American warplanes have begun attacking Islamic State fighters in Libya. It's the first step in what the U.S. and its allies hope is a new international campaign to stabilize a nation that's been in chaos since the 2011 NATO military intervention decapitated its government but did not establish a viable successor — creating conditions that ISIS found inviting.
Seventy-one years later, the Marine Corps acknowledged it misidentified one of the Marines in Joe Rosenthal's ironic flag raising image from Iwo Jima. The previously unknown Pfc. Harold Schultz of Detroit is the sixth man in the picture, service leaders confirm.
An American service member was killed on Tuesday after an ISIS attack broke through Iraqi Kurdish defensive lines north of the city of Mosul. Kurdish Peshmerga troops also were killed and wounded. The U.S. responded with air support to beat back the attack, but fighting continued in an offensive the U.S. says was an attempt by ISIS to "show its teeth."
The Pentagon released its final report into what it called the accidental destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed more than 40 people. More than a dozen troops were disciplined, but none are facing courts-martial or other punishment beyond reprimands expected to end their careers.
The U.S. Navy charged an officer who was involved with the surveillance of China with espionage, alleging he divulged secret information that could hurt the security of the U.S. Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin is being held in pre-trail confinement as the Navy and FBI investigate the case.
Donald Trump called for the U.S. to pull back its support of NATO, complaining the allies are not pulling their weight. Trump has raised an issue that has been bubbling for sometime. Defense Secretaries Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel all complained about NATO. NPR talks with analysts about this issue and explores whether NATO is still relevant.
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