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 […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, NEW MEXICO – Spanning the globe is part of the job for Air Force Capt. Cooper Livingston. Over the summer, the 2002 Tupelo High School alumnus was part of a mission that traveled around the world in 27 days. “We went through Europe, then down […]

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Dewey McCoy was 19 and fresh off the farm when he was drafted into the Navy during World War II.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal WHEELER – Between 11th and 12th grades, Dewey McCoy took a break to fight for his country. “They drafted me,” the 91-year-old Wheeler resident said. He didn’t get a choice about which branch of the service to join, but if given a choice today, he’d go the same way: […]

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Members of the 858th Engineer Company, based in Calhoun City, try to find their bags at Tupelo Regional Airport after arriving home in the early morning hours on Thursday.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – After hours of waiting on a delayed flight, families and friends of the 858th Engineering Company gathered Thursday near the runway at Tupelo Regional Airport to welcome the National Guard unit home from Afghanistan. It was a night full of firsts for some of the soldiers, who were […]

Daily Journal Members of the 858th Engineer Company (Horizontal), which is headquartered in Calhoun City, will return home tonight after service in Afghanistan. Approximately 150 soldiers, including about 45 from the Okolona-based Detachment 1, will arrive at Tupelo Regional Airport around 10:45 p.m. While in Afghanistan, engineers conducted retrograde operations and base closures, and soldiers […]

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Veteran Scott Burns tosses out a prize to every kid who was seated at a table in the food court that donated money for Purple Heart Homes on Saturday afternoon at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. The organization builds and modifies homes for disabled veterans, and Burns' week-long fundraising at the mall will benefit that cause and Eight Days of Hope.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – Scott Burns won’t be leaving the food court of The Mall at Barnes Crossing for the next six days as he raises money for veterans and tornado victims. He kicked off his fundraising rally Saturday during the food court’s lunch rush. Burns, who is hosting his eighth annual […]

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Raymond Avery of Elbert, Colorado, joins his longtime friend Matt Litrell passing through Tupelo on Thursday as they take part in a cross country ride to raise money for the Semper Fi fund.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – Two men dressed in frontiersman clothes, complete with leather chaps, rode on horseback down Main Street on Thursday afternoon, two packhorses in tow. The men, Matt Littrell and Raymond Avery, of Elbert, Colorado, are riding across the United States to raise money and awareness of the struggles and […]