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US soldier killed in explosion near Mosul

Mosul: US soldier killedAn American soldier has been killed in an explosion near Mosul as the battle continues to drive Isis militants out of their former stronghold.

A spokesperson for US Central Command said: "A US service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday."

No further information was immediately released, but the blast came after a number of deaths and injuries caused by mines and improvised explosive devices littering Isis' former territories.

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Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Two U.S. special forces troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that the military was investigating if the two troops may have been killed by ground fire, either by American forces or Afghan commandos taking part in the raid, though it appeared to be accidental.

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Two US soldiers killed, one wounded in Afghanistan

Two US soldiers, one wounded in AfghanistanTwo U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and a third was wounded in action on Wednesday evening during a raid against a branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), officials announced.

The service members were conducting an operation with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces against ISIS-K insurgents in Nangarhar Province, located in the eastern region of Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman.

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US commander not confident North Korea will refrain from nuclear assault

Admiral Harry HarrisThe US admiral in charge of a potential conflict with North Korea has said his goal is to bring Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”.

Tensions between the US and North Korea are white-hot ahead of an anticipated sixth nuclear test from Pyongyang and its accelerating long-range missile development. Donald Trump has invited the entire US Senate to the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a classified briefing on the situation.

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US F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast

Russian bombers intercepted near AlaskaTwo Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska by two US F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed to CNN.

The intercept, which was described by a US military official as safe and professional, took place about 100 miles from Kodiak Island after the Russian aircraft flew into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.

There was no cockpit-to-cockpit radio communication between the US and Russian pilots, the US official told CNN.

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Aircraft carrier wasn’t moving toward North Korea when WH said it was

Aircraft carrierA U.S. aircraft carrier was heading away from the Sea of Japan last week when the White House announced it was moving toward the location, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Navy announced on April 9 that its Carl Vinson Strike Group would skip a regularly scheduled visit to Australia and head toward the western Pacific Ocean, a move the White House later said was a deterrent to North Korea's recent provocations.

But as the Times first noted, the Navy posted a picture taken April 15 showing the strike force in the Sunda Strait, an area off the coast of Indonesia and thousands of miles from North Korea.

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Pentagon readies largest deployment in Somalia since Black Hawk Down

Somali soldiersThe U.S. military authorized an additional 40 ground troops be deployed in Somalia, the largest presence in the African country since the 1993 incident known as Black Hawk Down.

The Pentagon said 40 soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.,-based 101st Airborne Division would be deployed to Somalia to help assist the fledgling central government's armed forces with logistical training and support in its ongoing fight against the terrorist group al-Shabab.

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