The Marines will join the approximately 500 U.S. troops already in Syria, such as these U.S. forces on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Sunday.
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Fiancee Jessica Paker looks on as Ret. Marine Sgt. John Peck works with occupational therapist Meredith Grinnell. Peck, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2010, recently received a double arm transplant after a two-year wait on a transplant list.
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Jason Brezler in the market of Nowzad on May 7, 2010, with village elders, Afghan National Police and U.S. Marines. Maj. Brezler is now facing a possible discharge from the Marines after he emailed classified documents.
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Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles.
This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech.
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U.K. armed forces and U.S. Marines have ended combat operations in Afghanistan. In a formal handover, British troops stood with peers from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Afghan National Security Forces as the Union Flag and Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at the Bastion-Leatherneck complex Sunday.
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Shirley Parrello's son, Brian, died in Iraq almost ten years ago. Sgt. Kevin Powell was with him that day, and he says he can still picture Brian Parello in the moments after the IED exploded.