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IED kills U.S. service member in Helmand province, Afghanistan

IED kills US servicemanAn improvised explosive device killed a U.S. service member on patrol Tuesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

Another U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers were injured in the explosion in the city of Lashkar Gar. The U.S. Department of Defense will not reveal the identity of the deceased until next of kin have been notified.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan said an investigation is being conducted.

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U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes in Libya

US ramp up air strikes in LibyaThe United States ramped up its air campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya over the weekend, increasingly targeting jihadist snipers positioned in buildings around the city of Sirte, a U.S. defense official said.

Since the U.S. military opened a new front against ISIS by launching strikes in Libya, the terror group has adjusted its tactics, U.S. officials said. ISIS still depends on snipers to maintain its control of the Libyan city, but the group is no longer is as mobile because of U.S. airpower.

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'Drones playbook' shows key role played by White House staff in deadly strikes

Dones playlistThe White House staff for national security, exempt from review by Congress, plays a substantial role in the process for killing suspected terrorists, according to a newly released document on drone strikes.

The 2013 document, known informally as the “playbook” for Barack Obama’s signature counterterrorism operations, was released on Saturday by the justice department as the result of court requests by the American Civil Liberties Union. The playbook provides the closest look to date at the bureaucratic machinery of global killing that Obama will pass on to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

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UNHCR: 3,000 fleeing Iraqis seized by ISIL

Fleeing IraqisFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly captured up to 3,000 fleeing villagers in northern Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency, or UNHCR.

In its daily report on events in Iraq, UNHCR said on Friday that 12 of the captives were thought to had been executed by ISIL, also known as ISIS.

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Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

Russian helicopter downed in SyriaFive Russian military personnel died after their helicopter was shot down over Idlib province, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

"On August 1 a Russian transport helicopter Mi-8 was shot down with fire from the ground on the way to the Hmeymim air base, after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. There were three crewmembers and two officers" aboard, the ministry statement said.

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Scathing report in Britain slams Tony Blair over Iraq War

Blair must face war crimes trialThe Iraq war was mounted on flawed intelligence, was executed with “wholly inadequate” planning, and ended “a long way from success,” according to a damning report released Wednesday by the head of Britain’s Iraq War inquiry.

Retired civil servant John Chilcot, who oversaw the seven-year inquiry, said “the U.K. chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.”

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Obama slows troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; 8,400 staying through 2016

Afghan troop cdrawdown to be postponedPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a slowing in the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan as 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in the country through 2016.

There are 9,800 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan and the initial plan was to leave 5,500 there through the end of the year.

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