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Fight against Islamic State militants

US-led coalition conducted 20 air strikes in Iraq, 4 in Syria in most recent 24-hour reporting period, Combined Joint Task Force says - @Reuters

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anthrax

US military officials say no signs of infection at 19 separate military and civilian labs that mistakenly received anthrax samples - @NBCNews

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Osan Air Base, Pyeongtaek, Kyeongki-Do, KR

Pentagon: 1 live anthrax sample was sent to South Korea; no evidence of exposure - @Reuters

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United States

4 US civilians have been recommended to take preventive prophylaxis over anthrax sample mishap - @Reuters

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anthrax

CDC: Private lab working as part of Department of Defense effort to develop new test to identify biological threats contacted CDC about live anthrax shipment; investigation ongoing - @NBCNews

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California, US

More: Live Anthrax samples sent to Defense Department, private industry labs in 9 different states, US officials say; no risk to public, samples 'secured' - @NBCNews

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Pentagon says openly sectarian code name given to Ramadi operations 'unhelpful,' describes Iraqi advance near Ramadi as shaping operation ahead of offensive to retake city - @Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US and allies staged 22 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, 5 in Syria during most recent 24-hour reporting period, joint command says - @Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US and its allies conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over most recent 24-hour reporting period - Combined Joint Task Force statement

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Lockheed Martin

Pentagon: Lockheed Martin wins $735.5 million contract to maintain and operate several US military secure communications satellites - @Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

More: Joint Task Force commander says 'We regret the unintentional loss of lives' after announcing 2 children were likely killed in US airstrike in Syria - @NBCNews

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US military: 2 children likely killed by US airstrike in Syria in November - @Reuters

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White House

Photo: In brief remarks to reporters, President Obama welcomes new Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to cabinet - @jeffmason1

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder 'confident' Iraqi forces will recover Ramadi - @CENTCOM

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Yemen crisis

Pentagon says its monitoring Iranian ships 'every step of the way' - @Reuters

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Yemen crisis

Iran cargo ship headed to Yemen has 'linked up' with 2 Iranian warships, Pentagon says - @Reuters

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US 2015 budget debate

House panel approves $578.6 billion blueprint for defense; includes 2.3% pay raise for military - @AP_Politics

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Pakistan

At least 4 militants killed in US drone strike in northwestern Pakistan's Shawal region, local officials say - @Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US military official describes Islamic State militant killed in Syria as group's 'emir of oil and gas' - @nytimes

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Wife of senior Islamic State leader killed in US raid being debriefed for operations intelligence and information on hostages, National Security Council spokesperson says - @NBCNews

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