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21-day quarantine ordered for U.S. troops on Ebola mission to Africa

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed an order Wednesday requiring all U.S. troops returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa to be quarantined for 21 days to guarantee they don't have the virus.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff had recommended on Tuesday that all military personnel involved in the humanitarian mission in West Africa should undergo “controlled, supervised monitoring.”

The Pentagon’s move goes...

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Pentagon unveils name for ISIS battle: Operation Inherent Resolve

The Pentagon has finally given a name to the international military effort against Islamic State militants: “Operation Inherent Resolve.”

The name was revealed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff office Wednesday, more than two months after the U.S. began airstrikes against the Sunni extremists in Iraq and later in Syria.

It's not clear why the Pentagon delayed naming a military campaign that now involves...

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U.S. and allies carry out more airstrikes near Kobani, Syria

U.S. and Arab allies again pounded Islamic State strongholds near Kobani, a Syrian border city on the brink of falling to the militants.

Warplanes from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates carried out six strikes Tuesday and early Wednesday near the besieged town. The attacks were in addition to five strikes the day before.

Late Wednesday, U.S. Central Command announced that U.S. and Jordanian aircraft...

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Pentagon opens second mobile laboratory in fight against Ebola

Moving to help check the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the Pentagon on Friday opened its second mobile laboratory in Liberia, the country hit hardest by the deadly disease.

Three weeks after President Obama announced that the Pentagon would help respond to the growing crisis, military officials insist they are making progress despite severe logistical difficulties in the impoverished region.

“We...

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Arab allies took lead role in airstrikes on oil refineries

Arab allies were responsible for the majority of airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group’s oil refineries on Wednesday, flying more warplanes and dropping more bombs than U.S. aircraft, a Pentagon official said.

Arab nations' military involvement in the mission has been crucial for the Obama administration, which wants to avoid accusations it was again intervening in the Middle East in...

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Pentagon: No evidence that airstrikes killed civilians despite reports

Despite claims by activists that U.S. and allied Arab airstrikes killed up to two dozen civilians this week in Syria, a Pentagon official said the initial damage assessment did not confirm any civilian casualties. 

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said military intelligence is still incomplete, but the before and after imagery of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda sites hit by missiles and...

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