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A Marine waits to guide MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, during their takeoff from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, last April. (JESSICA COLLINS/U.S. MARINE CORP)
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Japanese think tank argues for moving Marines off Okinawa

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February 25, 2017

TOKYO — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit could leave Okinawa without sacrificing its value as a security provider in the Asia-Pacific, a Japanese think tank said following a...

A U.S. soldier assigned to the Army's 310th Engineer Company, 365th Engineer Battalion, assists Iraqi security forces engineers during assault bridging training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 21, 2017. U.S. troops trained ISF as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a joint mission aimed at defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State will be delivered to the White House on Monday. (CHRISTOPHER BRECHT/U.S. ARMY)
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Pentagon: Review of Islamic State strategy could include call for new war authorization

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February 25, 2017

 WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State group will be delivered to the White House on Monday, but that does not mean major...

Ana Lucia Gnecco was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, by Hollywood, Fla., police after being accused of deserting her post in Portsmouth, Va. (BROWARD SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Sailor accused of deserting post after having baby

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February 25, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. —   A U.S. Navy sailor has been jailed in Florida, accused of deserting her post after having a baby last summer.

A view of the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington on June 5, 2015. Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the U.S. (SUSAN WALSH/AP)

Homeland Security intel report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

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February 25, 2017

WASHINGTON  — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President...

Army Lt. Col. Kamal Kalsi; left; and now-Maj. Tejdeep Rattan were the first two Sikh soldiers to receive an exemption to serve in their religiously-mandated beards and turbans in 2009. The Army has since approved at least 15 additional Sikhs to serve while maintaining their articles of faith; including eight such exemptions in the first two months of 2017. (ALICIA WAGNER CALZADA/PROVIDED BY THE SIKH COALITION)
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More bearded, turbaned Sikhs join Army as Pentagon reviews religious articles ban

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February 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — Eight Sikh Army recruits have received waivers this year allowing them to maintain their religiously mandated beards and turbans in uniform, nearly doubling the...

An Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron lands at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in November. COREY PETTIS/U.S. AIR FORCE
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Okinawans awarded $265 million over aircraft noise at Kadena

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February 24, 2017

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Japanese court has awarded more than $265 million to people living around Kadena Air Base in the largest monetary settlement over U.S...