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US army investigates reports that soldiers raped dozens in Colombia

US army investigates Columbia rapesThe US army says it will look into claims that soldiers or civilian defence contractors sexually assaulted as many as 53 women and girls while stationed in Colombia between 2003 and 2007.

“After coordinating with Colombian authorities, we will initiate investigations into any credible allegations of sexual assault or any crime,” said Chris Grey, a spokesman for the US army criminal investigation command.

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US National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS, Authorities Say

ISISThe FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.

Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home.

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Is the F-35 fighter jet a trillion-dollar fiasco?

F-35On the outskirts of Las Vegas, the full array of U.S. airpower is on display at Nellis Air Force Base – from proven workhorses like the F-15 and F-16 to more modern aircraft like the F-22.

Parked alongside the runway, you’ll also find the latest addition to America’s military arsenal. Billed as the future of manned airpower in the U.S., the F-35 is a product of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history. According to one Pentagon report, the price tag will reach $1.4 trillion.

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Special Ops forced to use flawed intel equipment in war zones

special ops using flawed intel equipmentThe military has been trying to force special operations troops heading to war zones to use flawed government software for intelligence analysis instead of a commercial alternative they say they need, according to government records and interviews.

Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq and other hostile environments have requested software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company that has synthesized data for the CIA, the Navy SEALs and the country's largest banks, among other government and private entities.

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Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

Bowe BergdahlSgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan, has been charged by the Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The misbehavior charge carries a potential life sentence, the Army said in a statement, but legal analysts said that it was likely Bergdahl will reach an agreement that could avoid prison time.

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State Department: U.S. pulls remaining forces out of Yemen

US troops leave YemenThe U.S. military has pulled its remaining personnel out of Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation, the U.S. State Department said.

The evacuation involved about 100 Special Operations forces members from the Al Anad airbase, sources in the region familiar with the situation told CNN. The State Department called it a temporary relocation.

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VA watchdog's investigation contradicted

VA investigation challengedThe Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general may have wrongly claimed in a report last year that one of the top procurement officials at the VA steered contracts worth millions of dollars to friends, according to the inspector general at the Treasury Department.

Eric Thorson, the Treasury inspector general, also implied in a letter Thursday to Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, that the claims in the report issued by the office of acting VA Inspector General Richard Griffin were influenced by a dispute between a VA employee and the procurement executive, who now works at Treasury.

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