White House reportedly considers sending special forces troops to Iraq
The Obama administration is reportedly considering sending up to 100 special forces troops to advise and train Iraqi troops who are fighting a desperate battle against Al Qaeda-inspired Sunni Muslim insurgents in that country's north and west.
The Associated Press, citing three U.S. officials, reported early Tuesday that the White House was weighing the option. It's not clear how quickly the special forces could arrive in Iraq. It's also unknown whether they would remain in Baghdad or be sent to the nation's north, where the Sunni Muslim insurgency Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has captured large swaths of territory ringing Baghdad, the capital of the Shiite-led government.
Iraq crisis pulls in U.S. and Iran as violent militants capture more cities
One by one, Iraqi cities seem to be falling to a militant group bent on continuing its march forward.
What's happening in Iraq now has all the makings of a civil war -- and a full-blown foreign policy crisis. The United States is mulling direct talks with Iran while it boosts security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with military personnel.
Why Iran? In recent days, Iran has sent hundreds of troops to fight alongside Iraqi government security forces in Diyala province, a senior security official in Baghdad told CNN.
Clearly, the crisis in Iraq is spilling far beyond its borders. Here's the latest:
Ukrainian official: Russian tanks have entered the country
Three Russian tanks and other military vehicles crossed the border into Ukraine on Thursday, prompting a skirmish between Ukrainian and Russian forces, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry told the BBC that the claim was "another fake piece of information."
According to Avakov, tanks crossed the border at a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. Armored vehicles and artillery were part of the columns, Avakov said, citing Ukrainian intelligence.
Man on probation arrested, let go, then allegedly kills Catholic priest
A California man was on probation when he was arrested then released for public intoxication, hours after which he allegedly killed a Roman Catholic priest in a church rectory.
The terms of slaying suspect Gary Lee Bullock's probation -- which were for three years tied to a November 2012 arrest for cocaine possession -- did not mandate that he should have remained behind bars after his arrest in southern Humboldt County, California, on New Year's Eve.
'Friendly fire' kills five American service members in Afghanistan
Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday.
The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province's police chief.
According to NATO, the troops were conducting a security operation. Such operations have been stepped up ahead of Afghanistan's presidential runoff election, which will take place Saturday.
Source: Possible 'manifesto' found in Las Vegas shootings
Police scouring the scenes where a couple shouting "revolution" gunned down two police officers and a civilian before killing themselves have found a possible "manifesto" among their belongings, a law enforcement official told CNN on Monday.
The official didn't disclose what's in the writings found at one of the scenes, and authorities have yet to publicly discuss a motive for Sunday's shootings at a Las Vegas pizza restaurant and outside a Walmart store.
But a police source told CNN on Sunday that the couple held extremist views toward law enforcement.
D-Day: A never-to-be-forgotten morning, 70 years ago
Every generation has its generational markers. For those of the World War II era, December 7, 1941, stands supreme, but the events of June 6, 1944, rank a close second. Seventy years ago on that day, 156,000 Allied soldiers, supported by many more sailors, airmen and marines, embarked on the long-awaited invasion of occupied Europe. This was an Allied effort, but American fighting men bore the brunt of the combat and the resulting sacrifice.
For decades, the members of the World War II generation have remembered where they were that June morning when they heard the news that the Allies had landed in Europe. The road to victory, still to be hard, nevertheless now appeared assured.
Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero
(CNN) -- The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him -- veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men.
"I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him."
Ukraine military helicopter shot down, leaving 14 troops and general dead
A Ukrainian military general and 14 soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday, the country’s acting president said.
Oleksandr Turchynov said rebels used a portable air defense missile to down the helicopter over the city of Slovyansk.
He told parliament that Gen. Serhiy Kulchytskiy was among those who died, according to the Interfax news agency.
Deadline for pro-Russian rebels to leave Donetsk passes
A deadline imposed by Kiev for pro-Russian rebels to leave buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has passed.
Earlier Tuesday, a Ukrainian government spokesman told Fox News that the rebels should flee or face "precision weaponry."
The Ukrainian government said the pro-Russia separatist militants in Donetsk had until 4 p.m. local time to leave the buildings they are occupying. An hour after the deadline passed, there were no signs of military action, according to a Fox News reporter in the city.
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