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...statement, aid worker Margaret Hassan, kidnapped in Baghdad, begged the British government to help save her by withdrawing its troops from Iraq, saying these "might be my last hours." (Hassan was apparently killed by her captors a month later.) President...
Senate candidates vie for veterans' votes outsized share of the population in Alaska, where 1 in 10 residents has served in the military and an additional 35,000 troops are stationed at one of the state's numerous military facilities.They may seem like natural supporters of Sullivan, who...
My Turn: Parnell ignored Guard sexual assaults the men and women who have volunteered to shoulder the responsibility of national security. This is how we support the troops.? J. Pastrick has lived in Alaska for 21 years and prior to enlisting in the Alaska National Guard she served in the U...
My Turn: The U.S. needs engaged leadership

...States cannot and should not use combat troops to eradicate the threat of ISIS. What...realize is that we already have combat troops engaged daily in Iraq and Syria - our...are certainly search and rescue ground troops in the region ready at a moment's notice...
Kurds key in fight against Islamic State

...affiliated with the PKK.Since Syria's civil war began, the Kurds have made unprecedented gains, carving out a semi-autonomous territory in the north as overstretched government troops abandoned the region to focus on defending Damascus.
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My Turn: President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels is flawed

...aggressive U.S. airstrikes, our known partners in the region need to step up to the plate and do their part. If combat troops are necessary, they must come from the countries of the region rightly opposed to the brutal extremism of ISIS. It is time...
My Turn: The fantasy of 'American Exceptionalism'

...citizens, he came to realize it was a foreign policy blunder. He knows it was Bush who negotiated the 2012 withdrawal of U.S. troops that opened the door for ISIS. Plus he reaches farther back by recalling how "American support for dictators, from the Shah...
Analysis: US-led airstrikes produce few gains

...Kurdish capital of Irbil and broke the Islamic State group's grip on the strategic Mosul Dam, enabling peshmerga and Iraqi troops to recapture it. Strikes were also instrumental in breaking a siege of the northern town of Amirli, which the militants had...
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Israel withdraws most of its troops from Gaza

...Strip - Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent...spokesman, confirmed the bulk of ground troops had been pulled out of Gaza after the...he said. The army had thousands of troops in Gaza at the height of the operation...
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Syrian rebels kill 10 troops, capture others in Lebanon

...BEIRUT - Syrian rebels killed 10 Lebanese troops and likely captured over a dozen more...The raid came hours after the army said troops detained Syrian Imad Ahmad Jomaa, who...after being wounded while fighting Syrian troops.The Nusra Front is one of the most powerful...
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