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  1. Israel plans to increase its planned procurement of the F-35 joint strike fighter Lockheed Martin

    Israel Planning To Increase F-35 Buy

    Israel is set to place a second order of F-35 joint strike fighters, bringing its planned procurement of the stealthy, fifth-generation jet up to 44.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  2. Iraqi soldiers drive an armored vehicle in Jurf al-Sakhr on Oct. 27 after military forces retook the area south of the capital from Islamic State militants. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    White House Official: We Had To Leave Iraq 'To Find a Way Back on the Security Side'

    A top White House official today offered a detailed defense of the Obama administration's often-maligned Iraq policy after the 2011 withdrawal of the last US troops, insisting that the US tried to work out a deal to allow military trainers and fighter air

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  3. Kurds in Turkey greet peshmerga convoys Oct. 29 Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters were on their way by land and by air, joining militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobani from the Islamic State group. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    US Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Near Kobani

    US warplanes renewed air strikes against Islamic State jihadists near the Syrian town of Kobani, as Iraqi peshmerga soldiers prepared to reinforce their fellow Kurds in the border area, the US military said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  4. An aviation boatswain's mate (Handling) directs an EA-18G Growler on Oct. 19 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Scott Fenaroli / US Navy

    Pentagon: US Air War on Islamic State Costing $8.3 Million a Day

    The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  5. Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Israeli Firm Adapts Iron Dome for Intercepts at Sea

    Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  6. Local Liberians check the temperature of members of the U.S. Public Health Service on Oct. 27 during Operation United Assistance, Oct. 27, 2014. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    US Army Isolating Some Soldiers Returning from Africa

    The US Army has begun isolating soldiers returning from the Ebola outbreak zone in West Africa, but so far the Pentagon has not imposed a new forcewide policy to quarantine all troops who participate in that mission.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  7. The Eros A satellite is built by Israel Aerospace Industries. ImageSat International

    Israel Positions Itself To Boost Satellite Business

    After silently settling what many here have characterized as the most potentially damaging lawsuit in Israeli aerospace history, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has taken full control of ImageSat International (ISI), a company it created to stimulate sa

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  8. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ilmars Znotins / AFP

    Erdogan Says Syrian Kurds 'Don't Want' Peshmerga in Kobane

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists trying to overrun the town of Kobane, reports said Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  9. A rocket is launched March 2 by rebel fighters towards a pro-government forces position in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun. Ghaith Omran / AFP

    German Spies Warn Islamic State Has Anti-Aircraft Rockets, Report Says

    Germany's intelligence service believes Islamic State jihadist fighters in northern Iraq possess anti-aircraft weapons that could take down passenger jets, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  10. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

    India Chooses Israel Over US for $525M Missile Deal, Sources Say

    India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize its aging military, official sources said Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  11. The Canadian Parliament is seen Oct. 23 in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. Peter McCabe / AFP

    Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions To A Tee

    While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  12. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    US Official: Iraq Army Not Ready To Repel Islamic State

    US airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior US military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US-Led Strikes Kill More Than 500 Militants in Syria

    US-led airstrikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. Soldiers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.-based 1st Area Medical Laboratory will set up laboratories to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 20th CBRNE Command/Army

    US Army Medical Lab Joining Ebola Fight in West Africa

    A US Army medical laboratory designed to detect battlefield contaminants is joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa and will be deploying next week, according to an Army announcement.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  15. Syria says it destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group, which are believed to include Soviet-era MiG-23 fighter jets such as this one pictured in Libya in 2011. Russian Aircraft Corp.

    Syria Says It Shot Down 2 of 3 'Islamic State Warplanes'

    Syria's air force has destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with Islamic State group fighters in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 19. Mohammed Sawaf / AFP via Getty Images

    New Iraqi Defense Minister Vows To Probe Army Debacle in IS Assault

    Iraq's new defense minister vowed Tuesday to investigate military failings that allowed the Islamic State group to overrun large areas of the country and to hold those responsible to account.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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