"If you're going to slaughter me, slaughter me."
A coalition of countries is ramping up support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces ahead of an effort to liberate the Islamic State's two biggest cities. Is it going to be enough?
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that US service members would be able to serve openly and could not be discharged simply on the basis of their gender identity, effective immediately.
Now that women can hold any position in the US military, including on the front lines of war, Congress has taken up the debate over whether they should also be registered for the draft.
Three years ago, the military testified to Congress that its commanders were more inclined to pursue sexual assault cases than civilian prosecutors — but it now appears that its data was misleading.
The Pentagon's strategy in its fight against the Islamic State appears to be weakening the group, but there doesn't appear to be any way to finish it off.
The footage emerged just as US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in the Philippines to mark a new defense agreement between the two countries.
It was the second combat death of an American service member in Iraq since the start of the US campaign to fight the Islamic State.
Women in combat will soon have ovary-protecting armor and access to egg freezing.
The United States is using Delta Force commandos and cyber attacks to prepare for an eventual Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State.