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How Three Veterans Uncovered the Iraq War's Biggest Untold Story

Abandoned Iraqi chemical weapons wounded at least 600 U.S. soldiers. Telling their stories would be no easy feat.<p>John Ismay was in the business of tracking explosives and bombs in surge-era Iraq. His first week there introduced him to an open secret: Coalition forces routinely found chemical …

UK launches first drone strike in Iraq against Isis militants

Britain has launched its first drone strike against Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Iraq.<p>An RAF Reaper drone fired a Hellfire missile at Isis forces laying improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Baiji, the site of Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence said on …

Labour beats Ukip to land data guru

Ian Warren, a self-taught election forecaster who worked with Ukip during recent byelection, rejects ‘daft money’ to join Labour<p>The Labour party has hired a Bolton-based betting expert to be its general election data guru after a bidding war with Ukip.<p>Ian Warren, 44, a self-taught election …

Dangerous Russia-West military incidents increase amid Ukraine crisis

The number of potentially dangerous military incidents involving Russia and the West has grown since the Ukraine crisis erupted early this year, a …

Global warming 'will require more UK troops sent to fight overseas'

Britain launches first drone strike in Iraq against Islamic State

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched its first drone strike in Iraq against Islamic State (IS) fighters at the weekend, the government said on Monday, saying a Hellfire missile had been fired at militants laying improvised explosive devices.<p>Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security …

If ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Killed, Who Is Caliph Of The Islamic State Group?

If reports Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. aristrike are true, his loss raises the question of whether ISIS can …

Billions Have Been Spent on Technology to Find IEDs, but Dogs Still Do It Better

These working dogs have saved countless soldiers' lives—and helped prevent PTSD.<p>Next Tuesday, Veterans Day, is a time to show gratitude to all the soldiers who've helped keep America safe, including the furry, four-legged ones. In a new book, <i>War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love</i>, …

Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do

Amazon’s Echo defies easy description. Actually, that’s not quite true: the easy way to describe it is “creepy as hell”. What’s trickier is explaining what it is.<p>The Echo <i>(below)</i> is a 20cm-tall black cylinder, that sits in your home and listens to everything you do. You will want it to do this, if …

ISIS fight in new phase, Obama says

The decision to increase U.S. troop deployments to Iraq isn't a sign the U.S. strategy against ISIS is failing, but rather a signal the campaign is entering a new phase, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on the CBS news program "Face the Nation."<p>The additional 1,500 …

Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.<p>The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the …