JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Stationed in Khandahar, Afghanistan, for nine months in 2012, Sgt. Matthew Thomason got used to falling asleep to the lullaby of gunfire and explosions — so much so that he could tell what kind of weapon was being fired just by the sound. When he returned home to Clark County in September 2013, he thought he would miss the noise of war as he transitioned back to the quiet civilian world.
While the international community squirmed in distress when Britain voted to leave the European Union, there was one country which was quick to voice its optimism: Iran. Even though only a few Iranian political and military leaders decided to speak about Brexit, the ones who did expressed support and even enthusiasm for the referendum.
Jamie Brunette was the very definition of “success”: forward-thinking, a solid family support structure, close friends, and 11 highly productive years in the U.S. Air Force. But Jamie was never able to fully realize her goals. The 30-year-old was found dead in the back of her car on February 9th of 2015.

By Wes O’Donnell, Managing Editor,

10. F/A-18 Hornet: $94 million

First entering service in the 1980s, the twin-engine fighter plane was the U.S.’s first strike fighter — an aircraft capable of attacking both ground and aerial targets. It has seen action in Operation Desert Storm and as the aircraft of the Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. Continue Reading

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS.
Russia’s intent to privatize (or at least sell shares in) oil company Bashneft has raised eyebrows around the world as industry executives consider gaining access to some prime resources and others worry if the risk of further interference by either national or local governments is too high to make such an investment attractive.