deepen our relationship in this dynamic environment.

 

Today, we will discuss how we can further strengthen our security relationship. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the regional security situation and what issues concern you most. Minister, members of the delegation, thank you for coming. You are most welcome here.

 

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Orchestrate a campaign of conquest in challenging ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:09
Anyone familiar with “The Lord of the Rings” knows that fighting orcs is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it or the Dark Lord wins. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” lets you take up a sword and bow to join the battle against Sauron. And it’s definitely hard work.

CIA Director: North Korea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:56
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities.

Plan to replace ‘Choice’ also will modernize VA health system

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:40
Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans service organizations will begin to spar this month over final details of a plan that not only will replace the much-maligned Veterans Choice program but empower VA to modernize large parts of its health care system.

Michigan to test water near National Guard combat center for contamination

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:39
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will soon begin testing about 150 residential water wells near a combat training center for possible contamination.
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