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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203

Posted: 09/16/2014 - As of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

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US will be ramping up airstrikes soon -- in Iraq

Posted: 09/12/2014 - As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold as early as next week -- in Iraq.

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Lawmakers from both sides back president's plan

Updated: 09/11/2014 - Republicans and Democrats in Congress are voicing strong support today for President Barack Obama's call for new authority to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

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US launches airstrikes around Iraq's Haditha Dam

Updated: 09/07/2014 - The U.S. military says it's launched airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents for the first time in that area as the group tries to capture the vital dam.

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Kansas State professor gets $2.52 million NIH grant

Posted: 09/05/2014 - A Kansas State University researcher is receiving a $2.52 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to compare typical Army physical training with a newer type of workout.

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Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

Posted: 08/30/2014 - President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.

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GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

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Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

Posted: 08/21/2014 - A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million -- or 100 million Euros-- in ransom for his release.

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US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

Posted: 08/21/2014 - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

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US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

Posted: 08/20/2014 - A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes.

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Sale of custom guitars to help fund vets memorial

Posted: 08/19/2014 - Event organizers hope the sale of five customized guitars at a fundraiser will raise $50,000 to support the construction of the Reno County Veterans' Memorial.

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Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

Posted: 08/12/2014 - Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.

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