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Dem Senator: US Must Take On Islamic State MilitantsSen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization.
State Department: 'US Citizens In Iraq Remain At High Risk For Kidnapping, Terrorist Violence'Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was strengthened and some staff members sent elsewhere as Iraq was shaken with instability.
Work With Iran Uncomfortable, Needed, Senator Says A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so.
Durbin: White House Only Finalized Bergdahl Deal Day Before SwapThe Obama administration only finalized the exchange of the last remaining U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before the swap, a top Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday.
Post-2014 US Military Force In Afghanistan Will Range From 0 To 10,000The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed several options for the size of the post-2014 force in Afghanistan, ranging from zero to 10,000 troops. But he says that with every day that goes by some of the options become less likely.
Senators Push Back Against Plan To Deal With Sexual Assault in MilitarySenate opponents of stripping military commanders of the authority to prosecute serious crimes such as rape and sexual assault said Monday that the proposal could make it worse for victims.
Inhofe: 'Probably Wouldn't Be Here' If Obamacare Was In PlaceRecovering from emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in a radio interview which aired Sunday night that “he probably wouldn’t be here” if the Affordable Care Act had been in place.
Sen. Graham: Women In The Military 'Putting Up With Way Too Much Crap'A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says that military commanders who allow sexual assault to flourish should be fired.
Senator: Assaults Let Military Culture ContinueA senator says repeated sexual assaults in the military allow a culture to continue.
Report: US Paying Billions More For Military Bases Overseas Despite Troop ReductionsThe United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says.
Senators Urge Pentagon To Lower Ranking Of 'Cyber Fighter' Medal Below Bronze Star, Purple HeartThe leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee have added their names to the growing list of lawmakers asking the Pentagon to lower the ranking of a new medal for cyber fighters.
Collins Says She'll Oppose Hagel Confirmation A moderate Republican senator said Wednesday she'll oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become President Barack Obama's secretary of defense, while other GOP senators signaled they may delay a floor vote on the nomination unless the White House provides more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
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