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Jihadi e-book advises sleeper cells

Jihadi e-book advises sleeper cells

Offering suggestions that terrorism experts say range from troubling to goofy, a new jihadi e-book obtained over the weekend by The Tampa Tribune tells how Islamic sleeper cells can remain under the radar and attack when necessary.
Published: 03/30/15

Socom tracking money that funds violent extremists

The issue of how violent extremist organizations get their money can’t get enough attention. Especially with the growing nexus between groups like the Iranian-backed Hizballah and drug trafficking organizations, who operate in the same shadowy...
Published: 03/29/15
Afghan leader pays visit to Centcom headquarters

Afghan leader pays visit to Centcom headquarters

MacDill Air Force Base played host to a Afghan dignitary today as that nation’s Chief Executive Office Abdullah Abdullah visited U.S. Central Command headquarters.
Published: 03/27/15
After U.S. airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

After U.S. airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.
Published: 03/26/15
Vietnam ceremony in Brandon to mark war program’s 50th anniversary

Vietnam ceremony in Brandon to mark war program’s 50th anniversary

BRANDON — For Walt Raysick of Brandon, his time in Vietnam, from 1969 to 1970, accounted for only a short time of his collective 30 years of service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines.
Published: 03/25/15
Updated: 03/27/15
No pigs: Tampa VA hospital enforces service animal rules

No pigs: Tampa VA hospital enforces service animal rules

No more pigs will be allowed into the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Or any other animal that is not a trained and certified guide or service dog. That’s the message Interim Director Marjorie Hedstrom delivered to Congress members, community leaders and others considered hospital “stakeholders.”
Published: 03/25/15
Updated: 03/26/15
Former Pentagon spokesman ready for life after the podium

Former Pentagon spokesman ready for life after the podium

If he was still the Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby would have been consumed by the big news of the day Wednesday, that Army Sgt, Bowe Bergdahl was being charged with desertion after his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009.
Published: 03/25/15
Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

Official: U.S. military to charge Bergdahl with desertion

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service.
Published: 03/25/15
VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON — Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.
Published: 03/24/15
After threats, Centcom warns troops about social media posts

After threats, Centcom warns troops about social media posts

A day after media reports surfaced that a group identifying itself as the Islamic State Hacking Division called for the killings of 100 U.S. service members, the chief of staff of U.S. Central Command issued a warning to Centcom troops and families a...
Published: 03/23/15
Updated: 03/24/15