By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Music, helicopters, history and food will make for a good time for a good cause this weekend. This Friday and Saturday is Weekend for Our Heroes, an event that will raise money to build a Vietnam Memorial replica wall in Veterans Park in Tupelo. The wall will be […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of “a steady, relentless effort” to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign […]

JACKSON (AP) – The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says he will support a request to fill a gap in the Army National Guard budget. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says Tuesday that he’s urging other members of Congress to support the National Guard Bureau’s request to reallocate some money. Mississippi […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi Army National Guard officials say a federal budget shortfall is forcing it to postpone weekend drills to late September with the hope that funding will become available later. Spokesman Tim Powell says that Mississippi, like many other states, has called off training because of the National Guard Bureau is $101 million […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal WEST POINT – A $38 million contract to upgrade Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected armored vehicles will put about 200 people to work at the Navistar Defense facility here. On Thursday, Navistar announced it had been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract to “reset and standardize” International MaxxPro MRAPS for the U.S. […]

By Michael Felberbaum Associated Press FORT LEE, Va. – An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command’s headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day. The soldier, who has not […]

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON – American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, a U.S. official said, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks. The strikes came in the hours after militants released a gruesome […]

By Julie Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON – U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby […]

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Julie Pace and Robert Burns Associated Press WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Thursday night he had authorized the U.S. military to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq, threatening to revive U.S. military involvement in the country’s long sectarian war. He also said the U.S. military […]