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The Islamic State is growing at an alarming rate in Afghanistan, within striking distance of the capital, and there does not seem to be a concerted U.S. effort to strike the terrorists as there is in the Syria-Iraq theater.
Marine pilots identified the source of the problem almost immediately: "No. 2 again!" one of them yelled, just before the aircraft's rotor blades clipped the flight deck and sent the helicopter into the sea.
A complex 2016 defense spending bill that includes major Hampton Roads military projects and changes to sailors' pay and benefits was approved by Congress and sent to President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
NATO's secretary-general has rejected Moscow's claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn't intentional or important, saying there were two incidents and "the violation lasted for a long time."