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Russia has repeatedly claimed the reason for its buildup in Syria has been to fight the Islamic State, but NATO's top commander believes the presence of Russian anti-aircraft systems points to ulterior motives to hinder U.S. and allied operations.
The commander of the Navy SEALs is recommending that the naval special warfare units be opened to women, but warns that women will have greater risks of injury and the service will be pressured to adjust or lower standards.
Moscow has said it would hold "combat exercises" in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The maneuvers in the region could raise tensions with the United States, which accuses Russia of military buildup in Syria.
New satellite images released Tuesday reveal what appears to be new construction at two Syrian military facilities, the latest indicator that Russia may soon deploy its military forces into the country's civil war.
A lawsuit charges that the U.S. military's indifference to the crime of Afghan officials sexually abusing boys led to the killings of three Marines in 2012 by the youthful companion of a corrupt Afghan police chief.