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Michael Nelson, second from right, a Navy petty officer second class who works as an intelligence specialist with the 7th Fleet out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Devon Hays, right, a petty officer second class assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, patrol Honch, a drinking district outside the base popular with servicemembers, Monday, June 6, 2016. A ban for sailors in Japan from nonessential off-base activities and drinking alcohol has been lifted, Navy officials announced Tuesday.<br>Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes

Navy lifts alcohol ban for sailors in Japan

Sailors in Japan are now allowed to drink alcoholic beverages off-base until 10 p.m. and will be rolled back if sailors continue to exercise good judgment.

00:39 June 28, 2016
Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers died May 20, 2016 in Florida from injuries she sustained in April while rescuing a family from a burning building near Osan Air Base, South Korea.   <br>U.S. Air Force photo

Osan honors airman who died after helping rescue family from fire

The 731st Air Mobility Squadron at Osan Air Base has honored an airmen who died from injuries sustained while helping save a family from a burning building.

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Raja'a Zidan al-Ekabee sent this photo of her Kia Sorento to the U.S. Embassy along with an email saying that Americans had blown up her car in an airstrike, killing the driver and five of his relatives.<br>Courtesy of Raja'a Zidan al-Ekabee

US reopens investigation into Iraq bombing that killed at least 11 civilians

The U.S. military has reopened its investigation into a 2015 airstrike near the Iraqi city of Mosul that killed civilians, U.S. military officials said.

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This undated photo posted Monday, Nov. 4, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Office of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, shows fighting in Kobani, Syria.<br>Raqqa Media Office

US has trained less than 100 in Syria to fight Islamic State

Less than 100 additional Syrian leaders have been trained under a revamped U.S. program to fight the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said.

21:43 June 27, 2016
In this image taken by an Iraqi Counterterrorism Service photographer on Sunday, June 19, 2016, soldiers gather at the main gate of the hospital in Fallujah, Iraq after forces re-took the city center after two years of Islamic State control.<br>Iraq Counterterrorism Service

Iraqis start clearing bombs from Fallujah after pushing out Islamic State

Iraq’s security forces face a steep task in clearing Fallujah of booby-traps and bombs in the coming weeks after they claimed victory Sunday against the Islamic State group, which occupied the city for more than two years.

15:42 June 27, 2016
FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Department officials pressed McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for a change to a Senate proposal to limit veteran preference to a single use.<br>Evan Vucci/AP

Veteran preference in federal hiring 'third rail of civil service reform'

With an effort in Congress to scale back veteran preference in federal hiring awaiting action by a House-Senate conference committee, a former top personnel official says there's a better plan.

08:26 June 27, 2016
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