Stories tagged: military
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 4:55 A.M.
With new anti-ISIS plan due next week, Pentagon considering troops in Syria
The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President …
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 2:36 P.M.
Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’
President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated what he called “a military operation” to round up and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes or caused violence in the United States.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 2:28 P.M.
Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won’t enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be “no mass deportations.” The declarations came as …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 3:36 P.M.
Trump’s federal hiring freeze forces two Army bases to suspend child care services
Major U.S. Army bases at Fort Knox, Ky., and Wiesbaden, Germany, are shutting down child care and education services for military families due to President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze on …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:18 A.M.
Vietnam education center gets $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has received a $10 million grant for its proposed education center adjacent to its famous memorial on the Mall in Washington. The fund said the …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 6:03 P.M.
Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead
Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 1:45 P.M.
Afghan troops surround vice president’s compound in Kabul standoff
Government troops surrounded the fortified luxury home of First Vice President Abdurrashid Dostum in the Afghan capital Tuesday in an all-day standoff, raising fears of a violent confrontation with his …
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 4:49 A.M.
Sharp increase in missing drugs at some VA hospitals
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 4:08 P.M.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 3:11 P.M.
U.S. advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul
U.S. military advisers are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against the Islamic State, a sign of President Donald Trump’s willingness to grant more latitude to American …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 9:59 A.M.
Defense Secretary Mattis: U.S. will stay in Iraq a while
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 6 A.M.
Billings high school grads help Microsoft reshape reality
Microsoft plans to unveil its next-generation three-dimensional experience sometime this year, and two Billings high school graduates left their mark on the project.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 8:55 A.M.
Avalanche kills 7 army troops in Kazakhstan
A Kazakhstan emergency official says seven army soldiers have died in an avalanche in the ex-Soviet republic’s southern mountains.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 8:11 A.M.
Four NATO nations would pick Russia to defend them if threatened: poll
Who you gonna call? For the citizens of four NATO countries asked which military power they’d want fighting on their side if attacked, the answer was simple – Russia. That …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:57 A.M.
NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea
NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance’s naval presence in the Black Sea in response to an increasingly aggressive Russia.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 11:51 A.M.
Coast Guard tracking Russian spy ship near U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut
Officials are tracking a Russian spy ship that cruised up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton Wednesday in what some lawmakers …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 8:04 P.M.
Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 5:25 A.M.
Russian jets buzz a US destroyer at close range; a first during Trump administration
Multiple Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. destroyer patrolling in the Black Sea last week, in an incident the captain of the American ship called “unsafe,” the Pentagon said Tuesday. The …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 11:13 A.M.
Iranians trample on U.S. flag, mark 1979 Islamic Revolution
Iranians on Friday marked the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution with nationwide celebrations and mass rallies that saw people step on large U.S. flags laid out on the …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 10:32 A.M.
U.K. shuts down contentious probe into Iraq War abuse claims
The British government announced Friday that it is shutting down a contentious seven-year-old inquiry into allegations of abuse by U.K. troops in Iraq. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the Iraq …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:34 A.M.
Assad says U.S. troops welcome in Syria to fight terrorism
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against “terrorists” in Syria – as long as it …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 11:40 A.M.
U.S., Chinese aircraft in ‘unsafe’ encounter over S. China Sea
A Chinese early warning aircraft and a U.S. Navy patrol plane had an “unsafe” encounter over the South China Sea this week, the U.S. Pacific Command said Friday, in the …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 8:17 P.M.
Top U.S. commander says more troops needed in Afghanistan
A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 1:32 P.M.
Egypt shuts down organization treating torture victims
Egyptian police on Thursday morning shuttered an organization that treats victims of torture and trauma, said a prominent psychiatrist who founded the center, describing it as part of the latest …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 7:57 A.M.
President Trump attacks Sen. McCain for questioning success of deadly Yemen raid
President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday, saying that the senator’s negative assessment of a deadly raid in Yemen last month “emboldens the enemy!”
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 4:23 A.M.
Syria war seethes despite cease-fire
Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a cease-fire reached in December between the rebels and the government. Though the two sides sat face-to-face in the Kazakh capital of Astana a …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 2:49 P.M.
Pentagon: Airstrikes in Syria kill 11 al-Qaida operatives
The Pentagon says two U.S. airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaida operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaida leaders.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 1:36 P.M.
Israeli military responds to tank fire from Syria
The Israeli military says it has struck a target in Syria in response to a tank round fired at the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 9:42 A.M.
Pentagon looking to rent space at Trump Tower
The United States military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump returns to his longtime home in New York City. A Pentagon spokesman …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 8:18 A.M.
US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months
The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he expects to retake Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria from the Islamic State group within the next six months and the …