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Poland's, Lithuania's PMs discuss higher security, migration

Sep. 17, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. ...

Iraqi refugee gets 45 years for police officer's shooting

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head. The Gazette reports Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi was convicted in June of attempted murder and other charges and was sentenced...

Iraq election chief vows fair elections despite concerns

Sep. 15, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is taking measures to close loopholes and conduct fair elections despite attempts to compromise the upcoming polls, the head of Iraq’s electoral commission said. Judge Jaleel Adnan Khalaf, chairman of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral...

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt US in 9/11 wars

Sep. 13, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It's the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in...

Auditors highlight flaws in EU migrant deportation program

Sep. 13, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors said Monday that the 27-nation bloc’s program for deporting migrants is not working well but they warned that any attempts to force countries to take their citizens back by coercion could be counterproductive. The EU has been...

Rhode Island VFW post renamed in honor of veteran

Sep. 13, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Rhode Island has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later dedicated his life to helping other veterans in crisis. Post 272 in Warwick was rededicated Saturday as the...

Death and suffering in Iraq a painful legacy of 9/11 attacks

Sep. 12, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. But the terrorist attacks in the United States changed forever the lives of Iraqis. In their aftermath, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, swiftly deposing the Taliban regime that had been sheltering Osama bin Laden, the...

2 Turkish soldiers die in cross-border ops, taking toll to 4

Sep. 12, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two Turkish troops died on Sunday after being attacked during cross-border operations in Syria and Iraq, Turkish officials said. The casualties take the weekend toll to four deaths. One soldier was killed by fire from “separatist terrorists” as his...

Drones target northern Iraqi airport after 2 month lull

Sep. 11, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Explosives-laden drones targeted Irbil international airport in northern Iraq late Saturday where U.S.-led coalition troops are stationed with no reports of casualties, according to security forces and officials in Kurdish-run region. Kurdistan's...

From battlefield to Tokyo: Combat vets vie at Paralympics

Sep. 11, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — The bald, broad-shouldered cyclist has spent years remembering a nighttime road in a faraway city. He can still describe the city’s narrow streets and crushing heat. He talks about the dead end that forced his convoy turn around. And the...