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The U.S. military is planning to start withdrawing troops from this volatile southern city, shifting them instead to neighboring rural areas even as the Taliban shows it is capable of penetrating the city to attack.
Workers at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis., authenticated the keel for LCS 5, the future USS Milwaukee, during a ceremony Oct. 27, recognizing the beginning of the ship's construction.
The assistant commandant says cutting the Corps to 150,000 Marines, as some analysts project, would mean it could not fulfill its mission during war, or respond adequately to crises and humanitarian disasters.
The Obama administration is consulting Congress on a proposal to transfer Marine Corps attack helicopters to Turkey, officials said, as Ankara tries to exact revenge for a major attack by Kurdish separatists.