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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, people look at bodies of Sunni fighters after they were shot by a group of gunmen on a main street of the town of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic state group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings, including the deadly attack on police Col. Mohammed Hassan and his son in mid October, have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. (AP Photo)

U.S. condemns Islamic State for ‘brutal’ executions in Iraq

- The Washington Times

The State Department strongly condemned “brutal actions” of the Islamic State Friday, following reports that group carried out a mass execution of moderate Sunni Muslim tribesmen who had fought back against the extremists in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

Afghanistan's security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, targeting an Afghanistan's National Army convoy on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The suicide bomb killed several Afghan security force troops Saturday as a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province killed a district police chief, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Taliban have step up assaults against both Afghan and foreign forces across the country as most international troops are preparing to withdraw at the end the year. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

U.S. refuses to stop giving contracts to backers of Afghan insurgency

The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

- The Washington Times

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability.

Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias pushed back against media reports that Greece has detected six Islamic State recruits traveling through. "We've been monitoring a lot of guys that pass by. But there was no arrest of jihadists in Greece," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Terror issues loom large in Greek official Kikilias’ Washington visit

- The Washington Times

It is “too early to tell” whether the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State will work, says a top Greek national security official who was in Washington this week to discuss how his nation can better coordinate with the U.S. to track extremist foreign fighters between Europe and the Middle East.

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Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire

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Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

- Associated Press

Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

- Associated Press

U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

A man rides a motorcycle past Turkish troops guarding Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldiers prior to their departure to the Syrian city of Kobani, outside a staging area on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

- Associated Press

The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.

Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run

- Associated Press

A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail, along with the threat of a 14-year prison sentence, as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that is ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

A state trooper is stationed across from the house of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

- Associated Press

A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

In this May 14, 2014 photo made available by the U.S. Army National Guard shows U.S. Army Soldiers in the 1223rd Engineer Company, S.C. Army National Guard returning to Columbia, SC., from  a year-long mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan.   he South Carolina National Guard says that for the first time since it began sending men and women overseas after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, all of its combat units are back home.  McCarty, the deputy adjutant general and No. 2 Guard commander, says it is the first time in more than a decade that has happened. McCarty says, however, that units are in line to deploy early next year.  (AP Photo/U.S. Army National Guard, Cindi King)

SC Guard: 1st time all combat units back in SC

- Associated Press

For the first time since 2002, the South Carolina National Guard has no Army or Air Guard combat units on overseas deployments that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Army general takes power in Burkina Faso

- Associated Press

An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blaise Compaore stepped down, ending 27 years as the country's leader.

Myanmar President Thein Sein, left, shakes hands with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at Myanmar Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Friday, Oct 31, 2014. Myanmar's president is holding a rare meeting with Suu Kyi that also includes the country's political and military heavyweights. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi

- Associated Press

Myanmar's president held talks Friday that for the first time brought together opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military chief in a bid to showcase the nation's political dialogue less than two weeks before President Barack Obama and other leaders attend a regional summit.

Marine's lawyers seek new judge in war crime case

- Associated Press

Attorneys for a Marine sergeant being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective.

Pentagon gives defense civilians options on Ebola

Associated Press

The Pentagon says its civilian employees who return from Ebola response missions in West Africa will not be required to undergo the same 21-day quarantine-like monitoring that is required of most returning U.S. military members.