Veterans of the California National Guard have been required to pay back enlistment bonuses and student loans given them 10 years ago during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Los Angeles Times broke the story that many served multiple combat tours and didn't realize they were not entitled to payments of $15,000 or more. Today, after expressions of outrage from Congress, Secretary Ash Carter ordered that repayment demands be suspended. Leo Shane, Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Military Times, says California may not be the only state affected.
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When the Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, Turkey did not get all the land it thought it was entitled to. Now, the current President is demanding the right to intervene in Mosul, and possibly other places beyond Turkey's recognized borders.
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