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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

Associated Press

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marine's lawyers seek new judge in war crime case

- Associated Press

Attorneys for a Marine 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.

Minnesota man wants immigration fraud case tossed

- Associated Press

A Minnesota man accused of entering the U.S. and obtaining a green card illegally by concealing his military service during the Bosnian war - and omitting allegations that he killed a neighbor - is asking that the case against him be dismissed.

Feds reach $1M settlement with ship firm

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have reached a $1 million settlement with a Jacksonville ship repair company accused of making false claims to get Coast Guard contracts set aside for disabled veterans.

Drone strike kills 2 militants in NW Pakistan

- Associated Press

Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

Rescue crews train to prepare for next disaster

- Associated Press

The deafening whir of rotating blades and a small sandstorm filled the afternoon air as rescue crews took flight from a Brazoria County beach in a Black Hawk helicopter ready to hoist survivors to safety from the Gulf of Mexico.