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  1. Members of the crowd view the ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins titled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' in the dry moat of the Tower of London on Nov. 2. The installation is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, with the final poppy being placed today, Armistice Day. Tim Ireland / AP

    Commentary: How we remember

    Since August, the moat of the Tower of London has been filled with a blood-red blanket made from ceramic poppies.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
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    A Marine helicopter takes off from the top of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, on April 30, 1975. One of the Marine security guards who was the last to stand at Post One has returned to the city for the first Marine birthday ball held there since 1974. Associated Press

    Last MSG to stand post in Saigon goes back for first ball since

    In 1975, then Lance Cpl. Randy Smith stuffed a custom made three-piece suit down one bloused trouser leg, a '

    • Nov. 10, 2014
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    Army vet killed after celebrating return from Afghanistan

    Officials say a 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death after a dispute at a party to celebrate his return from Afghanistan.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  2. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, adresses Muslim worshippers July 5 at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded al-Baghdadi. AFP

    Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader wounded in airstrike

    Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  3. People gather for an open-air party at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall separating East and West Berlin. Michael Sohn / AP

    Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

    As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, Elke Rosin recalled how lucky her family had been.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  4. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives Nov. 9 during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The annual service is to remember those who have lost their lives serving in the armed forces. Tim Ireland / AP

    Queen Elizabeth II leads U.K. memorial ceremony

    Queen Elizabeth II honored fallen soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth Sunday in a dignified ceremony at the heart of central London.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  5. The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, adresses Muslim worshippers July 5 at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. AFP

    Hunted Islamic State leader the 'new Bin Laden'

    With a $10 million bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would seem to have earned the moniker from French newspaper Le Monde as 'the new Bin Laden.'

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  6. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf walks off an MV-22B Osprey, headed to a meeting with officials conducting site surveys in in Foya, Liberia, on Oct. 20. Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis / Marine Corps

    Corps fills key role in Ebola mission

    Marines with a Spain-based task force were some of the first U.S.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    Cpl. Nicholas Perrorazio with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, controls rioters during an embassy reinforcement exercise. Infantry Marines continue to secure embassies following the 2012 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya. Sgt. Bobby Yarbrough / Marine Corps

    Grunts continue guarding embassies in high-risk locations

    Hundreds of infantry Marines continue quietly deploying to some of the world's diciest cities to bolster security at U.S. Embassies that are vulnerable to violent protests or attacks.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program. Army

    Shipping delays appear to be easing for troops' personal vehicles

    The backlog of troops' privately owned vehicles has almost been cleared, according to an analysis of numbers provided by the contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  7. Afghan police officers stand guard Nov. 9 near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Kabul police chief survives assassination attempt

    Afghan authorities are investigating how a man wearing an explosives-packed vest was able to infiltrate the heavily guarded police headquarters in central Kabul on Sunday and attempt to assassinate the city's chief of police.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  8. Kenneth Bae, second from left, who was held in North Korea since 2012, is greeted after arriving Nov. 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after he was freed during a top-secret mission. Ted S. Warren / AP

    Last 2 U.S. captives in North Korea return home

    The last two Americans being held captive by North Korea have returned home.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    A Filipino family stroll the beach at Subic Bay as the USS Harpers Ferry approaches to dock, 70 miles west of Manila, in 2006. Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

    Philippines liberty canceled amid rising tensions

    Sailors on Western Pacific cruises shouldn't plan on liberty stops in the Philippines any time soon.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
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    The color guard stands ready to begin the 10 year anniversary commemoration ceremony for the Battle of Fallujah at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 7, 2014. Lieutenant Gen. Richard F. Natonski (Ret.), who was the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force during the battle and the guest speaker for the ceremony, said that the conflict taught Marines the importance of planning and precision. Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel/Marine Corps

    Hundreds of Marines gather to remember historic battles in Fallujah

    About 500 Marines gathered here Friday from across the country to remember one of the Corps' deadliest battles in Iraq.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
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    The joint high-speed vessel Choctaw County departs Morehead City, N.C., to conduct training exercises during Bold Alligator 2014. MC1 Mike Lenart/Navy

    JHSV turns heads at Bold Alligator

    The joint high-speed vessel is a sight to behold, but that's not why this newest member of the blue-green team has heads turning.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
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    New Marine Corps commandant joins Twitter

    Less than a month after taking command of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joe Dunford has become the first acting commandant to send a Tweet.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  9. Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent

    The unemployment rate for the newest generation of veterans jumped by 1 full percentage point in October, according to new federal data, but the figure of 7.2 percent is about average for 2014 and actually a marked improvement from last year’s overall unemployment rate of 9 percent for that group.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  10. New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' Armed Services panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, left, commander of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Sayed Maloukon Oct. 27. Yoo is confident Afghan forces can maintain security as Marines there depart. Staff Sgt. John Jackson/Marine Corps

    1-star has confidence in Afghan security after leaving Helmand

    Days after handing over all security duties to local forces, the head of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan said he believes that Afghans have good control of their country.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  11. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Amy Wolfe, Vadim Slatvitskiy, Staff Sgt. Brian Buckwalter and Gunnery Sgt. Juan Diazdumeng perform in the opening scene of 'Colin: Son, Marine, Hero.' The ballet was created by Wolfe and based on the life of her son, Lance Cpl. Colin Wolfe, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Rebecca Chase

    Mother of fallen Marine creates full-length ballet tribute to his life

    When theatergoers attend a performance of the ballet 'Colin' at Virginia's Hylton Performing Arts Center this weekend, among the first performers they'll see are two real active-duty Marines, clad in their dress blue uniforms.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Secretary of State John Kerry thanks Marine security guards at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Kerry issued a video message to Marines as they prepare to celebrate the Corps' 239th birthday. State Department photo

    Kerry issues birthday message to Marines

    Secretary of State John Kerry issued a video birthday message to Marines, highlighting the connection between his department and the Corps as the service places new security guards at diplomatic facilities overseas and provides protection at embassies.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  12. President Obama and his family arrive back at the White House aboard Marine One after a weekend at Camp David in 2009. Three men are accused of involvement in a bid-rigging plot for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, though the maintenance bid ultimately lost. Pete Souza / White House

    3 charged in presidential helicopter bid-rigging scheme

    Three men face charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president and vice president, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  13. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, alleges that Joint Special Operations Command unsuccessfully tried to make a payment in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release. AP

    Hunter: JSOC led botched ransom attempt for Bergdahl

    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has accused Joint Special Operations Command of leading a botched effort to pay a ransom to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  14. Austin

    CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq

    The four-star commander of war operations in Iraq and Syria said politics is the key to defeating the Islamic militants there — and more U.S. troops will not necessarily help resolve the complex sectarian conflict roiling the two nations.

    • Nov. 6, 2014

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