Military

12:18pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Wildfires

Military C-130 MAFFS Remain Over Western Wildfires

A MAFFS equipped C-130 over the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012
Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher The National Guard

Air Force C-130’s equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System will continue to fight western wildfires. To date, they have dropped over 1.2 million gallons of fire retardant according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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4:56am

Thu August 29, 2013
Politics

Obama Hasn't Made Case For Striking Syria, Rumsfeld Says

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:02 am

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2011.
Michael Reynolds EPA /Landov

2:31pm

Wed August 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:44 pm

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., has gotten dozens of House members to sign on to a letter demanding that President Obama ask for the official blessing of Congress before attacking Syria.
Steve Helber AP

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted.

Opinions about Syria are all over the map, with many lawmakers saying the president cannot proceed without first getting authorization from Congress.

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1:05pm

Wed August 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Fort Hood Gunman Nidal Hasan Sentenced To Death For 2009 Attack

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Nidal Hasan, seen here in 2010, has been sentenced to death for killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 more in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.
Bell County Sheriff's Office handout Getty Images

Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death by a military jury. The same jury found Hasan guilty last week of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan also wounded more than 30 others in the attack.

We'll add more details as news emerges.

Update at 3:40 p.m. ET: Tossed From Army; Appeals Automatic

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4:54am

Wed August 28, 2013
World

Britain Seeks U.N. OK For Military Action Against Syria

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

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British Prime Minister David Cameron, who says it is time for the U.N. Security Council "to live up to its responsibilities on Syria."
Stefan Wermuth Reuters /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Philip Reeves reports on the resolution Britain will put before the U.N. Security Council
  • From 'Morning Edition': Alastair Crooke on the crisis in Syria

Some of the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria and the increasing likelihood that the U.S. and its allies will soon launch missile strikes on targets there in response to last week's alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad:

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