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{FD} Mattis expected to back transgender troops — if they can deploy, official says

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to recommend to President Trump that transgender people can serve in the U.S. military if they can deploy overseas, a U.S. official with knowledge of the secretary’s thinking on the issue told Fox News Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Major intelligence, strategic failures helped spur US soldiers’ deaths in Niger, report says

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A new bombshell report details the latest worldwide oversight in The War on Terror that lead to the deaths of four U.S. soldiers killed on Oct. 4 in Niger — the largest loss of American troops during combat on the continent of Africa since the 1993 “Bl… Continue reading

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{FD} Major Pentagon agency failed to account for more than $800 million

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One of the Defense Department’s largest agencies admitted Monday that it could not account for more than $800 million that had been earmarked for various construction projects. Continue reading

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{FD} Another US antiballistic missile test fails, officials say

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A test of an American missile defense system failed early Wednesday morning in Hawaii, two U.S. defense officials tell Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon restricts data on Taliban presence in Afghanistan for the first time

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The Defense Department has told its inspector general overseeing the reconstruction of Afghanistan to not make public data on how much of the country is controlled by insurgent groups, the watchdog said in a new report published Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} US kills 150 ISIS fighters in Syria airstrike during government shutdown, Pentagon says

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The Pentagon says it killed 150 ISIS fighters in an airstrike in eastern Syria, while the US federal government was shut down Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Star Wars’ references stripped from Pentagon memo

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A Pentagon memo saturated with “Star Wars” references was recalled and stripped of its allusions to the galaxy far, far away, according to a report Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Trump agreed to delay US-South Korean exercises

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WASHINGTON– The Trump administration has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month, the Pentagon said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis believes North Korea will face ‘increased pressure’ in coming months

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he thinks the world will exert “increased pressure” on North Korea in the coming months following recent maritime incidents in waters near China and the controversial development of its nuclear weapons program. Continue reading

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{FD} Three US cities sue Pentagon over failure to report convictions

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Three major U.S. cities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department for allegedly failing to report criminal convictions of people in the military to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its national gun background check database. Continue reading

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{FD} Defense cuts looming unless Congress takes action next month

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Billions of dollars meant for defense may never make it to the armed forces if Congress doesn’t act when it returns to work next month. Continue reading

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{FD} Veterans turned congressmen push for DOJ investigation into Assad’s targeting of US troops

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Two House lawmakers and combat veterans are leading a bipartisan effort urging the Justice Department to open an investigation into the role the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, played in targeting American troops during the war in Iraq. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration requests emergency stay to stop transgender enlistment in January

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The Justice Department on Monday night requested an emergency stay to a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that would require the Pentagon to start accepting transgender recruits on Jan. 1. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon says transgender people can enlist starting in January, after court order

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The Defense Department plans to allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1, Pentagon officials confirmed to Fox News on Monday, after a federal court ordered the military to do so despite opposition from President Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Who owns art made by Guantanamo detainees? The artist captives? Or the US?

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An art exhibit in New York City of cell block art made by detainees at Guantánamo is raising questions about ownership of intellectual property. Continue reading

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{FD} Hundreds more US troops now in Somalia, but Pentagon denies ‘build up’

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The Pentagon announced in a statement Thursday there are now “more than” 500 US troops on the ground in Somalia. Continue reading

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{FD} Army drops plans to give waivers to recruits with history of mental illness

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The Army’s top officer said Wednesday that the service had “rescinded” a controversial memo permitting people with a history of severe mental illness to seek waivers allowing them to join up. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon pays for service member’s gender reassignment surgery

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An active-duty service member has undergone gender reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals

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Facing low recruitment levels, the U.S. Army quietly lifted its ban on allowing people with a history of mental illness, self-mutilation and drug abuse to serve in the military – despite warnings from the industry about the risks involved. Continue reading

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{FD} Vets walk across America to honor fallen brothers and raise suicide awareness

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For army veterans, Joe Cox, Russ Collins and Adam Lingo, the journey to the Washington Redskins’ FedExField and Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game began nine years ago when their fellow soldiers and teenage Iraqi translator “Roy” died as brothers in Sin… Continue reading

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{FD} Vets walk across America to honor fallen brothers who committed suicide

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For army veterans, Joe Cox, Russ Collins and Adam Lingo, the journey to the Washington Redskins’ FedExField and Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game began nine years ago when their fellow soldiers and teenage Iraqi translator “Roy” died as brothers in Sin… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump Pentagon pick says its ‘insane’ for civilians to own semi-automatic weapons

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President Trump’s nominee to lead the military health system said Tuesday he thinks it is “insane” for civilians to be able to purchase semi-automatic rifles like the one a gunman used to kill 26 people at a Texas church. Continue reading

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{FD} Navy faults US warships in summer Pacific collisions that killed 17 sailors, officials say

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A new report by the U.S. Navy into collisions involving two of its warships found both American ships at fault, Navy officials told Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} Tillerson, Mattis make case for war powers authority in Senate hearing in wake of Niger ambush

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis told Senate lawmakers at a hearing Monday that the U.S. needs the authority to deploy troops oversees to fight terror, as the killing of four U.S. service members in Niger earlier this… Continue reading

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{FD} DC court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

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A federal judge on Monday barred President Donald Trump’s administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service. Continue reading

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{FD} Second Special Operations team was on ground near Niger ambush

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The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that a second U.S. Special Operations team was in the area when a Special Forces team was ambushed in Niger earlier this month. Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after Trump order

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The Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an “acute shortage of pilots.” Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon revamps program that puts immigrant recruits on path to US citizenship

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is revamping a program that puts foreign-born recruits on a fast-track to U.S. citizenship in exchange for military service as doctors, nurses and language experts. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Dreamers’ in military in limbo after Trump decision to wind down DACA

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President Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program shielding illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children has left hundreds of military service members facing an uncertain future. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump discusses cutting North Korea’s nuke capabilities with Chinese president

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President Trump on Wednesday spoke with President Xi Jinping of China about the “denuke of North Korea” as lawmakers in Washington received classified briefings on the threat. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon admits thousands more troops are in Afghanistan than previously disclosed

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The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that there are thousands more American troops deployed in Afghanistan than repeatedly disclosed. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis freezes Trump ban on transgender troops pending review

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday night that the Pentagon’s current policy on transgender troops “will remain in place” while President Trump’s directive banning transgender people from joining the military undergoes an expert study. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump to send Pentagon guidelines on transgender military ban

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President Trump will instruct the Pentagon to stop admitting transgender individuals into the military, Fox News has confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration to set rules for military transgender ban

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The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a policy that will allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to kick them out of the military. Continue reading

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{FD} Afghanistan speech: Trump says nation ‘needs to unify,’ honors America’s ‘heroes’

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President Trump touted the United States military forces on Monday night as a “special class of heroes” who are “unmatched in history,” at the top of his address slated to unveil the administration’s Afghanistan policy. Continue reading

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{FD} Afghanistan speech: Trump rejects ‘timetables,’ ups pressure on Pakistan, refocuses on ‘killing terrorists’

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President Trump outlined a comprehensive new strategy Monday night for achieving a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan – rejecting what he called “arbitrary timetables” for the U.S. troop presence, ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring militants and vowing to refocus the mission on “killing terrorists,” not nation-building. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump approves sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, senior official says

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President Trump will announce during his address to the nation Monday night that he has approved sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, Fox News has learned. Continue reading

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{FD} US service member killed in Afghanistan, Pentagon says

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One U.S. service member died fighting an Islamic State affiliate in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, according to a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} China’s military is key to helping resolve North Korea tension, Joint Chiefs chairman says

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The key to stopping the ratcheting tension between North Korea and the U.S. could be North Korea’s biggest ally: China, the top U.S. general said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon delays enlistment of transgender recruits

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The Pentagon has delayed enlistment of transgender people into the armed services for another six months. Continue reading

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{FD} US watched North Korea prepare for ICBM launch

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U.S. officials watched the fueling of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile fired Tuesday — but apparently did not activate any anti-missile systems to shoot the rocket down. Continue reading

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{FD} US Navy weighing options for boosting fleet size, as hostile maritime forces grow

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U.S. Navy officials are weighing options for boosting the size of their fleet, which appears increasingly inadequate to handle growing maritime threats from China, Iran and Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} US drones in Somalia target major Al Qaeda affiliate

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As airstrikes ramp up against terrorist groups around the globe, the U.S. military says it conducted a drone strike Sunday in Somalia against Al Qaeda’s third largest affiliate, al-Shabab. Continue reading

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{FD} Yemen Al Qaeda boss killed in US airstrike, military officials say

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A US airstrike killed Abu Khattab al Awlaqi, a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and two of his close associates, US Central Command announced Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea eyed as US readies missile defense test

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The Pentagon’s missile defense test Tuesday has been planned for years, but nobody planned for just how pivotal its timing would be. Continue reading

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{FD} Syria condemns US airstrikes as ‘flagrant aggression’

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U.S. airstrikes against pro-Assad regime forces near the Syrian border with Jordan has left several soldiers dead, according to a Syrian military official. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis meets with Turkey PM amid row over arming Syrian Kurds

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Two days after the Pentagon said it would supply arms to Syrian Kurds, a group that NATO-ally Turkey considers terrorists, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on the sidelines of a conference in London, a defense department spokesperson said in a statement. Continue reading

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{FD} Inside Afghanistan: Are more US troops what Afghans want?

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The Afghan people are conflicted about a U.S. troop increase, knowing that they depend on such help to fight the Taliban but uncertain about America’s motives. Continue reading

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{FD} Top US general affirms pledge to ‘de-conflicting’ operations in Syria with Russian counterpart

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The top U.S. military officer General Joseph Dunford and Russia’s military chief of staff affirmed their commitment to avoid clashes in the crowded airspace over Syria, the Pentagon said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Safe-zone deal in Syria takes effect as US pledges to continue fight against ISIS

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U.S. and coalition military planes will not be allowed to fly over designated “safe zones” in Syria under a Russian proposal that has the backing of Iran and Turkey. Continue reading

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