Marines News

GOP can win making gains among all races

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 09:55
Can Republicans win the next presidential election without getting more Hispanic votes? It’s a question that has obsessed the party since 2012. It’s also the wrong question.

A 3rd-party run is not a viable option

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 09:54
It’s odd that old-line parties remain in such control of presidential elections even as politics itself is being reinvented.

Why success against Islamic State in Ramadi hints at US military strategy to come

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 09:01
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.

Morocco plays key role in Europe's security, but has jitters

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:55
Moroccan intelligence services are playing a central role in Europe's effort to uncover extremist threats — and doubling down with their own security ahead of New Year's festivities.

Magnitude-4.8 earthquake widely felt across Washington state

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:45
Authorities say a magnitude-4.8 earthquake in Canada was widely felt across northwest Washington state, but no major damage or injuries have been reported.

Movies on base through Jan. 6

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:37
Times and dates for theaters in Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands and Spain and Turkey.

Belgium, Netherlands to exchange territory — without a fight

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:30
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.

Review: Moore 'invades' Europe to teach us all some lessons

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:24
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.

Burundi president: African Union peacekeepers unacceptable

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:20
Burundi's president says a proposed African Union peacekeeping force for his country is unacceptable and will be fought as hostile invaders.

IG erred boasting hotline found Raytheon defect

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:09
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 tells Turkey to pull out of north, threatens action

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:00
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.

Saudi Arabia says Bahraini pilot survives F-16 jet crash

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 06:45
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.

Bicyclists have free rein as Milan bans private cars

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 06:36
Bicyclists had free rein of Milan's streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog.

Woman, 2 sons admit pawning wedding rings stolen from military exchange

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 05:46
A woman and her two sons have admitted to pawning wedding rings stolen from a Dallas-based Army and Air Force Exchange Service, federal court records show.

China warns Taiwan talks may collapse if next president abandons 'one China'

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 05:28
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.

Pinochet dictatorship pacts of silence unraveling in Chile

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 04:34
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.

Campbell: Afghanistan troop cuts should be delayed as long as possible

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 03:58
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.

Gains in Iraqi city vindicate US-led strategy, at high cost

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 02:06
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.

Looking Ahead to 2016

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 01:51
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.

Sheriff: Body of 5th soldier from Fort Leonard Wood found

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 00:59
A sheriff says the body of a fifth international soldier from Fort Leonard Wood who died in weekend flooding has been found.