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Iraqi policemen search a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. While violence in Iraq has subsided significantly since the height of the sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007, militants continue to target members of Iraq's nascent security forces, undermining their ability to defend the country as the U.S. ends combat operations. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

No letup in Iraq for some military forces

As U.S. military forces continue to stream out of Iraq, formally ending combat operations on Tuesday, one of the most effective elements of those forces missed the drawdown completely. Published August 29, 2010

**FILE** In this March 26, 2007 photo, Andrew Chapin of New York City takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington supporting legislative efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay soldiers. (Associated Press)

Survey counters backing of gays in military

A group opposed to ending the ban on openly gay troops in the military has released a national survey that challenges earlier independent polls asserting that a wide percentage of Americans favor repealing the ban. Published August 22, 2010

Low al Qaeda count stirs new war debate

With the American public growing more pessimistic about Afghanistan, war proponents are renewing their case in the face of new estimates that say no more than 100 al Qaeda operatives remain in the country. Published August 15, 2010

Military ordered to stay off WikiLeaks

The U.S. armed services are issuing internal messages to all personnel barring them from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently posted 77,000 classified diplomatic and military messages on the long war in Afghanistan. Published August 6, 2010

Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks

The U.S. armed services are issuing internal messages to all personnel barring them from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently posted 77,000 classified diplomatic and military messages on the long war in Afghanistan. Published August 5, 2010

Pentagon to cut out big-war funds

The Pentagon has begun a new hunt for cost savings that likely will lead to scaling back big-war weapons systems in favor of funding smaller conflicts typified by Iraq and Afghanistan. Published August 3, 2010

Bombers, missiles could end Iran nukes

A Pentagon strike against Iran would rely heavily on the B-2 bomber and cruise missiles to try to destroy the regime's ability to make nuclear weapons, analysts say, after the top U.S. military officer said a war plan is in place. Published August 2, 2010

Safety burden shifts to State Department after Iraq war

The Obama administration has not settled on a plan to protect and supply thousands of State Department diplomats and employees left behind in Iraq once all but a relatively few U.S. troops leave the county in a little more than a year. Published July 25, 2010

Obama at odds with Petraeus doctrine on 'Islam'

The White House's official policy of banning the word "Islam" in describing America's terrorist enemies is in direct conflict with the U.S. military's war-fighting doctrine now guiding commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published July 11, 2010

War plan relations soured early on

The inappropriate comments by Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff about civilian leaders reflected a widespread frustration with White House infighting over the general's one-year-old war plan. Published June 27, 2010

An Army carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Benjamin J. Park Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Park, of Fairfax Station, Va., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Troops 'weary' of Afghanistan fighting

Within the U.S. military's rank and file, there are growing doubts about winning in Afghanistan, a mood that contradicts upbeat war reports delivered to Congress last week by the top commander and officials. Published June 20, 2010

Rep. Mike Pence said on the House floor that Turkey's actions are "deeply troubling." (Associated Press)

Turkey's shift spurs concern on Capitol Hill

The deadly May 31 flotilla clash off Gaza has prompted some in Congress to condemn Turkey, not Israel, and to note with concern Ankara's steady shift in favor of U.S. adversaries Iran and Hamas. Published June 13, 2010

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Military chiefs split with Mullen on gays

The debate over gays in the military has driven an extraordinary public wedge between the nation's highest-ranking military officer and the four service chiefs who collectively make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published June 1, 2010

Israel arms may not be enough to stop nukes

As the Obama administration continues to pursue a diplomatic solution for Iran's nuclear weapons program, Israel in recent years has extended the range of its bombers, launched sophisticated spy satellites and developed a more accurate ordnance-dropping system. Published May 24, 2010

PREPARING: Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon was Israel's top uniformed officer during the weapons buildup. (Associated Press)

Israel arms may not be enough to stop nukes

As the Obama administration continues to pursue a diplomatic solution for Iran's nuclear weapons program, Israel in recent years has extended the range of its bombers, launched sophisticated spy satellites and developed a more accurate ordnance-dropping system. Published May 23, 2010

Appointment of admiral seen as key in 9/11 trial switch

The appointment of a well-respected ex-Navy lawyer to oversee war-crime trials is being seen in military legal circles as a sign the Obama administration might reverse its decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to New York. Published May 18, 2010

BRINGING IN THE BIG GUN: Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald will be the authority on war-crime trials. (U.S. Navy)

Appointment of admiral seen as key in 9/11 trial switch

The appointment of a well-respected ex-Navy lawyer to oversee war-crime trials is being seen in military legal circles as a sign the Obama administration might reverse its decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to New York for a civilian trial. Published May 18, 2010

Report details depravity of SEALs' accuser

The just-concluded military trials of three exonerated Navy SEALs showed the terrorism suspect at the center of the case to be one of the most dangerous men in Iraq. Published May 10, 2010

Military defends prosecution of SEALs

The U.S. military is issuing an extensive defense of its decision to prosecute three Navy SEALs on charges of abusing a terrorism suspect they had captured in Iraq, after two of the servicemen were found not guilty during courts-martial. Published May 3, 2010