On the heels of other victories against the Islamic State in the Iraqi cities of Sinjar, Bayji, Tikrit, the victory in Ramadi suggests a blueprint may be emerging on how the Iraqi government and the international military coalition partnered with it can taken control of Mosul, Fallujah and other Iraqi population centers still controlled by militants.
Throughout history, borders have caused unfathomable bloodshed, ageless feuds and decades-old legal disputes, which makes plans for a friendly exchange of land between the Netherlands and Belgium all the more remarkable.
Of course Michael Moore exaggerates. Of course he engages in cheerful, unabashed cherry-picking. Of course he sees black and white where most of us see shades of gray.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s wrong.
The passage in a report by the Pentagon's inspector general said a whistle-blower complaint to the IG's hotlline forced Raytheon Co. to pay $10.6 million to fix defective missiles. It turns out Raytheon actually discovered the flaw in the missiles it produced for the Air Force.
Iraq on Wednesday reiterated its demand that Turkish troops withdraw from a northern camp where they are training anti-Islamic State fighters, warning that it will consider military action if the soldiers remain.
A Bahraini pilot flying for a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen survived a jet crash on Wednesday along the kingdom's southern border, hours before the coalition said its forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired toward the same area.
China announced that a new hotline had been inaugurated with Taiwan in an effort to build trust between the longtime rivals and maintain the peace across the narrow strait that divides them. But at the same time, Beijing warned the island that rough seas could lie ahead after next month's presidential elections.
Human rights groups and families of victims believe there is a clear sign military pacts of silence that have hushed up many of the atrocities committed during the rule of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet may finally be unraveling.
Afghanistan's security situation is so tenuous that the top U.S. commander there wants to keep as many U.S. troops there as possible through 2016 to boost beleaguered Afghan soldiers and may seek additional American forces to assist them.
The advance of Iraqi forces into the heart of Ramadi, a restive city that fell to the Islamic State group earlier this year, in some ways vindicated the U.S.-led coalition's strategy for rolling back the extremists — but victory has come at a high cost, and the same tactics might not work elsewhere.
Afghanistan. Islamic State militants. Rotations to eastern Europe. The Defense Department was busy in 2015. But rather than look back at the year that was, Stars and Stripes has decided to look ahead to 2016.
Here are some of the top issues facing Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen in the new year.