Stories tagged: military
Tue., June 20, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Trump’s pick for No. 2 Pentagon job faces tough questions during confirmation hearing
President Donald Trump’s choice to take the No. 2 job at the Pentagon had a rocky confirmation hearing Tuesday, with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., at one …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 6:45 p.m.
U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates
The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that that the U.S. has downed aircraft affiliated …
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 6:06 p.m.
Japan investigates delay in reporting U.S. Navy ship collision
Japan’s coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported.
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Russia warns U.S. after downing of Syrian warplane
Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the …
Mon., June 19, 2017, 8:39 a.m.
Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning
Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
UN believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul
The U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq says the United Nations believes between 120,000 and 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul’s Old City, where Islamic State extremists want to keep them …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Missing soldier’s remains returned to Montana after 66 years
The remains of a soldier who died 66 years ago in the Korean War have been returned to his family in Montana.
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:32 p.m.
U.N. says aid to 9 million Syrian children is in peril
The U.N. children’s agency warned Friday that a critical funding shortfall is threatening aid to 9 million Syrian children, both in their country and among the refugees in neighboring states.
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Uncertainty over Islamic State leader’s fate after airstrike
Russia is verifying intelligence that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed near Raqqa, Syria, during a bombing raid conducted by its forces in May, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
Fri., June 16, 2017, 6:28 a.m.
Messy fight awaits Islamic State’s next Syrian capital at Mayadeen
As Islamic State militants take a pounding in their eroding Iraqi and Syrian strongholds, its leaders have set up a new headquarters in Syria away from the front lines, where …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
U.S. to send almost 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan
A Trump administration official says the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
A surprising number of men in Washington aren’t registering for the draft. That’s a felony.
Federal officials say nearly 1 out of 6 young men in Washington state are committing a felony, and they might not even know it.
Thu., June 15, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
Syrian troops advance against Islamic State
Syrian government forces are marching toward the last town held by the Islamic State group in the central province of Homs in the latest push by President Bashar Assad’s troops …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
Trump hands to Pentagon decisions on troop levels in Afghanistan
President Donald Trump’s decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan won’t mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
U.S. deploys mobile missile system to eastern Syria
The U.S. has deployed a truck-mounted missile system into Syria, an official said Wednesday, to a forward operating group of rebels and U.S. military advisers that have repeatedly clashed with …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Qatar slams `illegal siege’ as neighbors try to sway U.S.
Qatar said it is under an “illegal siege” by the Saudi-led alliance, which raised the stakes in the diplomatic crisis by encouraging the U.S. to move a key military base …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
UN: ‘Staggering’ loss of life reported from U.S.-led air raids on ISIS-held Raqqa
Intensified airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition have caused a “staggering” loss of civilian life around the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a United Nations investigator said Wednesday.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
Senate heads toward showdown vote on Saudi weapons sale
The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump’s plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided …
Tue., June 13, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Two DynCorp workers accused of bilking State Department out of millions in Iraq
Workers for government contractor DynCorp International conspired to bilk the State Department out of millions of dollars, according to a federal investigation in Virginia.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Pentagon under fire for delays in new Afghanistan war plan
Senators sharply criticized Pentagon leaders Tuesday for not completing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged that “the enemy is surging right …
Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced in Iraq
Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Suspected North Korean drone reportedly photographed advanced U.S. defense site
A possible North Korean drone took numerous photos of a new U.S. missile defense site located in South Korea before crashing near the demilitarized zone between the two countries, the …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
3 soldiers killed in Afghanistan, deaths under investigation
Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge loved being a soldier since joining right after high school graduation and re-enlisted before shipping out late last year to Afghanistan, where he was killed with …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader, frees 9 kids
A top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp, a Nigerian official said Monday.
UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Pentagon: 3 U.S. soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan
Three American service members were killed and another was wounded Saturday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province, U.S. officials said.
Fri., June 9, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria’s Raqqa
The United Nation’s children agency warned Friday that the fight for the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children, …
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
14 killed as soldiers clash over drought food aid in Somalia
At least 14 people, most of them civilians, were killed Friday as soldiers clashed over food aid in drought-ravaged Somalia’s southwestern city of Baidoa, where tens of thousands of people …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabab attack on Somalia military base
Heavily armed al-Shabab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday. Residents said civilians, …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 7:33 p.m.
North Korea says it tested new anti-ship missile
North Korea’s latest launches of several suspected anti-ship missiles were short-range and landed well short of past efforts, but they still served as a defiant message for its enemies that …
Thu., June 8, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
U.S. says drone fired on U.S.-backed forces near Syrian camp
A drone that U.S. officials say was likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah militias fired on U.S.-backed troops Thursday near a military camp in southern Syria where the U.S.-led coalition is …