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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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{FD} US Navy SEAL killed in Somalia

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A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed Thursday fighting terror group Al Shabab — Al Qaeda’s third-largest affiliate — in Somalia, U.S. officials told Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} 8 Al Qaeda operatives killed in drone strike in Yemen, including key leader

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The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Sunday killed eight operatives of the group known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, including a key leader. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon names Army Rangers killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

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The Rangers may have been killed by friendly fire from Afghan forces. Continue reading

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{FD} THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea nearly set

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The U.S.-delivered THAAD anti-ballistic missile system being installed in South Korea is set to be operational in a “couple of days,” as continued North Korean saber-rattling stirs fears of hostilities breaking out in the region and a U.S. carrier strike group steamed into “striking range” of the rogue state. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkish jets bomb US-backed forces in Iraq, Syria, US officials say

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More than 30 U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by Turkish jets last night, two American defense officials confirmed to Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea reportedly holds live-fire drill as US nuclear-powered sub approaches

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North Korea on Tuesday reportedly conducted a huge live-fire drill that involved up to 400 artillery pieces, which may have been supervised by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Continue reading

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{FD} Watch: MOAB makes impact against ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan

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The “Mother of all Bombs” dropped by the US can be seen in a recently released video exploding in the air and creating immense pressure in the air that officials said flattened a cave and tunnel complex controlled by the Islamic State in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Misdirected’ airstrike killed 18 allied Syrian forces, US military confirms

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The U.S. military confirmed Thursday a “misdirected” airstrike from the U.S.-led coalition this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State terror network in northern Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump Calls Destroyer Commanders to Thank Them for Syria Strikes

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President Donald Trump thanked Cmdrs. Russell Caldwell and Andria Slough, commanding officers of the Ross and Porter respectively. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 Things to Start Your Week

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Here are five news stories and events to start your week. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea vows to bolster its defenses, says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

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North Korea vowed to bolster its defenses to protect itself against airstrikes similar to the ones President Donald Trump ordered on Friday against a Syrian airbase. Continue reading

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{FD} US Navy aircraft carrier reverses course, heads back toward Korean peninsula

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson, previously scheduled for a port call in Australia has reversed course — and currently is heading back to waters off the Korean peninsula following recent provocations from North Korea. Continue reading

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{FD} Carrier Strike Group Sails Toward Korea After North’s Missile Test

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The Carl Vinson carrier strike group was ordered to cancel planned port visits in Australia and head toward the Korean peninsula. Continue reading

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{FD} Combat Vet, Doctor, State Senator Tapped for Army Secretary

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Trump has nominated Dr. Mark E. Green, a state senator and decorated West Point graduate, to be the 23rd secretary of the Army. Continue reading

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{FD} SGLI System Upgrade Allows Troops to Make Changes at Home

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U.S. sailors are now able to update their SGLI) information online, a major upgrade from the previous, old-fashioned method. Continue reading

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{FD} Army Announces Deployment of 1,500 Alaska-Based Troops

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The deployment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne, 25th Infantry Division to Afghanistan is part of a regular rotation. Continue reading

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{FD} First Two Marines Punished in Facebook Probe; Dozens More Investigated

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The Marine Corps has taken its first punitive action as part of an effort to crack down on misogynistic internet postings. Continue reading

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{FD} Coast Guard Hero’s Legacy Epitomizes Bond of Sea Services

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The sacrifice of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro exemplifies the bond shared by all those wearing the uniform, past and present. Continue reading

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{FD} About 20 Syrian jets destroyed in missile strike, defense officials say

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The U.S. missile strike targeting a major Syrian air base near Homs early Friday destroyed about 20 Syrian jets, two senior defense officials with knowledge of the strike told Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran issues threat over US strikes in Syria

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Iran “won’t be quiet” after the U.S. missile attack that hit a number of military targets in central Syria, Iran’s parliament news agency, ICANA.ir reported Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} The Most Read Stories This Week on Military.com

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Here’s a look at the most popular stories this week on Military.com. Continue reading

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{FD} US missiles target Syria airfield in response to chemical weapons attack

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The United States launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that cou… Continue reading

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{FD} US Launches Cruise Missile Strike on Syria

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The U.S. military has launched cruise missiles at targets in Syria in response to the recent deadly chemical attack against civilians. Continue reading

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{FD} Army Commemorates 100th Anniversary of US Entering WWI

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A modest ceremony at the Pentagon marked the decision by Congress on April 6, 1917, to declare war on Imperial Germany. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korean missile launch likely a failure, US officials say

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The Pentagon now assesses the North Korean missile launch Wednesday likely was a failure, Fox News has learned. Continue reading

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{FD} Coast Guard to Congress: Don’t Move Us to Pentagon

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The service is the only branch of the armed forces that falls under the Homeland Security Department rather than the Pentagon. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea’s ‘reckless’ actions must be stopped, Mattis says

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North Korea’s “reckless” actions in regards to its nuclear weapons and missile programs “has got to be stopped,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Video shows ISIS trying to bait US into killing civilians, military says

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The Islamic State has started using more sinister tactics in the five-month long fight for Mosul, a sign the terror group is getting even more desperate as its numbers dwindle, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} More US troops may be needed for fight against ISIS near Raqqa, general says

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More U.S. troops might be needed in Syria to support local fighters on the ground battling ISIS near their capital of Raqqa, the top U.S. general for American forces in the Middle East told Congress Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Mosul airstrike: ISIS may have used human shields, US general says

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Islamic State fighters in western Mosul likely herded innocent men, women and children into a building as human shields before the airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition that killed more than 100 people, a top U.S. general revealed Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} UN’s proposed nuclear weapons ban ‘unrealistic,’ US general tells Congress

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The top U.S. general in Europe said Tuesday the United Nations’ proposed ban on nuclear weapons had serious problems, telling Congress that it was “just not realistic” amid ongoing threats from North Korea and Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} US military conducts air assault in Syria against ISIS, a first

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For the first time since the start of the war against the Islamic State terror group, the U.S. military deployed American-trained Syrian forces via helicopter outside Raqqa — a tactic known as an “air assault,” a military spokesman said. Continue reading

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{FD} Syria airstrike killed Al Qaeda fighters but didn’t hit mosque, Pentagon says

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A U.S. airstrike in Syria killed “dozens” of Al Qaeda fighters — and may have eliminated some of the terror network’s “high value” leaders — but did not directly strike a mosque, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon shoots down reports of SEAL Team Six training in South Korea

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Reports that SEAL Team Six is training in South Korea are false, a senior defense official told Fox News on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian spy ship spotted southeast of Navy installation in Florida

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A Russian spy ship spotted “loitering” off Virginia last month has traveled south and was seen Thursday about 150 miles off Florida heading toward the Caribbean, U.S. officials told Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} US launches first military action in Yemen since Navy SEAL Ryan Owens killed

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The U.S. on Thursday engaged in its first military action in Yemen since the raid that killed Navy SEAL Ryan Owens in January, three US defense officials confirmed to Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he expects to retake Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria from the Islamic State group within the next six months and the fight for western Mosul to begin in days. Continue reading

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{FD} US, Yemen push back on reports of request to stop ground missions

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US Central Command reported Wednesday it would not change its anti-terror strategy in Yemen, after reports emerged that the Mideast country withdrew permission for U.S. ground operations there. Continue reading

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{FD} China sails warships near islands Mattis vowed to defend for Japan

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Three Chinese warships sailed near the contested Senkaku Islands Monday, apparently sending a message to the U.S. just two days after President Trump’s defense secretary visited Japan and vowed to defend the islands. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon reportedly failed to disclose thousands of US airstrikes in Middle East

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The U.S. military failed to disclose thousands of airstrikes over the last several years in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Military Times. Continue reading

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