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Gen. Frank McKenzie, center front, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, walks as he visits a military outpost in Syria, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. McKenzie made the unannounced visit to Syria, traveling to five different military outposts to meet with troops, hear from commanders and talk with the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

General: US committed to Syria fight; Missions up against IS

Jan. 25, 2020 6:05 PM EST

GREEN VILLAGE MILITARY OUTPOST (AP) — U.S. troops at military outposts ín eastern Syria asked variations of the same question to their top commander Saturday: What is our future here? What are the goals we need to think about? Gen. Frank McKenzie, the U.S Middle East commander, knows the future is not...

In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone walks to the podium to begin the presentation of the case by the defense during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment defense and the facts

Jan. 25, 2020 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers opened his Senate impeachment defense Saturday with the false assertion that Democrats tried to shut the president's team out of the congressional inquiry that preceded the charges. Actually, Democrats invited Trump to participate and he declined....

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, Spc. Angel Batista, 26, left to right, of Bloomingdale, N.J., Spc. Jacob Greene, 22, of Shreveport, La., and Sgt. Joe Altmann, 26, of Marshfield, Wisc., with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sit beneath a new American flag just raised to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Most Afghans want US and NATO troops to leave  Afghanistan once a peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey carried out by the American Institute of War and Peace Studies.  The survey conducted in 2019,  between Nov. 23 and Dec. 20 has a five percent margin of error. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Survey: Nearly half of Afghans want US troops out after deal

Jan. 25, 2020 6:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nearly half of all Afghans want U.S. and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan once a peace deal to end the country's 18-year war is signed with the Taliban, according to a survey released Thursday. The Institute of War and Peace Studies also found that an overwhelming 80% of Afghans...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Dems say oust Trump or he'll betray again; 'He is who he is'

Jan. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They then implored Republican senators to allow...

Logo for the newly-created Space Force.;

Trump touts logo for new Space Force, with nod to Star Trek

Jan. 24, 2020 10:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's new U.S. Space Force is not Star Trek's Starfleet Command, but their logos bear a striking similarity. President Donald Trump unveiled the Space Force logo Friday, writing on Twitter that he had consulted with military leaders and designers before presenting the...

People climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge stop under flags flying at half-mast as mark of mourning and respect in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for three U.S. crew members of an aerial water tanker that crashed Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

3 Americans killed in Australia all had military backgrounds

Jan. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Growing up in a small rural community on Colorado's plains, Ian McBeth went to work as a ranch hand in neighboring Nebraska at 14 and was a standout athlete in football, wrestling and track. Initially stymied in his dream of becoming a pilot because of his vision, McBeth, one of three...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo taken from a helicopter shows Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq.   The Pentagon said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020,  that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, and that half of the troops have returned to their military duties. Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation, according to Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Pentagon: 34 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike

Jan. 24, 2020 5:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base, and although half have returned to work, the casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were...

Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database

Jan. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program had sued the Defense Department over a lack of access to the database, arguing that the...

President Donald Trump reacts after speaking during a campaign rally at the Huntington Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false assurance about troops in Iraq

Jan. 24, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, President Donald Trump stated inaccurately that no U.S. troops were injured in the Iranian missile attack against them in Iraq. Then he prematurely minimized those injuries as doctors tried to determine how severe they were. On Friday, the Pentagon said that in fact, 34 troops...

Mexican National Guards stand watch over the Suchiate River where locals transport cargo and ferry people between Mexico and Guatemala, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, a location popular for Central American migrants to cross from Guatemala to Mexico. One National guard said it’s easy to distinguish local Guatemalans who cross for ordinary workday reasons for their manner of speaking, and they’re welcome “because they’re neighbors.” (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravan

Jan. 24, 2020 2:26 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — From the roadside stand where his family sells mole, barbecue and chicken stew, Miguel Ángel Vázquez has seen all the caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers stream past his front door in recent years, throngs of people driven to flee poverty and...