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AP

The US Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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AFP

Iraq's defence ministry will buy new weapons worth more than 1.5 billion dollars(1.11 billion euros), including helicopters and US rifles, the minister announced on Monday. The purchase will be made possible by a 26 percent increase

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AP

Classified information about a US developed missile defense system was leaked from Japan's navy to students at a naval academy, a news report said Tuesday, as officials investigated security gaps in military information shared between the allies.

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New York Times

Newly declassified data show that as additional American troops began streaming into Iraq in March and April, the number of attacks on civilians and security forces there stayed relatively steady or at most declined slightly

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AP

A Navy lawyer accused of passing secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees sent a human rights lawyer their names and intelligence about them tucked into a Valentine's Day card, prosecutors said Monday. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz

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Alternet

The US government has proposed to make Vicenza, Italy, the largest US military site in Europe, but the people of Vicenza, and all of Italy, have sworn it will never happen. (Why are there bases being closed here, and others being opened elsewhere)

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USA Today

The Army is fixing the doors of every armored Humvee in combat in Iraq because they can jam shut during an attack and trap soldiers inside, Pentagon records and interviews show.

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AP

In a survey of U.S. troops in combat in Iraq, less than half of Marines and a little more than half of Army soldiers said they would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian.

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CJR Daily

It looks like it's official: the US Army think that American reporters are a threat to national security. Thanks to great sleuthing by Wired's "Danger Room" blogger Noah Shachtman, the Army's new operational security guideline

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AP

Months after a politically embarrasing $1 billion shortfall that put veterans' health care in peril, Veterans Affairs officials involved in the foul-up got hefty bonuses ranging up to $33,000. The list of bonuses to senior career officials at th

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Christian Science Monitor

Thousands more mid-level enlisted soldiers are leaving the Army than in each of the past two years, forcing the service to increase its use of pay-to-stay programs and find other ways to keep GIs in the fold. Four years into the fight in Iraq, the

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NY Times

"We have no private army. What we do have is a team of military and law enforcement veterans and other motivated, capable Americans who protect diplomats, provide training and offer logistic services, and we do those things in support of

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This was forwarded to me by my wife. I don't know how she came across it on Craigslist where she spends a lot of time. But she thought I would be interested.

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Armed Forces Journal

For the second time in a generation, the US faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency. In April 1975, the US fled the Republic of Vietnam, abandoning our allies to their fate at the hands of North Vietnames communists.

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PBS

How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? (Another day closer to the Revolution)

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Miriam Pemberton for TomPaine.com

Vice President Dick Cheney tried to kill the V-22 in the early 1990s, when he was defense secretary. But it lives on today, and the Marine Corps announced on April 13 that in September it will begin flying its first combat missions in Iraq.

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mikenew.com

Our Constitutional Republic is no longer simply sick - it appears to be dead. If the President can force Americans to fight, without a declaration of war, under foreign powers, then the Republic no longer exists.

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