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  • Italy considering more active anti-Islamic State in Iraq 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:20 pm

    ROME - Italy is considering playing a more active role in Iraq combating the Islamic State group but no decision has been made.

  • Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria , officials say 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:58 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia's move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran's most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell The Associated Press.

  • Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:18 pm

    ROME - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.

  • Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority? story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-07-15 9:49 am

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a "mistake," may have exceeded the rules American forces have operated under since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say.

  • Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 4:03 pm

    ROME - Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he's nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily on Tuesday that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."

  • Russian entry into Syria's air wars raises worries story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - Russia's entry into the crowded and sometimes uncoordinated air wars in Syria is making the U.S. increasingly nervous, reflecting concern at the Pentagon and in Europe about the risk of accidents or unintended conflict.

  • US officials question Russian flight incursion into Turkey 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:13 pm

    MADRID - The U.S. does not believe Russia's incursion into Turkey's airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident.

  • Pentagon chief: Afghan situation 'confused and complicated' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-05-15 9:00 am

    MADRID - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday promised a full and transparent investigation into whether a U.S. aircraft providing support for American and Afghan commandos was responsible for the explosions that destroyed a hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing 22 people.

  • The Latest: Moon condemns deadly Kunduz hospital bombing story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 3:48 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The latest developments from Afghanistan, where the international charity Doctors Without Borders says that at least 19 people were killed when its clinic came under "sustained bombing" as government and international forces continue to battle Taliban fighters in the northern city of Kunduz (all times local):

  • Obama criticizes Russia on Syria, defends his own strategy story has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 3:10 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vehemently rejecting Russia's military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissing the idea that Moscow is strengthening its hand in the region. He vows not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia "proxy war."

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • Russia criticizes US for seeking ouster of Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:01 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States and other countries trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, warning that U.S.-led campaigns that got rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi brought those countries turmoil, not peace.

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 1:16 am

    MOSCOW - Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

  • The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:37 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Iraq's stalemate in Ramadi raises doubts about US strategy story has photos
    Updated: Sep-26-15 11:43 am

    WASHINGTON - A summer of stalemate in the effort to reclaim the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, despite U.S.-backed Iraqi troops vastly outnumbering Islamic State fighters, calls into question not only Iraq's ability to win a test of wills over key territory but also the future direction of Washington's approach to defeating the extremist group.

  • Navy SEALs ready to open doors to women 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 12:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The commander of the Navy's special warfare units is recommending that the SEALs and combat crew jobs be opened to women, but he warns that women will have greater risk of injury and says the service may be pressured to adjust or lower standards for the jobs.

  • McCain: How did military bomb end up in Arizona scrap yard? 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 7:05 pm

    TUCSON, Arizona - U.S. Sen. John McCain wants the Department of Defense to explain how a 500-pound military bomb wound up in a scrap yard, where it partially exploded and killed an employee trying to cut into it.

  • Putin hopes to steal UN show with Syria-focused speech story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:54 am

    MOSCOW - With dozens of Russian combat jets and helicopter gunships lined up at an air base in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a big-time show at the United Nations General Assembly.

  • US: military talks with Moscow tied to Syria political path 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is still unsure of Russia's military intentions in Syria but intends no further conversations unless Moscow agrees to participate in talks aimed at a political solution to the civil war, Carter's spokesman said Tuesday.

  • Kerry: Russian fighter jets in Syria raise serious questions story has photos
    Updated: Sep-19-15 2:30 pm

    LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Russia's movement of tactical aircraft and surface-to-air missiles to Syria could pose a threat to American and allied forces, and made clear that the U.S. could accept a resolution to the civil war that allows President Bashar Assad to remain in power for an unspecified time.

  • AP sources: Top Marine recommends limits on women in combat 
    Updated: Sep-19-15 3:09 am

    WASHINGTON - The commandant of the Marine Corps is recommending that women be excluded from competing for certain front-line combat jobs, U.S. officials say, even as other military services are expected to allow women to serve in battlefield posts.

  • Russian, US military talks: Concerned over Syria 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 4:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - American and Russian military chiefs began talks Friday over Moscow's buildup in Syria, signaling the U.S. is resigned to Russia's emerging plans but anxious to avoid dangerous misunderstandings on the battlefield.

  • Carter speaks by phone with Russian counterpart over Syria 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 10:47 am

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter had a 50-minute conversation with his Russian counterpart over Moscow's military buildup in Syria.

  • Obama: Trio who thwarted train attack are 'best of America' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-17-15 11:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - This time, they suited up.

  • US effort to close Guantanamo prison still facing roadblocks 
    Updated: Sep-14-15 3:59 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's struggling quest to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics.