The Special Operations Command chief said his elite troops "can't do everything" and need a break from 15 and a half straight years of global warfare.
The U.S.-backed, majority-Kurd Syrian Democratic Forces and the Russia-backed Syrian military are separately threatening ISIS's final major strongholds.
Tensions between nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan are once again flaring up over the contested region of Kashmir.
The Army will send 1,500 paratroopers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division to "train, advise and assist" in Afghanistan.
Authorities have banned 22 social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
Despite a lagging economy, Moscow has boosted defense spending to come in just behind the U.S. and China.
Seoul has said it will not let its guard down and is watching the situation closely.
Russia's lack of jamming capabilities means they are developing a shrapnel weapon likely to be fired from vehicles.
The used Adelaide frigates could cost Poland as much as $700 million.
Serbia's Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic said Russia would provide his country with free jets, tanks and armored vehicles as Moscow seeks to increase its Balkans influence.
U.S. military advisers have begun dressing like their Iraqi counterterrorism allies in order to blend in and better coordinate with local forces fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul.
The new Army helmets will have a 24 percent lighter build. That means nearly 1 pound less weight on soldiers' heads.
The Syrian military once again faced off in Damascus with jihadist rebels attempting to strengthen the opposition's stance in international peace talks.
Moscow's envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko, has warned that any increased military activity near its borders could spark a new arms race.
The Syrian army, supported by Russian airstrikes, continued to advance against the Islamic State group as unknown militants killed dozens in Damascus.
The move will be Tokyo's biggest show of naval force in the region since World War II.
Votel said a strategy was still being developed and did not give details on the number of troops that would be required or when a final decision would be made.
The Army sergeant faces a court-martial for walking off his post in 2009.
Russia's Youth Army hopes to get youngsters enthused about Soviet military glory.
Russia's minister of defense said propaganda must be "smart, competent and effective."