"I was ... mind-boggled and didn't understand at all how this could be part of a strategic plan in what they're talking about," Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard and Iraq War veteran, said on CNN. "That you're not only outlining the timeline — which is troubling, but you're also talking about specifically how many troops, how many brigades, where they're coming from, and what they're going to be doing." (Associated Press)
National Edition News cover for February 23, 2015 - Islamic State recruits create global network of terror cells: FILE - In this undated file photo posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State group may be sprouting tentacles across the region but it is struggling in Syria, part of its heartland, where it has stalled or even lost ground in fighting with multiple enemies on multiple fronts. There are signs of tensions and powers struggles emerging among its ranks of foreign jihadis. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures at the award ceremony in St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. President Putin awarded World War II veterans with jubilee medals marking the 70th victory anniversary of World War II. (AP Photo/Sergei Ilnitsky, Pool) ** FILE **
National Edition News cover for February 21, 2015 - Ex-SEAL who killed bin Laden predicts ground troops in Iraq: Robert O'Neill, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, believes President Obama's advisers have come to realize the beleaguered Iraqi Security Forces, without U.S. boots on the ground, are not capable of taking back all the territory seized by the Islamic State, including the country's second-largest city — densely defended Mosul. (Associated Press)
National Edition News cover for February 20, 2015 - U.S., coalition plan to rid Iraqi city of Islamic State: FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s fighters took over Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul in June, 2014, followed by Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit and smaller communities in the Sunni heartland as government forces melt away.(AP Photo/File)
Robert O'Neill, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, believes President Obama's advisers have come to realize the beleaguered Iraqi Security Forces, without U.S. boots on the ground, are not capable of taking back all the territory seized by the Islamic State, including the country's second-largest city — densely defended Mosul. (Associated Press)
The words "Never Again" are projected onto the ceiing of a tent during an event marking the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe (SACEUR) US General Philip Breedlove speaks at a press conference at the KFOR military headquarters in capital Pristina on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 during his visit to Kosovo. (Associated Press)
WALTHER PPQ - PPQ (Police Pistol Quick Defense) is a semi-automatic pistol developed by the German company Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen of Ulm for law enforcement, security forces and the civilian shooting market as a potential replacement for the Walther P99. The Walther PPQ is a short recoil-operated locked breech semi-automatic pistol that uses a modified Browning cam-lock system adapted from the Hi-Power pistol. The PPQ has a glass fiber-reinforced polymer frame and steel slide assembly. It can be broken down into its main parts or field stripped with a take down catch without the help of tools. Ergonomics and fully ambidextrous controls were a key focus in the design of the firearm, and as a result, three interchangeable grip back straps are included to accommodate various hand shapes and sizes; this feature permits most shooters a comfortable and efficient grip on the firearm.
M1911 PISTOL - The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. It was first used in later stages of the Philippine-American War, and was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The pistol's formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam era. In total, the U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U.S. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Designed by John Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The pistol was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols. It is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as USPSA, IDPA, International Practical Shooting Confederation, and Bullseye shooting. Compact variants are popular civilian concealed carry weapons, because of the design's relatively slim width and the power of the .45 ACP cartridge.
GLOCK 17 & 22 - The Glock pistol, sometimes referred to by the manufacturer as a Glock "Safe Action" Pistol, is a series of polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H., located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria. It entered Austrian military and police service by 1982. Glocks are also popular firearms amongst civilians for recreational/competition shooting, home/self defense and concealed/open carry. Despite initial resistance from the market to accept a "plastic gun" due to durability and reliability concerns, and fears that the pistol would be "invisible"to metal detectors in airports, Glock pistols have become the company's most profitable line of products, commanding 65 percent of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies as well as supplying numerous national armed forces and security agencies worldwide.
BROWNING HI-POWER - A single-action, semi-automatic handgun available in 9mm and .40 S&W calibers. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonne Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols in history, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries. The Hi Power name is somewhat misleading and alluded to the 13-round magazine capacity, almost twice that of contemporary designs such as the Luger or Mauser 1910. The pistol is often referred to as an HP (Hi-Power) or as a GP (for the French term, Grande Puissance). The terms P-35 and HP-35 are also used, based on the introduction of the pistol in 1935. Standard Hi-Powers are based on a single-action design. Unlike modern double-action semi-automatic pistols, the Hi-Power's trigger is not connected to the hammer. If a double-action pistol is carried with the hammer down with a round in the chamber and a loaded magazine installed, the shooter may fire the pistol either by simply pulling the trigger, or by pulling the hammer back to the cocked position and then pulling the trigger. In contrast, a single-action pistol can only be fired with the hammer in the cocked position; this is generally done when a loaded magazine is inserted and the slide cycled by hand. In common with the M1911, the Hi-Power is therefore typically carried with the hammer cocked, a round in the chamber, and the safety catch on.
BERETTA M9 & 92- A 9×19mm Parabellum pistol adopted by the United States Armed Forces in 1985. It is essentially a military specification Beretta 92FS. The M9 won a competition in the 1980s to replace the M1911A1 as the primary sidearm of the U.S. military, beating many other contenders, and only narrowly defeating the SIG P226 for cost reasons. The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action / double-action pistol which uses a 15-round staggered box magazine with a reversible magazine release button that can be positioned for either right or left handed shooters. Easy to shoot, disassemble and maintain, Beretta's pistols have been tested for thousands of rounds before failure.
A fire-eater performs at Manila's Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. This year marks the "Year of the Sheep" in the Chinese Lunar calendar. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Egyptians wait to leave a detention center for illegal immigrants east of the city of Misrata, Libya during their deportation back to Egypt. The deportation follows the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians by militants after they were abducted from Sirt(...)
A pro-Russia rebel cossack, second left, hugs another rebel in Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrain(...)
National Edition News cover for February 19, 2015 - Old and frail, WWII’s conquering Marines will return after 70 years: Hershel "Woody" Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima, receives a hero's welcome at Sheppard Elementary School in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 along with about 30 other Iwo Jima survivors. The upcoming weekend marks the 24th year for the Wichita Falls event and the final reunion of the group. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey)