A downed U.S. aircraft in Iraq or Syria could mean ‘boots on the ground’

Gen. Martin Dempsey, asked if he was willing to conduct search and rescue operations for a downed American pilot in Iraq or Syria, answered unequivocally: “Yes and yes.“

    Here’s who the U.S. military will deploy to fight Ebola

    Here’s who the U.S. military will deploy to fight Ebola

    The 3,000 personnel are likely to include everything from doctors to truck drivers.

    Chelsea Manning offers punditry on Iraq mission

    Chelsea Manning offers punditry on Iraq mission

    Manning, convicted last year of leaking classified U.S. information, argues in a new piece for the Guardian newspaper that the United States cannot defeat the Islamic State by bombing them.

    Inside #22Kill, a star-studded campaign to fight veteran suicide

    Inside #22Kill, a star-studded campaign to fight veteran suicide

    The initiative is a nod toward a jarring statistic: About 22 military veterans commit suicide each day.

    TRANSCRIPT: Hagel testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Islamic State

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a statement explaing U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria.

    TRANSCRIPT: Dempsey testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Islamic State

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria.

    Investigation into F-35 fighter jet fire close to complete

    Investigation into F-35 fighter jet fire close to complete

    Since the fire on June 23, investigators have determined that there was excessive rubbing between a seal that’s part of an engine rotor and a piece of hard plastic designed to absorb the contact.

    Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

    Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

    Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

    NSA Secrets

    FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Revelations and reaction

    The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

    F/A-18 fighter jets collided near Navy aircraft carrier

    F/A-18 fighter jets collided near Navy aircraft carrier

    The crash was first reported by Navy officials early Friday. One pilot has been recovered and is in fair condition.

    More drawings from The Washington Post’s artist in Afghanistan

    Richard Johnson is embedded with the U.S. Army in Paktia province, Afghanistan.

    Lone insurgent to survive attack on a coalition base is on Afghanistan’s death row

    Lone insurgent to survive attack on a coalition base is on Afghanistan’s death row

    Mohammed Nazeer, now 24, was convicted and sentenced to death by an Afghan trial court. But it still isn’t certain the punishment will stand.

    U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, mapped by region

    U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, mapped by region

    The U.S. military has launched at least 157 airstrikes in Iraq since President Obama authorized them Aug. 7.