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McCain supports OK for women in combat

U.S. Senator John McCain said Wednesday he approves of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat, while saying the armed forces must uphold "rigorous physical standards."... Read more»

U.S. begins transporting French troops to Mali

The United States has begun transporting French troops and equipment to Mali, a US official said on Tuesday. ... Read more»

As cuts loom, Phx mayor criticizes Congress for inaction

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined other mayors who criticized Washington leaders for their inability to act on a budget. The mayors fear that the failure to reach a budget agreement could cripple local economies, if drastic spending cuts are allowed to kick in this spring.... Read more»

Az legislators muster veterans caucus

The group includes five Democrats and two Republicans, most of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members say they are working on bipartisan legislation that will benefit Arizona veterans. One early result is a bill boosting incentives for hiring disabled veterans.... Read more»

Guard unit specializing in explosives disposal heading overseas

The Arizona Army National Guard’s 363rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company will spend 30 days at Fort Bliss in Texas for the final preparations before heading overseas. ... Read more»

Syria's ruined cities

Six months ago the city of Maarat al-Nu'man was still functioning. Today it's rubble. It's a process that has played out over and over across Syria. (with video)... Read more»

Everything we know so far about drone strikes

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the U.S.’ shadow wars. ... Read more»

Syrian rebels take major airbase in Taftanaz

After an intense, two-month-long battle, rebel forces gained control of the largest helicopter airbase in Syria on Friday, dealing a significant blow to the Syrian regime.... Read more»

U.S. conservatives: Terror lapping at Latin America’s shores

Is Islamic terror lapping at America's shores? Roger Noriega thinks so. Noriega, a Kansas native and Republican diehard, is living proof that American politics affords its sons a second chance, maybe even a third.... Read more»

Although a fugitive, accused Guatemalan war criminal hasn’t run far

Retired Col. César Adán Rosales Batres, a veteran of the elite Kaibil commandos of the Guatemalan Army, is a wanted war criminal and a fugitive with an Interpol warrant on his head. But according to recent information obtained by ProPublica, he hasn't run far. The ease with which he eludes capture shows the fight for justice remains difficult in Guatemala. ... Read more»

Commentary

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is right: Torture useless in finding Bin Laden

As "Zero Dark Thirty" rightly implies, the systematic use of enhanced interrogation techniques came at a steep moral cost while producing little to no valuable information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. ... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pending cuts threaten Az defense industry

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago. Then, it's our monthly conversation with Gen. John A. Wickham, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army.... Read more»

U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan kill 15, including top Taliban warlord

U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have killed as many as 15 people, including a top pro-Islamabad Taliban warlord with links to Al Qaeda. ... Read more»

NY Times loses drone lawsuit against Obama administration

The New York Times had filed the drone lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking more information about the attacks.... Read more»

James Foley

U.S. journalist missing in Syria since Thanksgiving

Unidentified Syrian gunmen kidnapped a U.S. journalist on Thanksgiving Day. More than a month later, he remains missing. American James Foley, 39, was last seen on Nov. 22 in Idlib Province, the scene of heavy fighting in recent months. Foley was held by Libyan forces for 44 days in 2011.... Read more»

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