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Strikes on Iran-backed militias threaten to destabilize Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq, confirmed by U.S. officials, is threatening to destabilize security in the volatile country that has struggled to remain neutral in the conflict between Washington and Tehran. It would be the first known Israeli airstrike in Iraq...

Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march

Aug. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities intensified patrols Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region. Police and paramilitary soldiers re-imposed restrictions on...

Al-Qaida claims Pakistan detained wife of its chief Zawahiri

Aug. 23, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Al-Qaida has accused Pakistani security forces of detaining the wife of its chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and two other families of the insurgent group's "martyrs" for nearly a year. In a statement, the leadership of al-Qaida on Friday alleged "treacherous Pakistani forces" captured Zawahiri's...

Ex-shipyard commander fired over inappropriate relationship

Aug. 23, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Navy says a rear admiral and former commander of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was fired from his post as director of industrial operations of the Naval Sea Systems Command because of an inappropriate relationship. The Kitsap Sun reports Vice Adm. Thomas Moore relieved Rear...

Kentucky guard unit to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

Aug. 23, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky National Guard soldiers are deploying to Guantanamo Bay. A statement from the guard says a departure ceremony is being held Friday for more than 120 soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 223rd Military Police Company. The ceremony is being held at the United Auto...

Uniformed head of North Carolina National Guard to retire

Aug. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top military leader of the North Carolina National Guard is soon leaving the post he's held most of this decade. Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week that Major Gen. Greg Lusk is retiring this winter. Lusk has been a North Carolina guardsman for 40 years and was appointed the...

Construction on Arizona replacement border barrier begins

Aug. 22, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Construction crews broke ground Thursday on a small portion of the $664 million border fence project in the Arizona desert that is funded through President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration. Crews plan on installing 30-foot (9-meter) steel fencing to replace older barriers on two...

Clashing statements expose rift in Iraqi paramilitary force

Aug. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's paramilitary forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and held the U.S. responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militias. Faleh al-Fayyadh said the statement by his deputy,...

Arizona National Guard unit deploying to Middle East

Aug. 22, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Army National Guard outfit is deploying overseas. The National Guard plans a send-off ceremony Friday at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix for 25 soldiers belonging to a military engagement team of the 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. The team is deploying to an...

Congressman: Space Command's initial home will be Colorado

Aug. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The initial headquarters for the Pentagon's new Space Command will be at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, a congressman said Wednesday. The command will officially start operations next month at the base in Colorado Springs, said Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican....