American among hostages targeted in Yemen raid

By Ahmed Al-Haj, Robert Burns Associated Press  SANAA, Yemen — U.S operation forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages in a remote corner of Yemen, but a Yemeni official said Wednesday that it did not liberate five others, including an American journalist and a Briton who were moved elsewhere by their al-Qaida captors days before the raid. Eight hostages — including a Saudi— were liberated in the joint U.S.-Yemeni operation, a rare instance of American forces ... More

$1.8M verdict upheld in 'American Sniper' case

Associated Press  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A judge has rejected a request from the widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle to order a new trial or toss a jury's verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit that alleged Kyle made up claims in his book about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS at a California bar in 2006. Ventura says it never happened. Both men are former SEALs. The ... More

U.S. base Ebola isolation 'pretty much vacation'

By Brock Vergakis Associated Press  HAMPTON, Virginia — With plenty of flat screen TVs, game nights and even an outdoor fire pit, life in isolation for members of the U.S. military who have returned from the Ebola mission in West Africa can look a lot like summer camp. The Defense Department is requiring military service members to undergo 21 days of isolation and monitoring as a precaution, but that doesn't mean the troops are sitting in a hospital or even just one buildi ... More

Flournoy bows out of running for defense chief

By Julie Pace, Donna Cassata Associated Press  WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday. Flournoy's decision underscores the difficulty President Barack Obama may face in finding a candidate to take the helm at the Pentagon late in his second term and as the administration faces intense criticism of its management of crises in the ... More

A look at the current state of U.S. military in the Middle East

By Vivian Salama Associated Press  BAGHDAD — Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East: IRAQ: U.S. President Barack Obama this month authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to Iraq. That could more than double the total number of U.S. forces to 3,100. A team of U.S. advisers first arrived to help fight the Islamic State group there in June, two and a half years after Obama declared an end to the Iraq war and withdrew the remaining 40,000 A ... More