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Identifying Pearl Harbor's dead, 75 years on

Washington - Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 Americans, a group of forensic scientists in Hawaii is still working to identify the remains of the dead.

A Cuban veteran remembers 'Che' and Fidel Castro

Santa Clara - Luis Monteagudo, a hardened Cuban military veteran, remembers with pride fighting alongside revolution icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara and watching maximum leader Fidel Castro fire a gun.

Philippine troops fire artillery at Islamic militants in south

Malalis - Troops on Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city.

Philippine troops fire artillery at Islamic militants in south

Malalis - Troops on Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city.

Philippine troops fire artillery at Islamic militants in south

Malalis - Troops on Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city.

Fidel Castro's military forays into Africa

Havana - Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away on the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead.

Erdogan, Putin in Syria talks after Turkish soldiers killed

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syrian conflict with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone Friday after the Turkish army accused Moscow ally Damascus of killing its soldiers in northern Syria.

Turkey reinstates over 6,000 teachers suspended after coup

Ankara - Turkish authorities have reinstated over 6,000 teachers suspended after the July failed coup accused of terror links, the education ministry said on Friday.

Turkey dismisses over 15,000 in latest coup purge

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday dismissed over 15,000 more civil servants, police officers and military personnel within the state of emergency imposed after the July failed coup, in a purge that shows no sign of slowing.

US warns Syrian generals they will face trial

Damas - The United States on Monday named a dozen Syrian generals and officers accused of leading attacks on civilian targets and running torture prisons, warning they will one day face justice.

Pentagon, intelligence leaders seek NSA chief's removal: reports

Washington - Top US military and intelligence leaders are pushing President Barack Obama to fire National Security Agency chief Admiral Michael Rogers, US media reporte, even as Rogers is apparently being considered for a senior position in the Trump administration...

Raqa assault to likely take longer than Pentagon chief predicts

Washington - After Iraqi security forces eventually recapture Mosul, the Islamic State group will be left with only Raqa in neighboring Syria as a bastion, and the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" will be largely gone.

Chelsea Manning makes second suicide attempt in US prison

Washington - Imprisoned transgender US soldier Chelsea Manning tried to commit suicide last month while serving time in solitary confinement for a first attempt in July, her representatives said Friday.

US strike killed Afghanistan Al-Qaeda leader Qahtani: official

Washington - The US military confirmed it had killed Al-Qaeda's emir for northeastern Afghanistan during an air strike last month, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

Three US troops confirmed dead in Jordan shooting: US official

Washington - Three US troops were killed in a shooting attack outside a Jordanian training facility on Friday, a US official said, following earlier reports that one or two US personnel were dead.

US general says missile system in S. Korea in 8-10 months

Seoul - The United States will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea in eight to 10 months despite strong objections from China and Russia, a US military chief said Friday.

Fighting from above: the air war on IS

Washington - The Iraqi security forces' seemingly inexorable push toward Mosul saw fighting begin in the city itself this week, but it is the work taking place in the skies above that has enabled the dramatic advance.

Iran commander says US in 'strong decline'

Tehran - A senior Iranian military official welcomed Thursday what he said was the "strong decline" of the United States, during celebrations marking the start of the 1979 US embassy siege.

'National Bird' shines light on secretive drone wars

Los Angeles - The convoy had stopped for prayers in a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan when the Hellfire missiles came out of a clear blue sky, incinerating vehicles and liquidating 23 unarmed civilians.

Temporary lockdown at US naval base in Japan

Toukyo - A US military base in southern Japan went into a brief lockdown Thursday following reports of gunshots, but declared "all clear" after finding no evidence that shots were fired.

Turkish foreign minister hits back at 'weak' Iraq PM

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denounced Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as "weak" on Wednesday, further escalating tensions after Baghdad warned Ankara about provoking a confrontation through deploying tanks near Iraq.

Woes mount for beleaguered Afghan security forces

Washington - As Afghan military forces near the end of a second year leading security operations across their battered country, new numbers highlight a sobering reality: They are being killed in horrific numbers.

Iraq PM warns Turkey as Ankara deploys troops

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday warned Turkey against provoking a confrontation while saying he does not want war, after Ankara deployed tanks and artillery near the border.

China's secretive J-20 stealth fighter unveiled in flyby debut

Zhuhai - Two of China's secretive J-20 warplanes swept over a gasping crowd at the Zhuhai air show Tuesday, potent symbols of Beijing's aspirations to military might.

4 Iranian arms shipments to Yemen stopped: US admiral

Dubai - Warships from the US Navy and allied nations have intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to war-ravaged Yemen since April 2015, a US admiral said Thursday.

Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan killed, spy agency confirms

Kabul - Two top Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan were killed in a US drone attack, the nation's spy agency confirmed Thursday, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

US reassures Asian allies no policy change on N.Korea

Toukyo - The United States on Thursday reassured its key Asian allies Japan and South Korea that its policy seeking North Korea's nuclear disarmament remains unchanged, after its intelligence chief called it a "lost cause".

Russia scraps Spain fuel stop for Syria-bound warships

Madrid - Russia scrapped plans Wednesday to refuel Syria-bound warships in a Spanish port after Madrid came under pressure to refuse access to a flotilla that may be used to help attacks on Aleppo.

Spain under pressure to refuse refuel of Russian warships

Madrid - Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports.

Top US general visits key hub in fight for Mosul

Gayara - A top US Army general flew in to an airbase south of Mosul that will prove vital in Iraqi forces' offensive on the Islamic State-held city.
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