On March 4, 2002, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman voluntarily joined a rescue team going into an al-Qaeda terrorist stronghold on Takur Ghar Mountain. Upon landing, the rescue team soon ran into enemy personnel, and Chapman killed two of them. While advancing on a machine gun nest, the team came under fire from three sides. At close range and with little cover, he exchanged fire with the enemy until dying from multiple wounds. <br>U.S. Air Force photo

Air Force seeks Medal of Honor for airman who died in Afghanistan

The secretary of the Air Force is pushing to award a Medal of Honor to the first Connecticut native to die in the war in Afghanistan, based on new evidence 14 years after his death.

12:39 August 28, 2016
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Dec. 22, 2011.The ship Gaeta is assigned to returned to its port after 80 days at sea. It is a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings for one lucky sailor to have the honor of being the first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On this occasion, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.<br>Brian J. Clark/The Virginian-Pilot

Whatever happened to couple who had Navy's 1st gay homecoming kiss?

The kiss lasted only seconds. That was long enough to surprise the world.

14:35 August 28, 2016
Turkish troops return from the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.<br>Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP

Syrian rebels advance on Kurds as Turkish strikes kill 35

The fighting pits a NATO ally against a U.S.-backed proxy that is the most effective ground forces battling Islamic State in Syria.

10:34 August 28, 2016
Marco Leon Calarca, a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is one of the guerrilla group's peace negotiators in Havana, Cuba. <br>Jim Wyss, Miami Herald/TNS

Colombian peace deal could mark a rare victory for US diplomacy

It would be a validation of Plan Colombia, the U.S. counternarcotics and security-aid package that has sent roughly $10 billion to Bogota since 2000.

10:53 August 28, 2016
Zeravani, a specialized branch of the Peshmerga soldiers, conduct a tactical withdrawal during a patrol training exercise at Bnaslawa, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2016.<br>Kalie Jones/U.S. Army

US intelligence indicates a weaker Islamic State

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria’s border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

15:31 August 27, 2016
A Sailor watches as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 26, 2016.<br>Bobby Baldock/U.S. Navy


Navy faces 'new normal' in Persian Gulf: more Iran provocations

U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf can expect increased harassment by Iranian vessels as Iran’s hard-liners seek to bolster their position ahead of next year’s Iranian election and the U.S. is absorbed in its own electoral campaign.

01:04 August 28, 2016
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