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A Pakistani police officer and paramedics stand beside two dead bodies reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, at a hopsital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, May 22, 2016. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, had been killed in the strike.<br>Arshad Butt/AP

Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.

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Senate aims to boost buyout offers to Defense Department employees

The Defense Department could dangle a much larger cash carrot before its employees to induce them to resign or retire, under a budget bill up for Senate voting this week.

07:25 May 24, 2016
Approximately 2,000 protesters rallied in front of the gate at Marine Corps headquarters on Camp Foster on Sunday to protest the U.S. military presence in Okinawa after a former U.S. Marine who worked as a civilian on Kadena Air Base confessed to the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old local woman. <br>Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Obama, Abe to discuss Okinawa crime prior to summit

President Barack Obama and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss the case of a U.S. civilian suspected of murder on Okinawa prior to the G7 economic summit in Ise-shima, a Japan foreign ministry official said Tuesday.

06:00 May 24, 2016
This photo taken by freelance photographer Abdul Malik on Saturday, May 21, 2016, purports to show volunteers standing near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Afghan officials say another Taliban leader — known only as “Muzamil" —  was killed on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. <br>Abdul Malik/AP

Afghans claim top Taliban official in Helmand killed

The Taliban’s “shadow governor” in southern Helmand province was killed in an airstrike, Afghan authorities announced Tuesday, but the insurgents immediately denied the report.

10:07 May 24, 2016
Approximately 2,000 protesters rallied in front of the gate at Marine Corps headquarters on Camp Foster Sunday, May 22, 2016, to protest the U.S. military presence in Okinawa after a former U.S. Marine who worked as a civilian on Kadena Air Base confessed to the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old local girl.<br>Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Despite low crime rate, US military faces no-win situation on Okinawa

In spite of efforts by the U.S. to tamp down anti-base sentiment, many Okinawans believe crime intensifies the prefecture’s complicated relationship with the rest of Japan.

02:22 May 24, 2016
The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethen is in Thailand for Exercise Guardian Sea, which includes personnel from the U.S. 7th Fleet's Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7. The U.S. and Royal Thai navies will focus on "anti-submarine warfare and maritime domain awareness," a Navy statement said.<br>Courtesy of U.S. Navy

US, Thailand focus on anti-submarine drills at Guardian Sea

The U.S. and Thailand navies are focusing on “anti-submarine warfare and maritime domain awareness” during drills that began Monday off the Asian country’s west coast.

05:11 May 24, 2016

 

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