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UK F-35 fighters fly missions from Cyprus over Syria, Iraq

Jun. 25, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Britain's most advanced military aircraft, the Lightning F-35B, has flown its first missions over Syria and Iraq as part of ongoing operations against remnants of the Islamic State group, the U.K.'s defense secretary said. Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement released...

Doctor: Stabbing by Navy SEAL could have killed prisoner

Jun. 24, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pathologist testified Monday at a Navy SEAL's murder trial that a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq could have died from a stabbing described by other witnesses. Dr. Frank Sheridan said he couldn't determine a cause of death because of a lack of evidence. There was no body, no...

O'Rourke proposes new 'war tax' to fund veteran health care

Jun. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his...

Iraqi official: Parliament approves 3 key Cabinet ministers

Jun. 24, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deputy parliament speaker says the legislature has approved three Cabinet ministers whose posts have been vacant since the formation of the government in October. Hassan al-Kaabi told The Associated Press that the parliament approved Najah al-Shammari for defense minister, Yassin...

UN rights chief: Relatives of ex-IS fighters should go home

Jun. 24, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of relatives of former foreign fighters in the Islamic State group should be repatriated, the U.N. human rights chief said Monday, insisting children in particular have suffered "grievous violations" of their rights — a challenge to European and other countries that have been...

Iraqi special forces kill 14 IS militants in country's north

Jun. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces say they have conducted an operation near the northern city of Kirkuk in which they killed 14 members of the Islamic State group. A statement from Iraqi Counterterrorism Forces on Monday says that during the operation, Iraqi forces received support from warplanes of the...

Australia repatriating 8 youth from Islamic State families

Jun. 24, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eight Australian offspring of two slain Islamic State group fighters had been removed from Syria in Australia's first organized repatriation from the conflict zone, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the eight children being repatriated...

Iraq boosts security measures at base where US trainers stay

Jun. 22, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security measures were increased at one of Iraq's largest air bases that houses American trainers following an attack last week, a top Iraqi air force commander said Saturday. The U.S. military said operations at the base were going on as usual and there were currently no plans to evacuate...

Fellow SEALs say chief shot girl and old man in Iraq

Jun. 21, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Navy SEALs testified Friday that their platoon chief gunned down a young girl and an old man in Iraq in 2017 from his sniper's perch, though neither witnessed him pulling the trigger. The SEALs said shots came from the tower where Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was posted...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

Jun. 21, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new defense secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump announced Friday that he would nominate Mark Esper to lead the...