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Peshmerga soldiers conduct tactical movements during a live-fire exercise under the supervision and instruction of Italian soldiers near Erbil, Iraq, March 28, 2016. Kurdish fighters could play a significant role in helping liberate Mosul from the Islamic State.<br>Jessica Hurst/U.S. Army

Battle for Mosul appears to be entering final stage

A sniper lurks among desolated buildings of an abandoned village just over the hillside where Kurdish soldiers are dug in behind a berm, but Serbest Tivanisi, the Kurdish sector commander, doesn’t flinch as he peers over the sandbags.

14:42 August 27, 2016
A Sailor watches as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 26, 2016.<br>Bobby Baldock/U.S. Navy

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Navy likely to face further Iranian provocations in Persian Gulf

U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf can expect increased harassment by Iranian vessels as Iran’s hard-liners seek to bolster their position ahead of next year’s Iranian election and the U.S. is absorbed in its own electoral campaign.

15:07 August 27, 2016
Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.<br>Halit Onur Sandal/AP

Report: Turkish soldier killed, 3 wounded in northeastern Syria

Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

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Gen. Arthur J. Lichte<br>U.S. Air Force

Air Force investigating sexual assault report against 4-star general

The Air Force is investigating a sexual-assault report against a retired four-star general who was on active duty at the time of the alleged incident, service officials said Friday.

10:18 August 27, 2016
An undated photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency shows an 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea.<br>Korean Central News Agency

UN condemns 4 North Korean ballistic missile launches

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August on Friday night, calling them "grave violations" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

07:46 August 27, 2016
A pair of stranded mariners signal for help as a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew flies over in support of a Coast Guard search and rescue mission on an uninhabited island in Micronesia on Aug. 25, 2016.<br>U.S. Navy

'SOS' in sand on remote island leads search crews to stranded mariners

The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports.

12:46 August 27, 2016
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