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Suit: U.S. Firms’ Bribes Funded Iraq Militia Attacks on Americans | NBC News

A group of American veterans filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against U.S. and European drug companies and medical device makers, accusing them of supporting an Iran-backed Iraqi militia that killed and wounded hundreds of Americans. The suit is filed under a law that allows Americans injured by terrorism overseas to seek civil damages. The more than 100 plaintiffs include injured ... Read More »

America’s Mumbai | Modern War Institute

It will take months, possibly years, to fully understand how the senseless attack in Las Vegas will change American society. Hotels are considering metal detectors, X-ray screening of guest luggage, and mandatory room checks. Some are even questioning whether open-air concerts and festivals should be organized anymore. We should not change the way we live our lives in America. But ... Read More »

Afghan Army Unit Nearly Wiped Out as New Taliban Tactic Takes Toll | The New York Times

An Afghan Army unit in the south of the country was almost completely wiped out on Thursday, defense officials said, in a Taliban attack that used what is becoming one of the group’s deadliest tactics: packing vehicles captured from security forces with explosives and driving them into military and police compounds. At least 43 soldiers were killed in the predawn ... Read More »

Pentagon says Iraqi train-and-equip mission could end if attacks on Kurds continue | Defense News

The U.S. may consider halting its massive train-and-equip program for Iraqi forces if the Iraqi military continues its offensive against Iraqi Kurds in northern Iraq, a defense official said Monday. Over the weekend U.S.-equipped Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk, an oil-rich, Kurdish-controlled city, in response to the Kurdish region’s independence vote on Sept. 25. Several exchanges of gunfire were reported Monday ... Read More »

Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family freed in Pakistan | Military Times

Five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children — all born in captivity — are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday. The U.S. said Pakistan accomplished the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, ... Read More »

Mattis: Militants who attacked US troops in Niger were new to area | Military Times

The Islamic extremists that ambushed and killed U.S. Army commandos in Niger last week hadn’t operated in that area before, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, referring to what officials believe was a relatively new offshoot of the Islamic State group there. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Tampa, Mattis said he rejected suggestions that rescue forces were slow ... Read More »

North Korea ‘hackers steal US-South Korea war plans’ | BBC News

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also ... Read More »