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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Afghan Vet Who Fought Wounded Gets Medal of Honor

Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.

07/21/2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with Secretary of State John Kerry (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Prime Minister: Entire Region Endangered By ISIS

Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state.

07/03/2014

Blackwater guards are accused of opening fire on civilians in a 2007 incident. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Documents: Blackwater Guards Were out Of Control

A State Department investigator warned that contractors for Blackwater Worldwide saw themselves as above the law and that the contractors, rather than department officials, were in command, according to a memo disclosed Monday.

06/30/2014

Iraqi Kurdish forces rest from fighting against jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 29, 2014 in the Iraqi village of Bashir (Basheer), 20 kilometers south of the city of Kirkuk. (credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Expert: ISIS’ Declaration Of Islamic State ‘Poses A Huge Threat To Al Qaeda’

The al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state, demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide in a move that could further strain relations with other militant groups.

06/30/2014

WASHINGTON - JULY 15: Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (C) arrives at Marine Corps Base Quantico July 15, 2004 in Quantico, Virginia. Hassoun has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since last week. With Hassoun is an unidentified civilian employee of the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. (Photo by Jason Fudge/US Marines via Getty Images)

Marine Who Disappeared in Iraq in 2004 Back in US

A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.

06/29/2014

Members of the Al-Abbas brigades, who volunteered to protect the Shiite Muslim holy sites in Karbala against Sunni militants fighting the Baghdad government, parade in the streets of the Shrine city on June 26, 2014. (credit: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images)

Human Rights Watch: ISIS Executed Up To 190 Captives In Tikrit Earlier This Month

Iraqi insurgents executed at least 160 captives earlier this month in the northern city of Tikrit, Human Rights Watch said Friday, citing an analysis of satellite imagery and grisly photos released by the militants.

06/27/2014

President Obama (Photo: Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Seeks $500M to Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. struggles for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.

06/26/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at NATO headquarters on June 25, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry Warns Mideast Nations Against Taking Military Action In Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, after Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.

06/26/2014

File photo of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty) Images

Dem Senator Insists Obama Needs Approval For Iraq

A top Senate Democrat says President Barack Obama needs congressional approval before initiating any military action in Iraq.

06/25/2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney talks about his wife Lynne Cheney's book "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered" on May 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Cheney: I Believe There Will Be ‘Far Deadlier’ Terrorist Attack Against US

Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes the U.S. will face another terrorist attack in this decade and that it will be worse than 9/11.

06/25/2014

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