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A female member of the U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Navy SEALs see no barrier to women in combat ranks

U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command has found no barriers to integrating women into all-male SEAL teams, a finding that greatly increases the chances that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will open the units to females by January. Published May 3, 2015

A man throws a brick at police Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Authorities warn officers of widespread backlash, spread of violence

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times. Published April 27, 2015

A man throws a brick at police Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

Intel report warns gang attacks on white cops could spread nationally

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times. Published April 27, 2015

A female member of the U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation's top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration's plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Published April 19, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived last week to distribute weapons and support security forces and Sunni volunteers at a camp in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad. After victory against Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit, Iraq set sights on western Anbar province for its second major counteroffensive against the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Iraq may follow Marines' blueprint to defeat Islamic State in Anbar

Baghdad's Shiite-run government has begun its second major counteroffensive against the Islamic State, this time choosing western Anbar province, where the U.S. Marine Corps years ago showed that the path to victory requires an alliance with Sunni tribal chiefs. Published April 12, 2015

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (right) quickly put together a coalition last week to raid Yemen by air and position forces for an incursion by land. The regime has told President Obama that it simply will not tolerate an Iranian puppet state on its border. (Associated Press)

Arab allies wage war in Yemen with U.S. weapons, without U.S. leadership

The U.S. has shipped billions of dollars worth of its best weapons to the Middle East in recent years, and today Arab nations are tapping that unprecedented arms buildup for the first time to wage war on multiple fronts, sometimes without American leadership. Published March 29, 2015